Traverse Theatre

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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 at Traverse Theatre

How to Disappear

How to Disappear

06 December 2017 - 23 December 2017
How to Disappear, a pitch-black comedy, is on at Traverse Theatre as part of Edinburgh's Christmas.
Cinderella

Cinderella

08 December 2017 - 24 December 2017
Traverse Theatre presents Shona Reppe's Cinderella, highly visual and beautifully re-imagined by Shona Reppe.
Traverse Masterclass: Directors & Actors

Traverse Masterclass: Directors & Actors

15 December 2017
Traverse Theatre Masterclasses for directors & actors are taking place in November and December.
Soundhouse at the Traverse: The Bevvy Sisters

Soundhouse at the Traverse: The Bevvy Sisters

18 December 2017
It's the last gig of 2017 for Soundhouse so come party with The Bevvy Sisters at Traverse Theatre on 18th December!
MagicFest Christmas Special: The Secret Gift

MagicFest Christmas Special: The Secret Gift

27 December 2017 - 30 December 2017
MagicFest returns with “The Secret Gift”, featuring stars of magic from around the UK and special guests from Spain.
The Sound House Organisation Presents The Nuala Kennedy Band

The Sound House Organisation Presents The Nuala Kennedy Band

15 January 2018
Catch singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy and her Band when they play the Traverse Theatre Bar on 15th January.
The Sound House Organisation Presents Swarb! It Suits Him Well!

The Sound House Organisation Presents Swarb! It Suits Him Well!

22 January 2018
‘SWARB! It Suits Him Well’ celebrates the peerless life and career of the late great Dave Swarbrick aka SWARB.
manipulate - Animated Graphics: Films & Comics

manipulate - Animated Graphics: Films & Comics

27 January 2018
An opportunity to see the work of Alberto Vazquez, currently one of Europe's hottest animators in association with Cinema Attic.
manipulate - Snapshots 2: Egg

manipulate - Snapshots 2: Egg

27 January 2018
Sarah Bebe Holmes and Puppet Animation Scotland present: Egg, part of the SNAPSHOTS: Artists@Work series.
manipulate: Punto Y Raya Festival 2016: A selection

manipulate: Punto Y Raya Festival 2016: A selection

27 January 2018
Punto Y Raya makes its manipulate debut with a selection of award-winning films from its latest edition.
manipulate - Snapshots 1: Ragnarök

manipulate - Snapshots 1: Ragnarök

27 January 2018
Tortoise in a Nutshell and Puppet Animation Scotland present: Ragnarök, part of the SNAPSHOTS: Artists@Work series.
manipulate - Five Into One: Feature Films

manipulate - Five Into One: Feature Films

27 January 2018
Help programme this year's manipulate festival by voting for one of five award-winning animated feature films to be screened on 27th January.
manipulate - Puppets to Music: Images to Film

manipulate - Puppets to Music: Images to Film

27 January 2018
Join us at the manipulate Festival for a selection of brilliant, joy-making short animated films on 27th January.
manipulate: Women in Puppetry and Animated Film

manipulate: Women in Puppetry and Animated Film

27 January 2018
This recently curated collection of shorts reflects the expertise and experiences of women working in puppetry and film today.
manipulate: Fighting Modernists

manipulate: Fighting Modernists

27 January 2018
An intriguing and thought-provoking programme, introduced by Ülo Pikkov, explores how potent political protest can be created in the most subtle and allusive of ways.
manipulate: Animated Retrospectives

manipulate: Animated Retrospectives

27 January 2018
A brilliantly eclectic selection of short films submitted to the Edinburgh Short Film Festival over the past five years.
manipulate: Plastic Heroes

manipulate: Plastic Heroes

29 January 2018
Plastic Heroes presents challenging, funny and fast-paces collages of war and conflict, using bought off the shelf children's toys.
manipulate: Song of the Goat

manipulate: Song of the Goat

29 January 2018
Song of the Goat is a cautionary tale about the illusory lure of contemporary consumer society... starring a goat.
manipulate: Testroom

manipulate: Testroom

29 January 2018
Four groups of selected Scottish-based theatre artists present their creative ideas in three to five minutes of work at manipulate.
manipulate: Achilles

manipulate: Achilles

30 January 2018
Company of Wolves re-imagines the myth of Achilles in a powerful fusion of storytelling, physicality, dance and song.
manipulate - Snapshots 3: Nothing, Hand//Shake, Love

manipulate - Snapshots 3: Nothing, Hand//Shake, Love

30 January 2018
These self-contained events present a flavour of current work, creative explorations and experiments by Scottish-based performance artists.
manipulate: Ressacs

manipulate: Ressacs

30 January 2018
Ressacs - The award-winning Compagnie Gare Centrale presents this bitingly funny and darkly satirical allegory.
manipulate: Off-Kilter

manipulate: Off-Kilter

31 January 2018
Ramesh Meyyappan Productions presents: Off-Kilter, a darkly comedic visual theatre production, as part of manipulate Festival.
manipulate - Peurbleu & Don’t Be Afraid: A Double Bill

manipulate - Peurbleu & Don’t Be Afraid: A Double Bill

31 January 2018
The celebrated C&C Company returns to Scotland with a double bill of Peurbleu & Don't Be Afraid as part of manipulate Festival.
manipulate: Sea Hames

manipulate: Sea Hames

01 February 2018
One of Scotland's leading performance companies Oceanallover presents Sea Hames, a celebration of Orkney's Festival of the House.
manipulate: Almost Alive

manipulate: Almost Alive

01 February 2018
Acclaimed dance artist Sabine Molenaar returns to the manipulate Festival with her third solo, Almost Alive, on 1st February.
manipulate - Snapshots 4: Curious School of Puppetry

manipulate - Snapshots 4: Curious School of Puppetry

01 February 2018
Three recent graduates of the Curious School of Puppetry present examples of their work created during their training.
manipulate: The Frog at the Bottom of the Well that Believes the Sky is Round

manipulate: The Frog at the Bottom of the Well that Believes the Sky is Round

02 February 2018
Travel to the emotional heart of the meaning and significance of home in all our lives with Vélo Théâtre.
manipulate: Dal Vivo!

manipulate: Dal Vivo!

02 February 2018
Using simple, everyday objects and light Flop creates before our eyes an enigmatic and thought-provoking world.
manipulate - Snapshots 5: Physical Theatre Graduates’ Showcase

manipulate - Snapshots 5: Physical Theatre Graduates’ Showcase

03 February 2018
See a selection of the Edinburgh-based Diploma in Physical Theatre Graduates' Showcase 2017 pieces at Traverse Theatre.
manipulate: Sleeping Beauty

manipulate: Sleeping Beauty

03 February 2018
Compagnie Akselere presents: Sleeping Beauty, A personal interpretation of the darker elements of the Briar Rose fairy tale.
manipulate - Clown Cabaret: Special Edition

manipulate - Clown Cabaret: Special Edition

03 February 2018
Spend a delightfully daft evening with some of Scotland's finest clowns as they unleash their wild and wonderful dreams and fantasies for you!
Soundhouse: Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

Soundhouse: Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro

26 February 2018
Soundhouse presents: Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro who together bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table.