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10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh West EH1 2ED
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Opening Hours

Box Office Opening Times 10am - 6pm, Mon - Sat (Or until performance start time)
Traverse Theatre
About Traverse Theatre

The Traverse Theatre began life in 1963 as a theatre club in an abandoned brothel in Edinburgh's Lawnmarket. The theatre is so named because its first Artistic Director, Terry Lane, mistakenly believed that the staging arrangement is called 'traverse'. He later realised that it is 'transverse' but it was already too well known to change it.

In its first year of operation, a theatre conference was organised by director Jim Haynes, John Calder and Kenneth Tynan. Within three years of existence, the tiny theatre club had produced 110 productions, including 28 British premieres and 33 world premieres.

At the end of the 1960s, the Traverse moved to a larger space in Edinburgh's Grassmarket, with flexible seating configurations. The first performance in this venue was on 24 Aug 1969. In its early days the theatre included exhibition space for the visual arts, until 1966 when it was taken away to establish what became the Richard Demarco Gallery.

In 1992, the Traverse moved to its current location at Cambridge Street. A £3.3 million purpose-built two theatre space with bar café was created as part of the Saltire Court development on Castle Terrace. The theatre's first performance at this location was on 3 July 1992.

Upcoming Events

Traverse Festival 2017 - Adam

Traverse Festival 2017 - Adam

30 July 2017 - 27 August 2017
If you are born in a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice.
Traverse Festival 2017: Jess and Joe Forever

Traverse Festival 2017: Jess and Joe Forever

03 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Jess and Joe Forever is a coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong.
Traverse Festival 2017 - Letters to Morrissey

Traverse Festival 2017 - Letters to Morrissey

03 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Award-winning playwright Gary McNair returns to the Traverse Theatre with his new one-man show - Letters to Morrissey.
Traverse Festival 2017: Nassim

Traverse Festival 2017: Nassim

03 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Nassim Soleimanpour returns with an audacious theatrical event in which you will transcend borders and languages.
Traverse Festival 2017 - Eve

Traverse Festival 2017 - Eve

03 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Eve is the story of a child raised as a boy but who became one of the 10 Outstanding Women in Scotland in 2017.
Traverse Festival 2017:  Lilith: The Jungle Girl

Traverse Festival 2017: Lilith: The Jungle Girl

03 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Lilith: The Jungle Girl is an explosively messy mash-up of satire, slime and queer rage. See it at Traverse Theatre!
Edinburgh International Festival: Meet Me at Dawn

Edinburgh International Festival: Meet Me at Dawn

04 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Meet Me at Dawn is about two women wash up on a distant shore following a violent boating accident.
Traverse Festival 2017: Frogman

Traverse Festival 2017: Frogman

04 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
A coming-of-age, supernatural thriller, experienced in VR headsets from Curious Directive and Hull 2017.
Traverse Festival 2017: The Whip Hand

Traverse Festival 2017: The Whip Hand

06 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
The Whip Hand is an explosive new play about power, privilege, blood ties and our inescapable past.
Wild Bore

Wild Bore

08 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Wild Bore: Three masters of smart, spiky, political performance who are not afraid to talk out of their arses!
Traverse Festival 2017:  Party Game

Traverse Festival 2017: Party Game

08 August 2017 - 20 August 2017
Party Game is an extraordinary immersive theatrical performance about embracing the unknown.
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

15 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk is a story of the incredible life and love of artist Marc Chagall and his wife Bella.
Traverse Festival 2017:   Breakfast Plays: B!RTH

Traverse Festival 2017: Breakfast Plays: B!RTH

15 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Breakfast Plays: BIRTH - Four female playwrights present plays questioning their country’s approach to birth pracice.
Traverse Festival 2017 - Locker Room Talk

Traverse Festival 2017 - Locker Room Talk

21 August 2017
Locker Room Talk by Gary McNair was inspired by the controversy over Donald Trump’s “locker room talk” comments.
Traverse Festival 2017: An Evening with an Immigrant

Traverse Festival 2017: An Evening with an Immigrant

21 August 2017 - 25 August 2017
Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams presents: An Evening with an Immigrant.
Status

Status

21 August 2017
Status is a rehearsed reading of a new show from the multi-award-winning team that created Confirmation.
James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony

21 August 2017
James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony is taking place on 21st August at the Traverse Theatre.
Traverse Festival 2017: Dive Queer Party’s Rainbow Soapbox

Traverse Festival 2017: Dive Queer Party’s Rainbow Soapbox

21 August 2017
See legendary cabaret artists and arch dissectors of gender norms, Dive Queer Party, at Traverse Festival 2017!
Soundhouse: Ímar

Soundhouse: Ímar

04 September 2017
Soundhouse presents: Ímar, Glasgow’s hottest new folk property, at the Traverse Theatre on Monday 4th September.
Soundhouse: The Society Syncopators

Soundhouse: The Society Syncopators

11 September 2017
Soundhouse: The Society Syncopators Dance Orchestra, are back by popular demand at Traverse Theatre September 11th.
Soundhouse: 3hattrio

Soundhouse: 3hattrio

18 September 2017
Soundhouse presents: The extraordinarily evocative music and richly-burnished vocals of 3hattrio at Traverse Theatre.
Soundhouse: James Lindsay

Soundhouse: James Lindsay

25 September 2017
Catch genre-hopping bass player James Lindsay, showcasing music from his highly acclaimed new album Strand.