Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Festival Theatre Edinburgh

With its impressive Colin Ross-designed three-story glass façade, the former Empire Palace Theatre is at once welcoming and grand. It boasts one of the largest stages in the UK; so big that it has occasionally been converted into a studio theatre with room to spare. The auditorium seats over 1900 people on three levels. Maintaining a tradition for variety that dates back nearly two centuries, it programmes everything from popular comedy to classical opera. Not only is it the capital’s home for Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, it is also one of the cornerstones of the Edinburgh International Festival and, thanks to investment in cutting edge projection equipment, the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Having built a reputation as a leading dance house, it hosts a cutting-edge contemporary dance season alongside large-scale musicals, international ballet productions and a variety of one-night musical and comedy events. At street level, Café Lucia is open daily, and there are bars on each floor open on performance days in addition to private function rooms. The same management runs the King's Theatre.
13--29 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9FT
Phone: 0131 662 1112

Events @ Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory

A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.

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Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler

The hilarious Sarah Millican is back on tour with a Bobby Dazzler of a new stand-up show. In this, her sixth international tour, you’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, a surprisingly funny smear test, and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be. Sarah has spent the last year writing jokes and growing her backside. She can’t wait to get back on the road and make you laugh.

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An Inspector Calls

Touring version of JB Priestley's thriller, reinvented for the stage and directed by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry.

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie

A coming-of-age story with a twist, with catchy new songs by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae.

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Six

Musical comedy show featuring Henry VIII's six wives finally telling their side of the story through music and accompanied by a six piece band.

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Burn The Floor: Kevin Clifton

Kevin Clifton stars in this high-energy ballroom dancing show.

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Ross Noble: Humournoid

Comedian Ross Noble's newest hour.

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Hannah Gadsby: Body of Work

Brave and groundbreaking Australian comedian.

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Scottish Ballet: The Scandal at Mayerling

Scottish Ballet stage the scandal that rocked an empire, centred around the suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf. Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and featuring a score of works by Franz Liszt.

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Anton and Giovanni

Strictly Come Dancing professionals Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice join forces in 2021 for their first ever tour together.

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Scottish Opera - A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Harry Hill: Pedigree Fun!

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Simon Stephens's adaptation of the darkly humorous book by Mark Haddon presented by National Theatre. When 15-year-old Christopher discovers the dead body of his neighbour Mrs Shears' dog he starts investigating.

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Fat Friends: The Musical

Musical based on Kay Mellor's hit TV show.

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Sister Act

Comedy musical about a woman who goes into witness protection in a convent after she witnesses her mobster boyfriend commit murder.

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Singin' in the Rain

Staging of the classic MGM musical, adapted for the stage by Jonathan Church.

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The Addams Family

Everyone's favourite kooky family are coming back on stage in this spectacular musical comedy from the writers of multi award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, with music and lyrics by TONY AWARD nominated Andrew Lippa and starring Joanne Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing and The Rocky Horror Show) as Morticia. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She's fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences? Join them, plus Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist! Featuring a live orchestra and extraordinary original score The Addams Family is sure to entertain whether you are 12 or 312!

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The Osmonds: A New Musical

Musical telling the story of the world-famous musical family.

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The Cher Show

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Remembering The Oscars

Aljaz and Janette will be returning with their brand new show Remembering The Oscars. Get ready to celebrate the Oscar-winning songs in this exhilarating new dance spectacular with Strictly’s favourite couple. Whether you are Wishing On A Star, Swinging On A Star or merely dancing in the City of Stars, this incredible production will take you from Disney family favourites, through to the Golden Ages of Hollywood and Bollywood, with songs from Lady Gaga, Adele, Prince, Queen, Eminem, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand, as well as classics from legendary songwriters such as Burt Bacharach, John Barry, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and many more. With a cast of amazing dancers and musicians and stunning stage designs, costumes and huge LED screen, this dazzling spectacular will be a night to remember. Meet & Greet: Additional £100 (no concessions)

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In Conversation with The Sopranos

Learn more about the TV show hit The Sopranos at this event, which brings together former cast members for a talk and Q&A.

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Anything Goes

A major new production of Cole Porter and P. G. Wodehouse’s classic golden age musical heads out on tour.

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Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny 2.0

Famed for his award-winning stand-up and TV presenting roles, comedian Jimmy Carr celebrates an illustrious career spanning more than two decades.

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

Enjoy the magic of Strictly up close and personal! The professional dancers from the tremendously popular BBC programme perform.

