Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Festival Theatre Edinburgh

About Festival Theatre Edinburgh

13/29 Nicolson Street , Edinburgh South EH8 9FT
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The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue used primarily for performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups.

If you like a little added sparkle with your live entertainment then the prestigious Festival Theatre is the place for you. Built in 1994, the impressive glass facade imposes a sense of occasion as you enter the sleek and contemporary foyer spaces. Enjoy a drink in our spacious bars and take in the inspiring views across to Arthur's Seat - but don't let the modern entrance fool you - the traditional 1915-seat auditorium, with its sumptuous decor and lavish fittings, has all the grandeur and splendour you need for a truly special theatrical experience.

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Upcoming Events at Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet’s The Scandal at Mayerling

Scottish Ballet’s The Scandal at Mayerling

26th May 2022 - 28th May 2022

Reimagined and redesigned by Scottish Ballet, this dramatic world premiere will be the first time MacMillan’s iconic ballet is produced in the UK outside of London.
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Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

29th May 2022

Catch your favourite Pros as they waltz their way across the UK when Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals tour comes to the Festival Theatre!
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Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years

Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years

30th May 2022

The Bookends presents Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years. This live concert experience is without a doubt the most authentic tribute to Simon & Garfunkel touring the world today.
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Scottish Opera: Don Giovanni

Scottish Opera: Don Giovanni

5th June 2022 - 11th June 2022

Opera legend Sir Thomas Allen returns to Scottish Opera to direct his acclaimed 2013 production of Mozart's masterpiece, with Jonathon McGovern and Roland Wood sharing the title role!
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Stewart Lee Snowflake/Tornado

Stewart Lee Snowflake/Tornado

19th June 2022

Don't miss a double-bill of two new 60 minute sets, back to back, from comedian Stewart Lee at the Festival Theatre!
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Fascinating Aïda

Fascinating Aïda

20th June 2022

Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour and will be stopping off at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on 20th June!
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In Conversation with the Sopranos - CANCELLED

In Conversation with the Sopranos - CANCELLED

21st June 2022

Get the real story behind what Vanity Fair called “the greatest pop-culture masterpiece of its day” when three of The Sopranos’ most iconic cast members sit down for a chat.
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Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Gig For Victory

Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Gig For Victory

23rd June 2022

Al Murray will be back on the road in his Pub Landlord guise in 2022 with his new show Gig For Victory. Catch him at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on Thursday 23rd June!
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Sandi Toksvig Live! Next Slide Please...

Sandi Toksvig Live! Next Slide Please...

27th June 2022

Sandi Toksvig is touring her new show 'Next Slide Please'. Expect fascinatingly funny facts, silly jokes, a quick-fire Q&A and possibly a game of Covid Lingo Bingo.
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Anton and Giovanni - Him and Me Tour

Anton and Giovanni - Him and Me Tour

1st July 2022

BBC Strictly professionals Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice bring their first ever tour together to the Festival Theatre in June!
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Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

2nd July 2022 - 3rd July 2022

Sarah Millican is bringing her brand new tour, Bobby Dazzler to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on 2nd & 3rd July 2022!
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Zog and the Flying Doctors

Zog and the Flying Doctors

9th July 2022 - 13th July 2022

The roar-some crew are back at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh for a brand new adventure.
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Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra

15th July 2022

Jools Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will return to the Festival Theatre on Friday 15th July 2022.
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Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Curtis Stigers

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival: Curtis Stigers

16th July 2022

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival is delighted to welcome back Curtis Stigers with his own top class US band. His shows have been outstanding highlights of the Festival’s last decade.
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ABBA Mania

ABBA Mania

23rd July 2022

It’s time to dig out those platforms and look out those flares as ABBA Mania come to the Festival Theatre, on 23rd July!
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Beyond Broadway Experience: Grease

Beyond Broadway Experience: Grease

29th July 2022 - 30th July 2022

Experience the spectacle of 200 of the country’s best youth theatre talents filling the stage at the Festival Theatre this summer with the high-energy cult classic 'Grease'!
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Edinburgh International Festival: Rusalka

Edinburgh International Festival: Rusalka

6th August 2022 - 9th August 2022

A new production of Dvořák's opera featuring Natalya Romaniw comes to the International Festival, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Douglas Boyd and Garsington Opera.
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Edinburgh International Festival: Coppélia

Edinburgh International Festival: Coppélia

14th August 2022 - 16th August 2022

Beloved classical ballet Coppélia is reimagined for the digital age in Scottish Ballet's darkly comic new production.
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Edinburgh International Festival: A Little Life

Edinburgh International Festival: A Little Life

20th August 2022 - 22nd August 2022

Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove adapts Hanya Yanagihara’s novel for the theatre, crafting a deeply moving performance of epic proportions.
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Edinburgh International Festival: Jungle Book reimagined

