Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
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With its impressive Colin Ross-designed three-story glass façade, the former Empire Palace Theatre is at once welcoming and grand. It boasts one of the largest stages in the UK; so big that it has occasionally been converted into a studio theatre with room to spare. The auditorium seats over 1900 people on three levels. Maintaining a tradition for variety that dates back nearly two centuries, it programmes everything from popular comedy to classical opera. Not only is it the capital’s home for Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, it is also one of the cornerstones of the Edinburgh International Festival and, thanks to investment in cutting edge projection equipment, the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Having built a reputation as a leading dance house, it hosts a cutting-edge contemporary dance season alongside large-scale musicals, international ballet productions and a variety of one-night musical and comedy events. At street level, Café Lucia is open daily, and there are bars on each floor open on performance days in addition to private function rooms. The same management runs the King's Theatre.

Events at this venue

There are 36 events at this location

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The Addams Family

Samantha Womack and Cameron Blakely star in this theatrical adaptation of the classic TV show and film.

Tue 9 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

Wed 10 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

Thu 11 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 13 Mar 2021

Anton and Giovanni

Strictly Come Dancing professionals Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice join forces in 2021 for their first ever tour together - HIM ">THE best night out in the Summer of 2021 for all ages… A true dance extravaganza!  Produced by Strictly Theatre Co. and directed by Alan Burkitt. 

Fri 25 Jun 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Ballet Black: Mixed Bill

The pioneering dance company performs a new work by acclaimed choreography Will Tuckett and Mthuthuzeli November.

Fri 15 Jan 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Ballet West - The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker 2021 Ballet West’s Touring Company is proud to present the ever-popular ballet, The Nutcracker at venues across Scotland in January and February 2021. Including SEC Armadillo and Festival Theatre Edinburgh. A cast of over 100 dancers will take to the stage in Daniel F Job’s critically-acclaimed production…

Fri 12 Feb 2021

0131 529 6000

Bring It On: The Musical

A toe-tapping musical of female empowerment set in the world of high school cheerleading and based on the film of the same name. The music is co-written by none other than Lin-Manuel Miranda (the creator of Hamilton.)

Tue 24 Nov

0131 529 6000

Wed 25 Nov

0131 529 6000

Thu 26 Nov

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 28 Nov

Burn The Floor

Kevin Clifton and Graziano Di Prima star in this high-energy ballroom dancing show.

Sun 9 May 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Curtis Stigers

Singer and saxophonist, Curtis Stigers epitomises musical class; suave sophistication, style and presence. His shows have been outstanding highlights of the Festival’s last decade and we’re delighted to welcome him back with his own top class US band. A wonderfully luxurious voice, superb phrasing and natural…

Sat 17 Jul 2021

0131 529 6000

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Jools Holland

Jools’ Jazz & Blues Festival party is not to be missed. Back by popular demand, the 20 piece band love playing Edinburgh and always deliver an exhilarating live show featuring Ruby Turner's breath-taking gospel and R&B vocals, Louise Marshall's soul tones, and the powerhouse Gilson Lavis on drums. This year…

Fri 16 Jul 2021

0131 529 6000

Fascinating Aida

The satirical cabaret trio – Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman – take their new show on tour.

Sun 21 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

Grease

The much-loved sixties high-school romance comes to the stage via its acclaimed run at Leicester Curve. Directed by Curve’s Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster.

Tue 16 Feb 2021

0131 529 6000

Wed 17 Feb 2021

0131 529 6000

Thu 18 Feb 2021

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 20 Feb 2021

In Conversation with The Sopranos

Learn more about the TV show hit The Sopranos at this event, which brings together former cast members for a talk and Q&A.

Mon 14 Jun 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Janey Godley's Soup Pot Tour

A hilarious new show from Janey Godley.

Sun 11 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Acerbic wit and dark, deadpan one-liners from familiar telly face Carr. Suitable for ages 16+.

Tue 1 Jun 2021

£32.50 / 0131 529 6000

Lost In Music: One Night in the Disco

Tribute night featuring some of the greatest tunes of the 70s, including songs by Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic.

Sat 13 Feb 2021

0131 529 6000

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!

Matthew Bourne camps up the classic ballet with his trademark wit and theatrical flair.

Tue 4 May 2021

0131 529 6000

Wed 5 May 2021

0131 529 6000

Thu 6 May 2021

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 8 May 2021

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes

Mathew Bourne's highly acclaimed dance production, based on the classic 1948 film.

Tue 4 May 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Wed 5 May 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Thu 6 May 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 8 May 2021

Oti Mabuse: I Am Here

Star of Strictly and The Greatest Dancer pays homage to her influences and inspirations at this evening of music and dance.

Sun 18 Apr 2021

£28.50–£42.50 / 0131 529 6000

Paul Smith: Changed

English comedian Paul Smith goes for his third and largest ever UK tour to entertain the audience with sharp and hilarious stories of his life. Earlier he was named Liverpool's New Comedian of the Year and was a Finalist at The Leicester Comedian of the Year competition.

