Traverse Theatre

Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
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Traverse Theatre

The Traverse has been a key player in British theatre for 50 years as Scotland's long-standing home of new writing, although it's increasingly taking an interest in emerging writers. It's here that audiences got their first taste of playwrights such as Gregory Burke, Liz Lochhead and John Byrne, names now widely known to theatregoers. Part of the cluster of buildings forming the Lothian Road arts quarter, the theatre is in the basement of an office block next door to the Usher Hall. Beyond the large and popular bar and café are two performance spaces. Traverse 1 accommodates up to 350 people – although it feels much bigger – while Traverse 2, with seating for 100, recalls the company’s intimate former theatre in the Grassmarket. Specialising in UK and world premieres, the Traverse also has a busy line-up of visiting companies and hosts everything from children's theatre to puppetry and experimental music. Behind the scenes, it puts in a lot of work with up-and coming playwrights and runs a programme of workshops, classes, readings and discussions. It is one of the liveliest venues on the Edinburgh Fringe.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Events at this venue

There are 12 events at this location

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Atlantis Banal: Beneath the Surface

Children's show about the artist Atlantis Banal, set in a pop-up art gallery.

Thu 21 Nov

£10 (Children £8) / 0131 228 1404

  • 18:30 – 20:00
2

£9 (Children £7) / 0131 228 1404

  • 13:30
  • 18:30

Fri 22 Nov

£10 (Children £8) / 0131 228 1404

  • 18:30 – 20:00
2

£9 (Children £7) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 23 Nov

£10 (Children £8) / 0131 228 1404

  • 18:30 – 20:00
2

£9 (Children £7) / 0131 228 1404

Comedy Magic Club

Laugh your lungs out and be amazed at this magic comedy club.

Sat 28 Dec

Over-16s only

£8 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Sun 29 Dec

Over-16s only

£8 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

I Can Go Anywhere

A big-hearted call-to-arms about solidarity in a hostile world, which follows the relationship between a disillusioned academic and an asylum seeker. Written by Douglas Maxwell and directed by Eve Nicol.

Sat 7 Dec

£5–£15 PREVIEW / 0131 228 1404

  • 14:30
2

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

Mon 9 Dec

£5–£15 PREVIEW / 0131 228 1404

  • 14:30
2

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

Tue 10 Dec

£5–£20 / 0131 228 1404

  • 20:00
2

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

…and 10 more dates until 21 Dec

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards-winning duo perform contemporary folk.

Sun 19 Apr 2020

Bar

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Kevin Quantum: Anti-Gravity

Following award-winning, sell-out performances in Edinburgh and Adelaide, Scotland’s top magician-scientist hybrid returns with his levitation themed show - Anti-Gravity. Enter a space where the rules of gravity are bent and broken… Impossible illusions and levitations brought to you by the magician tutored by Penn &…

Sat 28 Dec

Over-8s only

£14 (£12; Children £10) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Sun 29 Dec

Over-8s only

£14 (£12; Children £10) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Mon 30 Dec

Over-8s only

£14 (£12; Children £10) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

MagicFest Opening Night Christmas Gala

A spectacular magic show by the most talented young magicians out there.

Fri 27 Dec

£20 (£18; Children £15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Martin and Eliza Carthy

Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy join forces to perform acoustic folk.

Sun 24 Nov

Bar

£10 / 0131 228 1404

The Opening Night Christmas Gala

Opening gala for the Edinburgh International Magic Festival, featuring established and newcomer acts.

Fri 27 Dec

Over-8s only

£20 (£18; Children £15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Strange Tales

Written in China centuries ago, Pu Songling’s Strange Tales is now adapted for stage by the acclaimed immersive theatre company Grid Iron in co-production with Traverse Theatre.

Sat 30 Nov

1

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

Mon 2 Dec

£5–£20 / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30
1

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

Tue 3 Dec

£5–£20 / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30
1

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

…and 18 more dates until 21 Dec

We Are In Time

A unique theatre production about a transplanted heart. Prepare for a contemporary piece with music, words and songs.

Tue 3 Mar 2020

1

£19 / 0131 228 1404

Wed 4 Mar 2020

1

£19 / 0131 228 1404

White

Playful, highly visual new show for very young children by Andy Manley.

Wed 27 Nov

2

£9 (Children £7) / 0131 228 1404

Thu 28 Nov

2

£9 (Children £7) / 0131 228 1404

You Are Magic

The Magic Gareth and Michelle Ferguson present this entertaining show for the entire family.

Sat 28 Dec

Over-5s only

£12 (£10; Family £36) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Sun 29 Dec

Over-5s only

£12 (£10; Family £36) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Mon 30 Dec

Over-5s only

£12 (£10; Family £36) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Reviews & features

Win tickets to MagicFest Opening Night Christmas Gala

Win a pair of tickets to the Edinburgh MagicFest Opening Gala Christmas Show at the traverse Theatre on Fri 27 Dec.

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…

Traverse Theatre's Festival 2018 programme announced

16 May 2018

Including new work from David Ireland and the return of the Fringe favourite Breakfast Plays

Never one to shy away from difficult topics, the Traverse Theatre's complete lineup for Fringe 2018 boasts some of their most challenging works of theatre yet, beginning with the world premiere of James Tait Black winner David Ireland's Ulster America…

Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre

23 Sep 2016

From the Royal Lyceum to Buzzcut Festival, Gareth K Vile looks at theatrical extremes in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have strong traditions of popular and experimental theatre. Although the major venues on both coasts of the central belt often collaborate, each of the cities have their own particular performance personality: Glasgow goes for…

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