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Backstage Tour: Festival Theatre

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Oti Mabuse: I Am Here

Star of Strictly and The Greatest Dancer pays homage to her influences and inspirations at this evening of music and dance.

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Zog and The Flying Doctors

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Martin Bayfield's Rugby Legends

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Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby

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Oi Frog & Friends

Oi Frog & Friends! Live on Stage Based on the bestselling books by Kes Gray and Jim Field, Frog is looking for a place to sit, but Cat has other ideas and Dog is doing as he’s told. Who knew there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when Frog is in charge? Join Frog, Cat and Dog in the Olivier Award nominated action-packed stage adaptation of Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling books. Expect songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at.

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Joe McElderry

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Magic Goes Wrong

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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Scottish Opera: Don Giovanni

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South Pacific

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Scottish Ballet's The Snow Queen

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James IV: Queen of the Fight

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Talk Ballet - The Scandal at Mayerling

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The Trocks: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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Carrie Hope Fletcher -- An Open Book

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The Cher Show

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

A selection of exhilarating sports and adventure films, featuring movies about climbers, skiers, mountain bikers, high-wire walkers and more, screening in Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh.

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Beautiful -- The Carole King Musical

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Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Beyond Broadway Experience: Grease

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Magic Goes Wrong

Evening of illusions with Las Vegas magicians Penn & Teller and Mischief Theatre.

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Nederlands Dans Theater

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Magic Goes Right

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Jungle Book Reimagined

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A Little Life

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Joe McElderry

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Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

The Scottish Ballet perform this glittering winter tale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, set to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and choreographed by Christopher Hampson.

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Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

A new dance theatre event, delving into the story of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, written by the creator of the global hit television series. Dazzling, athletic dance and stunning dramatisation with iconic eclectic Peaky soundtrack from a live on-stage band. Tommy and the Peakys fought together at Flanders and the show opens in the trenches. Bound by this experience, a really personal story unfolds as the Shelby family navigate the decisions that determine their fate and Tommy is intoxicated by the mysterious Grace. A Rambert production in association with Birmingham Hippodrome, Co-produced with The Lowry. Inspired by the television series Peaky Blinders created by Steven Knight, in association with Caryn Mandebach Productions. Peaky Blinders TM © Caryn Mandabach Productions 2022. licensed by Caryn Mandabach Productions

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Talk Ballet - The Snow Queen

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Don Giovanni

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Freedom - A Tribute to George Michael and Wham!, Joe McElderry

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Freedom The Music of George Michael starring Joe McElderry

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Titanic the Musical

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival: Jools Holland

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Scottish Opera: BambinO

A magical piece of music theatre for infants up to 12 months, BambinO is aimed at an audience that does not often get a look-in at opera… but whose minds are wide open to new sounds and experiences. BambinO is set in a captivating world of bright colours, fluffy clouds, and quirky characters. It tells the story of a young bird leaving its nest for the first time. Gentle, playful, and engaging, BambinO is written by Scottish composer Lliam Paterson, with original direction by Improbable’s Phelim McDermott. Don’t miss your chance to experience this unique celebration of the power of music and the infant imagination.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

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Don Giovanni

Mozart’s masterpiece is one of the world’s most performed operas for good reason. Sir Thomas Allen – whose 2019 revival of The Magic Flute was a sell-out success – returns to direct his stunning production. In the backstreets of 17th century Venice, hunting ground of the amorous, Don Giovanni waits. A mercurial rogue who flits from irresistible charm to brute violence in a heartbeat, he is the ultimate anti-hero – and he is about to suffer the ultimate reckoning. Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts an exciting cast that includes Roland Wood (Falstaff 2021) and Jonathan McGovern (The Telephone 2020) sharing the role of the titular anti-hero. They are joined by Hye-Youn Lee (Nixon in China 2020), Kitty Whately (Hansel and Gretel 2021), and Keel Watson. Dark, atmospheric and bursting with life, this is full-blooded opera at its best, and Allen’s compelling production is the perfect partner to the drama in Mozart’s score. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Running time approx. 3 hours 15 minutes with the relaxed performance at 1 hour 40 minutes.

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Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

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Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

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Scottish Opera: Ainadamar

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Scottish Opera: Puccini's Il trittico

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Scottish Opera: Bizet's Carmen

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Curtis Stigers

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Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Curtis Stigers

American jazz singer and saxophonist who achieved a number of hits in the early 1990s including the international hit 'I Wonder Why'.

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Members Event: Backstage Tour of Rusalka

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Neighbours -- The Farewell Tour

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James IV: Queen of the Fight

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Harry Hill: Pedigree Fun!

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