Traverse Theatre

We are the Traverse - champion of stories and storytellers. The stories we share are by anyone and for everyone.

Traverse Theatre

About Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh West EH1 2ED
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Traverse 3 is our new online venue, which will be a permanent space alongside our physical stages of Traverse 1 and 2.

As Scotland’s new writing theatre, the Traverse Theatre is a dynamic centre for performance, experience and discovery. Enabling people across society to access and engage with theatre is our fundamental mission.

Our year-round programme bursts with new stories and live performances that challenge, inform and entertain. We empower artists and audiences to make sense of the world today, providing a safe space to question, learn, empathise and – crucially – encounter different people and experiences. Conversation and the coming together of groups are central to a democratic society, and we champion equal expression and understanding.

We commission, produce and programme for existing and future audiences to offer new and exciting experiences for everyone, and our partnerships with other theatre companies and festivals enable us to present a wide range of innovative performances.

The Traverse would not exist without our over-arching passion for talent development and embracing the unexplored. We work with the newest and rawest talent – with an emphasis on the Scottish-based – nurturing it to become the art, artists and performances that can be seen on our stages through a variety of creative learning and literary programmes.

The timely, powerful stories that start life on our stages have global impact, resulting in dozens of tours, productions and translations. We are critically acclaimed and recognised the world over for our originality and artistic risk, which we hope will create some of the most talked-about plays, productions, directors, writers and actors for years to come.

As a registered Scottish charity (SC002368), we depend on donations to keep our stage doors wide open, to work with schools and community groups, to produce ambitious theatre, to keep ticket prices affordable – and to do more and better for you at our theatre in Edinburgh, sparking creativity throughout the local community and across the globe. Find out how to support our work.

Upcoming Events at Traverse Theatre

Same Team - A Street Soccer Story

8th December 2023 - 23rd December 2023

Written with the Dundee Women’s Street Soccer Team, Same Team - A Street Soccer Story is an uplifting whirlwind through the highs and lows of homeless football.


Soundhouse: Alicia Edelweiss

11th December 2023

Following a barnstorming performance at Edinburgh Tradfest in April we're delighted to welcome Alicia Edelweiss back to the Traverse!


Soundhouse: Dean Owens & The Sinners

18th December 2023

Join Leith’s favourite son Dean Owens for the now traditional pre Christmas Soundhouse show at the Traverse Theatre!



26th January 2024 - 27th January 2024

Protest is an empowering play for children aged 8+ that explores the power of friendship, activism and believing in your own voice.


The House

2nd February 2024 - 3rd February 2024

This complex puppet performance takes place in a revolving set featuring intricate lighting, strange contraptions and scary sound effects; the perfect setting for this comically chilling journey!



2nd February 2024 - 3rd February 2024

Renowned visual theatre artist Al Seed presents his latest striking work Plinth, which examines the role and re-appraisal of statues.


Envahisseurs (Invaders)

4th February 2024

Envahisseurs is a short theatre show of objects on a table, largely inspired by the science fiction films of the 1950s.



7th February 2024 - 8th February 2024

Ockham’s Razor, the UK’s foremost circus theatre company, presents a bold new vision of Hardy’s classic novel, Tess of the D’Urbervilles.


Pickled Republic & Pickle Party

9th February 2024

Pickled Republic is an exciting new solo show about our search and need for purpose. Catch it at the Traverse Theatre!



10th February 2024 - 11th February 2024

Ragnarok creates a bold, haunting and multisensory theatrical world, populated by scores of hand-crafted clay figures and an atmospheric immersive soundtrack.



15th February 2024 - 17th February 2024

Vigil, the Edinburgh Fringe hit show, is a wildly playful, tragicomic exploration of life in an age of extinction.


Peak Stuff

1st March 2024 - 2nd March 2024

Award-winning theatre company ThickSkin have teamed up with the writing talents of Billie Collins to produce one of the most visually thrilling and inventive shows you will see this year!


Class Act Showcase 2024

6th March 2024 - 7th March 2024

The Traverse is delighted to be presenting the Class Act Showcase 2024 on 6th & 7th March!


A Giant on the Bridge

8th March 2024 - 9th March 2024

A Giant on the Bridge is an unflinching, spellbinding gig-theatre at Traverse Theatre in March.


Don’t. Make. Tea.

21st March 2024 - 22nd March 2024

Don’t. Make. Tea. is a riveting new dark comedy from Rob Drummond (Bulletcatch, The Majority) presented by Scotland’s disability-led theatre company at the Traverse Theatre in March.


Rock, Paper, Scissors

Selected dates between 30th March 2024 - 18th May 2024

Following on from their sell our shows in 2023, the Tandem Writers are back with a series of three individual 45-minute play readings expanding on their previous stories.


This Is Memorial Device

3rd April 2024 - 6th April 2024

Following a sold-out, Fringe-First winning run at the 2022 Edinburgh Festival, “This Is Memorial Device”, based on David Keenan’s cult novel, returns to the Traverse Theatre in April.



18th April 2024 - 20th April 2024

Don Murphy is a proud Irish man, a hopeless ketamine addict and one of his generation’s greatest actors. He also happens to be a chicken.


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