Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Edinburgh Festival Theatre
13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
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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.

Events at this venue

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Autobiography

What does it mean to write your own life story? Trailblazing choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has been radically redefining dance in the modern era with his own company, at The Royal Ballet where he has been Resident Choreographer since 2006, and internationally. He has an unmistakable visual style that pushes…

Sat 11 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 12 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mon 13 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Average White Band

One of the best Festival gigs of recent years was AWB’s triumphant 2016 show, and the best soul, r’n’b, and funk band alive are back in Edinburgh, for a repeat of that Festival Theatre smash hit. Founder members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre, front the group, and keep the flame of the classic sound, distilling their…

Sat 21 Jul

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

The Barber of Seville

Deceit and deception; trickery and disguise – and all in the name of love. Dashing young Count Almaviva falls desperately in love with the ravishing Rosina, locked away by her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo – who has designs on her himself, as soon as she comes of age… Step in Figaro, Almaviva’s expert barber and…

Sun 5 Aug

£28 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Tue 7 Aug

£28 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Wed 8 Aug

£28 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Bratislava Hot Serenaders

This simply sensational 21-piece band plays vintage swing and hot jazz and dance music from the 20s and 30s with extraordinary authenticity and pizazz.   Brass, reeds and violin players combine to play the sweet and hot music that dazzled pre-war Europe, transporting audiences with brilliant musicianship, period dress…

Wed 18 Jul

£22.50 / 0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Capital Theatres presents Stan & Ollie & Friends

  • U

Celebrating masters of comedy Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, pianist Forrester Clifton Pyke accompanies four of their classic shorts: Big Business, Habeas Corpus, Wrong Again and Angora Love. Plus, live music and comedy from Andy Cannon and Wendy Weatherby, and a rare newsreel of Stan & Ollie in Edinburgh!

Fri 29 Jun

£14.50 / 0131 623 8030

Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Davina & The Vagabonds

The hottest ticket at recent Festivals plays for two nights ONLY. Bluesy, blustery, bawdy and irresistibly fun, Davina’s barrelhouse piano and gutsy, sweet vocals are influenced by Fats Domino, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse. Her shows are filled with New…

Thu 19 Jul

£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Fri 20 Jul

£18.50 / 0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

featuring GILSON LAVIS with special guest MARC ALMOND and guest vocalists RUBY TURNER, LOUISE MARSHALL & ROSIE MAE PLUS SUPPORT: Adam Double Musical virtuoso and legendary television presenter Jools Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra return to the Festival Theatre, with his trademark…

Fri 13 Jul

£37 / 0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

La Cenerentola

Ingenious optical illusions, sumptuous video projections and unstoppable comedy. Renowned Norwegian director Stefan Herheim’s extraordinary production of Rossini’s effervescent Cinderella opera is stuffed full of ideas and comic invention. Even conductor Stefano Montanari finds himself dragged from the pit and swept…

Fri 24 Aug

£28 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 25 Aug

£28 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 26 Aug

£28 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

The Parting Glass

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The People’s Premiere Gala offers the opportunity to see a great new film at a price accessible to everyone. The world premiere of The Parting Glass, starring Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon, Denis O’Hare, Anna Paquin, Rhys Ifans and Edward Asner, will screen at the elegant Festival Theatre, and will be introduced by Stephen…

Sun 24 Jun

£5 / 0131 623 8030

Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

RSNO: Jaws in Concert – presented by the RSNO and EIFF

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall… The original summer movie blockbuster, with the Academy Award®-winning score by composer John Williams, Jaws in Concert is an unforgettable film-with-live-orchestra experience – especially when the Orchestra is the Royal Scottish National Orchestra!

Fri 22 Jun

£59 (£49) / 0131 623 8030

Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Peter And The Wolf

Music arranged and orchestrated by Tommy Smith and text adapted by Liz Lochhead and narrated by Tam Dean Burn. “Ah’m a grandfaither masel noo. But I want to tell ye aw a story. This is the story aboot me, me and the Wolf”. So begins, Tommy Smith’s Scottish jazz version of popular children’s classic Prokofiev’s Peter And…

Sat 14 Jul

£12.50 / 0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Peter & The Wolf And The Carnival Of The Animals

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: Peter & The Wolf And The Carnival Of The Animals Music arranged and orchestrated by Tommy Smith and Makoto Ozone and text adapted by Liz Lochhead and narrated by Tam Dean Burn. Two new interpretations of two popular classics that will appeal to music lovers of all ages. “Ah’m a…

Sat 14 Jul

£22.50 / 0131 529 6000

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Swimming with Men

  • 2018
  • Directed by: Oliver Parker
  • Cast: Charlotte Riley, Rupert Graves, Jim Carter

A man who is suffering a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronised swimming team.

Sun 1 Jul

£15 (£10) / 0131 623 8030

Part of Edinburgh International Film Festival.

XENOS

A new solo work by Akram Khan, marking the great dancer's final performances in a full-length production. XENOS means ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’. It confronts the tragedy of the First World War through the eyes of a shell-shocked Indian soldier in the trenches, forced to fight in a conflict that is not his. Around 1.5…

Thu 16 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 17 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 18 Aug

£14 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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Comments & ratings

1. pepitoe1 May 2011, 1:09pm Report

Spirit of the Dance - 30.4.11
Had been looking for a really good,entertaining,high quality,night of entertainment.Deeply disappointing.This group were unable to pull off the range of dance quality required to do Irish,Scottish,Spanish and the other range of dance routines.They presented as semi professional,reasonably competetent but not of a standard that should be at the festival theatre.Costumes were tacky,and the group should never try to do highland dancing in Scotland unless really competent,which they were not.
We were so disappointed we left during the interval.
Festival Theatre - "need to do better"

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