Sat 9 Jan 2021

0131 529 6000

Remembering The Oscars

Aljaz and Janette will be returning with their brand new show Remembering The Oscars. Get ready to celebrate the Oscar-winning songs in this exhilarating new dance spectacular with Strictly’s favourite couple. Whether you are Wishing On A Star, Swinging On A Star or merely dancing in the City of Stars, this incredible…

Thu 15 Apr 2021

Cancelled / 0131 529 6000

Ross Noble: Humournoid

Ross Noble's newest hour.

Thu 11 Feb 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Round the Horne

“Oh, Mr Horne! How bona to vada your dolly old eek!” From the producers of the UK tours of The Goon Show and Hancock’s Half Hour comes another radio comedy classic live on stage. From 1965 to 1968 there wasn’t a bigger radio programme in Britain than the ground-breaking Round the Horne. For half-an-hour every Sunday…

Thu 22 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake

  • Written by: Russian State Ballet

Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies this tale of mystery and romance with spellbinding ballet dancing from the Russian State Ballet.

Thu 8 Apr 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Fri 9 Apr 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Sat 10 Apr 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 529 6000

Scottish Ballet: Swan Lake

Scottish Ballet once again stage David Dawson's exciting re-imagining of the classic ballet, which first debuted in 2016.

Thu 8 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

Fri 9 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

Sat 10 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

Scottish Ballet: The Nutcracker

The festive favourite set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Peter Darrell’s production of The Nutcracker evokes the magical adventure of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince.

Sat 5 Dec

0131 529 6000

Booking is essential.

Sun 6 Dec

0131 529 6000

Booking is essential.

Wed 9 Dec

0131 529 6000

Booking is essential.

…and 15 more dates until 31 Dec

Scottish Ballet: The Scandal at Mayerling

Scottish Ballet stage the scandal that rocked an empire, centred around the suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf. Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and featuring a score of works by Franz Liszt.

Thu 21 Oct 2021

0131 529 6000

Fri 22 Oct 2021

0131 529 6000

Sat 23 Oct 2021

0131 529 6000

Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker Stage Secrets

Take a little time out to discover the inspirations behind The Nutcracker's choreography, characters, music and designs. This insight offers the fascinating experience of watching the company take class on stage and talking to one of the dancers afterwards about their career. A magical family adventure Costumes…

Sat 12 Dec

0131 529 6000

Sat 19 Dec

0131 529 6000

Silent Cinema: A Night of Laurel & Hardy

Silent Cinema proudly returns to the Edinburgh International Film Festival with a fabulous night of Laurel & Hardy! Maestro Will Pickvance accompanies live on piano four of his favourite short films from those masters of comedy Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Duck Soup is the first ever film where Stan & Ollie…

Sun 31 Jan 2021

0131 529 6000

Simon and Garfunkel Through The Years

Bookends perform the ultimate show for Simon and Garfunkel fans.

Sat 16 Jan 2021

0131 529 6000

Singin' in the Rain

Staging of the classic MGM musical, adapted for the stage by Jonathan Church.

Tue 23 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

Wed 24 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

Thu 25 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 27 Mar 2021

Sister Act

Comedy musical about a woman who goes into witness protection in a convent after she witnesses her mobster boyfriend commit murder, starring Brenda Edwards as Deloris Van Cartier.

Tue 20 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

Wed 21 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

Thu 22 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

…and 8 more dates until 1 May 2021

Six

  • 5 stars

Musical comedy show featuring Henry VIII's six wives finally telling their side of the story through music and accompanied by a six piece band.

Tue 11 May 2021

0131 529 6000

Wed 12 May 2021

0131 529 6000

Thu 13 May 2021

0131 529 6000

…and 3 more dates until 16 May 2021

Still Gaun!

Join lifelong friends Paul, Jane and Mark for an evening of fun, laughter and memories of the hit show.

Wed 14 Apr 2021

0131 529 6000

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

Enjoy the magic of Strictly up close and personal! The professional dancers from the tremendously popular BBC programme perform.

Thu 3 Jun 2021

£35–£65 / 0131 529 6000

Fri 4 Jun 2021

£35–£65 / 0131 529 6000

Trixie Mattel

A hilariously funny one woman comedy show from one of the greatest stars of RuPaul's Drag Race. The All Stars 3 winner Trixie Mattel returns with razor sharp wit and breathtaking garments.

Wed 13 Jan 2021

£33 / 0131 529 6000

Vincent Simone: Tango Passions

Argentine Strictly legend presents his new show.

Wed 4 Nov

0131 529 6000

Wuthering Heights

A romantic revenge tragedy. Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted into the Earnshaws’ farmhouse home of Wuthering Heights. Lost in his new surroundings, he finds a kindred spirit in Catherine Earnshaw, and their fierce love ignites. But when forced apart, they unleash a brutal chain of…

Tue 2 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

Wed 3 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

Thu 4 Mar 2021

0131 529 6000

…and 2 more dates until 6 Mar 2021

Reviews & features

The Edinburgh theatre scene beyond the Fringe

20 Sep 2018

We explore why Edinburgh's theatre scene is still alive and kicking, way beyond August

If you're arriving in Edinburgh in September, you're likely to be greeted by a litany of old Fringe flyers, with the occasional Festival poster still tacked up on a wall. But don't for a second think this means that Edinburgh's stages are winding down…

Perfect pitch - Classical venue guide

15 Sep 2008

For those looking for something a little more civilised, Edinburgh and Glasgow have a host of classical venues on offer.

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