Edinburgh International Festival: Jungle Book reimagined

25th August 2022 - 28th August 2022

Discover a new retelling of Kipling’s classic as the Akram Khan company transplant Mowgli’s journey into the modern world.
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Scottish Opera: BambinO

Scottish Opera: BambinO

1st September 2022 - 4th September 2022

BambinO from Scottish Opera is back in September! This five-star, sell-out show has been entertaining babies in Scotland and around the world since it was created in 2017.
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James Smith Live: The C Word

James Smith Live: The C Word

2nd September 2022

James Smith brings his brand new live show experience to the Festival Theatre on Friday 2nd September!
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RUSH: A Joyous Jamaican Journey

RUSH: A Joyous Jamaican Journey

3rd September 2022

Join us as we tell the story of Reggae music and the Windrush Generation and hear how their music took the world by storm.
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The Osmonds: A New Musical

The Osmonds: A New Musical

20th September 2022 - 24th September 2022

You Loved Them For A Reason... now, for the first time, you can see this sensational new musical at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh and relive one of the world's biggest ever boybands, The Osmonds!
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Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival

25th September 2022

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films when the Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to the Festival Theatre on 25th September!
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James IV:  Queen of the Fight

James IV: Queen of the Fight

30th September 2022 - 8th October 2022

Acclaimed playwright Rona Munro takes you back to a thrilling and uncharted period of Scottish history in this brand new production, James IV - Queen of the Fight!
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Harry Hill: Pedigree Fun!

Harry Hill: Pedigree Fun!

9th October 2022

Harry Hill is back with brand-new amazing jokes in an all-singing, all-dancing one-man spectacular... Pedigree Fun! Don't miss him live at the Festival Theatre on 9th October!
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The Cher Show

The Cher Show

10th October 2022 - 15th October 2022

It’s time to turn back time with this fiercely fabulous kick-ass new musical to honour the original Queen of Sass – the inimitable Cher!
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Freedom - Starring Joe McElderry

Freedom - Starring Joe McElderry

17th October 2022

Joe McElderry is set to electrify theatres across the UK with a brand-new tour celebrating the music of the late George Michael including a date at the Festival Theatre on 17th October 2022.
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Martin Bayfield’s Rugby Legends

Martin Bayfield’s Rugby Legends

19th October 2022

Join former England international and true giant of the game Martin Bayfield at the Festival Theatre as he embarks on his ‘Rugby Legends’ UK tour.
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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

21st October 2022 - 22nd October 2022

Dance Consortium presents the all-male comedy ballet company 'Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo' at the Festival Theatre on 21st & 22nd October!
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Lost in Music

Lost in Music

23rd October 2022

Get ready to recreate the Magical 70’s and let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco!
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South Pacific

South Pacific

25th October 2022 - 29th October 2022

This powerful love story, set on a South Pacific island during World War ll, is brought thrillingly to life in an epic new five-star production at the Festival Theatre!
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Scottish Opera - Ainadamar

Scottish Opera - Ainadamar

Selected dates between 8th November 2022 - 12th November 2022

In his critically acclaimed opera, Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov creates a vibrant, poetic sound world combining opera with flamenco dance and song.
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Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

19th November 2022 - 10th December 2022

Scottish Ballet’s spectacular and much-loved production of The Snow Queen returns to the stage in 2022, after its sell-out tour in 2019.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

17th December 2022 - 22nd January 2023

Experience Edinburgh's most lavish festive production as fabulous as ever, packed full of music, magic, laughter and fun for the whole family!
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An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

31st January 2023 - 4th February 2023

Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller comes to the Festival Theatre!
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Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

28th February 2023 - 4th March 2023

Don't miss this new dance theatre event, delving into the story of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, when it comes to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh in 2023!
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Scottish Opera - Il trittico (Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi)

Scottish Opera - Il trittico (Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi)

Selected dates between 22nd March 2023 - 25th March 2023

World-renowned director Sir David McVicar returns to Scottish Opera with Puccini's epic triptych – Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchia – in a first both for him and the Company.
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

30th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023

Coming to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances, even in the most surprising of places!
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Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher

4th June 2023

Carrie Hope Fletcher brings her debut headline UK tour to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on Sunday 4th June 2023!
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Scottish Opera - Carmen

Scottish Opera - Carmen

Selected dates between 9th June 2023 - 17th June 2023

Georges Bizet's classic opera of jealousy, lust, and life outside the dictates of society gets a boldly updated new production to conclude Scottish Opera's 60th Season!
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Sister Act

Sister Act

2nd October 2023 - 7th October 2023

Brace yourselves Sisters! The Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh in 2023!
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