Festival Theatre Edinburgh

13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT

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Phone bookings (0131 529 6000) Monday to Saturday 11am - 6pm.



world-class entertainment on a world-class stage

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.


Designed as Scotland's premier dance and opera house in 1994, the stage is the largest in Scotland, providing the perfect platform for world-class contemporary dance and ballet, and excellent acoustics make it a number one venue for opera, musicals and concerts. The Festival Theatre continues to provide the best programme of dance and opera in the country, as well as a variety of world-class productions across all artforms. Home to the International Festival in the summer, and Christmas shows in winter, you'll find unmissable entertainment here all year round.


The Festival Theatre is by no means short of history either - and we've got the ghost stories to prove it! Standing on Edinburgh's longest continuous theatre site, and previously Edinburgh's beloved Empire Palace Theatre, over a century of famous acts have graced the stage - from Laurel and Hardy and Judy Garland to David Bowie and John Cleese. A tragic fire on stage in 1911 led to one of the most interesting stories in Edinburgh's history - join one of our backstage tours for a real insight into the fascinating past of this historic venue.

For more information on booking the Festival Theatre or the Studio at the Festival Theatre for your production, please contact:

Fiona Syme
Email: fiona.Syme@edtheatres.com
0131 622 8086