Festival Theatre Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue used primarily for performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups.

Festival Theatre Edinburgh

About Festival Theatre Edinburgh

13/29 Nicolson Street , Edinburgh South EH8 9FT
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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.

Upcoming Events at Festival Theatre Edinburgh

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan

25th November 2023 - 31st December 2023

Join Peter Pan as he sets sail on a brand-new adventure for Christmas 2023 at the Festival Theatre, with pantomime favourites Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Jordan Young!


Scottish Ballet’s Cinders!

5th January 2024 - 20th January 2024

Scottish Ballet’s festive favourite returns for the winter season with a new name, glittering new designs, including a stunning art-nouveau-inspired set, and a charming twist to the tale.


The Magic of Motown

25th January 2024

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show comes to the Festival Theatre on 25th January!


David Suchet Poirot and More, A Retrospective

26th January 2024

Join us in conversation with the man, the actor and his many roles in an unmistakably unique event at the Festival Theatre in January! 


Banff Mountain Film Festival 2024

27th January 2024

Experience an extraordinary collection of short films when the Banff Mountain Film Festival returns to the Festival Theatre on Saturday 27th January!


Candace Bushnell: True Tales of Sex, Success & Sex and the City

10th February 2024

Edinburgh - meet the real Carrie Bradshaw! Entertainers proudly announce the very first UK tour of Candace Bushnell's acclaimed one woman show True Tales of Sex, Success and SEX AND THE CITY!


Barbara Dickson: One Last Time Farewell Tour

11th February 2024

Legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress Barbara Dickson will bring her One Last Time Farewell Tour to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh on Sunday 11th February!


On Before - Carlos Acosta

16th February 2024 - 17th February 2024

World favourite dancer Carlos Acosta brings his 'On Before' dance show to the Festival Theatre on 16th & 17th February.


Rob Brydon: A Night of Songs & Laughter

18th February 2024

After a sell-out UK & Australian Tour, Rob Brydon is back in Edinburgh with his critically acclaimed show A Night of Songs & Laughter.


Scottish Opera - Marx In London

22nd February 2024 - 24th February 2024

Join Scottish Opera for the UK premiere of Jonathan Dove's opera, Marx In London, at the Festival Theatre in February!



28th February 2024 - 27th April 2024

The multi award-winning cultural phenomenon 'Hamilton' is touring the UK for the very first time and is coming to the Festival Theatre for a 9 week season from 28th February 2024!


Scottish Ballet: Swan Lake

2nd May 2024 - 4th May 2024

Lose yourself in the raw intensity of this sleek and unmissable Swan Lake, when it finally returning to Scotland in 2024 after its sell-out 2016 debut!


EDGAS: The Gondoliers

8th May 2024 - 11th May 2024

The Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society celebrates their centenary year with an enchanting new production of The Gondoliers.


Edward Scissorhands

14th May 2024 - 18th May 2024

Matthew Bourne’s magical dance production of Edward Scissorhands has carved a place in the hearts of audiences world-wide since its premiere in 2005. Catch it at The Festival Theatre in May!


The Music Man

21st May 2024 - 25th May 2024

After a show-stopping, high-flying performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang last year. Southern Light is back at the Festival Theatre with Meredith Willson’s The Music Man.


The Tortoise and the Hare

26th May 2024

The perfect introduction to live ballet and music, your little ones will be cheering along as a playful cast of characters re-tell this classic tale.


Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years

2nd June 2024

This live concert experience is without a doubt the most authentic tribute to Simon & Garfunkel touring the world today.


Nadiya & Kai: Behind The Magic

4th June 2024

Following their critically acclaimed debut tour, Nadiya and Kai are back with their brand new show Behind the Magic! Don't miss it at the Festival Theatre on Tuesday 4th June!


Scottish Opera - La Traviata

7th June 2024 - 15th June 2024

This beloved production, which began life at Scottish Opera in 2008, has been seen at opera houses around the world! Don't miss La Traviata when it come to Edinburgh in June!


Ballet Black: Heroes

18th June 2024

Now in their 22nd year, Cassa Pancho's Ballet Black return to the Festival Theatre with a new double bill, Ballet Black: Heroes.


Bluey’s Big Play

20th June 2024 - 23rd June 2024

For the first time ever, hit theatre tour Bluey's Big Play will visit the UK! Don't miss Bluey, Bingo and all the family when they come to Edinburgh's Festival Theatre in June!


Life Of Pi

25th June 2024 - 29th June 2024

Winner of five Olivier Awards, including Best Play, see the West End spectacle on its first-ever UK tour coming to the Festival Theatre!


Lea Salonga - Stage, Screen & Everything in Between

30th June 2024

Musical theatre and Disney star Lea Salonga returns to the UK with her new solo tour 'Stage, Screen & Everything in Between' and brings it to the Festival Theatre on Sunday 30th June!


Bonnie & Clyde The Musical

2nd July 2024 - 6th July 2024

The West End smash-hit Bonnie & Clyde The Musical is set to hold-up Edinburgh following two hell-raising seasons in London's West End!


Anton & Giovanni - Together

7th July 2024

After the hugely successful Him and Me Tour, the nation's favourite double act, Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice, are back with their brand new live tour - Together!


A Chorus Line

24th September 2024 - 28th September 2024

Celebrate the lives of theatre’s unsung heroes, as they tell searing stories of ambition, shattered hopes, and what it really costs to follow your dreams.


Rambert’s Peaky Blinders

1st October 2024 - 5th October 2024

Rambert’s thrilling stage adaptation The Redemption of Thomas Shelby returns to Edinburgh, capturing the Peaky story, with stunning performances from Rambert’s dancers and an iconic soundtrack!


Blue Man Group

9th October 2024 - 13th October 2024

The theatrical phenomenon 'Blue Man Group' returns to the UK bringing its award-winning Bluevolution World Tour and comes to the Festival Theatre in October!


Carrie Hope Fletcher

15th October 2024

Award-winning West End sensation Carrie Hope Fletcher is heading out on a brand-new UK tour in 2024, don't miss her live at the Festival Theatre on Tuesday 15th October!


Qudus Onikeku/The Q Dance Company - Re:incarnation

18th October 2024 - 19th October 2024

An ode to the richness of Nigerian culture, this dance, music, fashion and visual art creation showcases the depth of ancient Yoruba philosophy mixed with Nigerian youth culture.


The Horne Section’s Hit Show

4th November 2024

The six-headed comedy band includes five outstanding musicians and one non-musical stand-up. Expect comedy, songs, enthusiastic dancing, and a lot of mucking about!


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