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

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

A Play, A Pie and A Pint

03 October 2017 - 04 November 2017
A Play, A Pie and A Pint returns with five new plays to light up your lunchtime at the Traverse Theatre.
Our Fathers

Our Fathers

21 October 2017 - 28 October 2017
Our Fathers is a playful, personal play by sons of clergymen Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bone, catch it at the Traverse!
Soundhouse at the Traverse - Lankum

Soundhouse at the Traverse - Lankum

22 October 2017
Lankum sold out at The Traverse Bar in May so we're delighted to welcome them back for a special Sunday night gig.
Traverse Masterclass: Directors, Performers & Writers

Traverse Masterclass: Directors, Performers & Writers

28 October 2017
Directors, Performers & Writers - This Traverse masterclass will explore the approaches used to develop Our Fathers.
The Miss Annabel Sings Show Episode 2

The Miss Annabel Sings Show Episode 2

29 October 2017
Expect horrifying comedy, ghoulish live music and devilish dancing at The Miss Annabel Sings Show Episode 2.
Soundhouse at the Traverse: Philip Clouts Quartet

Soundhouse at the Traverse: Philip Clouts Quartet

30 October 2017
Soundhouse present the joyous sound of the Philip Clouts Quartet at the Traverse Bar Café on Monday 30th October.
Without A Hitch

Without A Hitch

03 November 2017
Room 2 Manoeuvre's Without a Hitch follows the downward spiral of a four man b-boy crew. See it at Traverse Theatre!
Starting Now: Youth Dance Platform 2017

Starting Now: Youth Dance Platform 2017

04 November 2017
A family friendly evening, showcasing the freshness, enthusiasm and talent of Scotland’s young dancers.
Soundhouse at Traverse: Martin Simpson

Soundhouse at Traverse: Martin Simpson

05 November 2017
Legendary guitarist Martin Simpson has a new album out. Hear him play the Traverse Bar Cafe on Sunday 5th November.
Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa

08 November 2017 - 11 November 2017
Vanishing Point and Scottish Ensemble present Arvo Pärt’s masterpiece Tabula Rasa in a theatrical context.
Traverse Masterclass: Directors & Actors

Traverse Masterclass: Directors & Actors

10 November 2017
Traverse Theatre Masterclasses for directors & actors are taking place in November and December.
Soundhouse at The Traverse: Dominic Waxing Lyrical

Soundhouse at The Traverse: Dominic Waxing Lyrical

13 November 2017
Soundhouse are delighted to host Dominic Waxing Lyrical for their debut at The Traverse on 13th November.
Chrysalis: There is a Light: Brightlight

Chrysalis: There is a Light: Brightlight

17 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
Brightlight is a fitting artistic response to what it’s like for those living with a teenage cancer diagnosis.
Chrysalis: How to Save the World...ish

Chrysalis: How to Save the World...ish

17 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
Chrysalis: How to Save the World...ish - A fast-paced cautionary suburban fairytale about the future of our planet.
Chrysalis: Emergence

Chrysalis: Emergence

18 November 2017
Emergence is an opportunity to experience three exciting new performances by emerging theatre makers.
Chrysalis: Dark Mechanics

Chrysalis: Dark Mechanics

18 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
Dark Mechanics is a challenging and thought-provoking new work by Firefly Arts as part of Chrysalis festival 2017.
Chrysalis: Queer Fish

Chrysalis: Queer Fish

18 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
Queer Fish explores modern social pressures and related addictions which are beginning to shape society’s underbelly.
Soundhouse at The Traverse: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

Soundhouse at The Traverse: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters

20 November 2017
Soundhouse presents: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters at Traverse Cafe Bar on Monday 20th November.
Class Act

Class Act

22 November 2017 - 23 November 2017
See exciting new work from the Traverse’s next generation of playwrights – the Class Act 2017 graduates!
Something There

Something There

25 November 2017
David Paul Jones and his ensemble present a live concert performance of his Linn Records recording Something There.
Soundhouse at The Traverse: Dolphin Boy feat. Graeme Stephen

Soundhouse at The Traverse: Dolphin Boy feat. Graeme Stephen

27 November 2017
Soundhouse present: Andy Levy aka Dolphin Boy & Jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen at Traverse Cafe Bar on 27th November.
Dive: The Miss Annabel Sings Show Episode 3

Dive: The Miss Annabel Sings Show Episode 3

03 December 2017
Get ready to unwrap an extra special festive episode of The Miss Annabel Sings Show at Traverse Cafe Bar December 3rd!
Soundhouse at The Traverse: Martin Carthy

Soundhouse at The Traverse: Martin Carthy

04 December 2017
Martin Carthy, one of folk music's greatest innovators, plays Traverse Theatre Cafe Bar on Monday 4th December.
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.
Soundhouse at the Traverse: Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts

Soundhouse at the Traverse: Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts

11 December 2017
Soundhouse presents: Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts at the Traverse Theatre on 11th December.
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.