Scotland's premier dance and opera house with Scotland's largest stage & excellent acoustics, providing the perfect platform for world-class contemporary dance, ballet, opera, musicals and concerts. During August it plays host to Edinburgh International Festival productions.


13-29 Nicolson Street


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Venue location
Festival Theatre- On Nicolson Street opposite Royal College of Surgeons and Blackwells Bookshop. The Studio- Located behind the theatre on Potterrow. 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BL


Parking information
Parking information Pay and display spaces on Chambers Street. Car park Niddry Street. Drop off outside theatre.
Taxi information
Taxi Rank on Nicolson Square.
Bus/Tram information
Bus stops on Nicholson Street 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, X47, 49
Waverley Station 0.4 miles north - level access via Market Street.

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Venue access information

Entrance doors can be very heavy. Lift access to all areas including function rooms.

Accessible toilets are located on levels 1 and 2. The café and foyer areas can be noisy and crowded.

Wheelchair spaces in centre stalls. High Box Office counter. One wheelchair to borrow. There is no loop at the Box Office. Infra-red coverage throughout auditorium. Neck loops can be collected at cloakroom. No reservations needed. Volume on neck loops can be adjusted.

Meet at Box Office for touch tours. Collect headsets from cloakroom.

Access service information

Audio Description information
Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
BSL Interpretation information
Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
Captioning information
Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office

Events at Edinburgh International Festival @ Festival Theatre

  • Rusalka

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    Tuesday 9th Aug, 7.15pm
    A new production of Dvořák's opera based on Hans Christian Anderson's 'The Little Mermaid', featuring Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw.
    Price(s): £32–£102
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Jacqueline Bouchard & Susan Prenter
    Touch Tour: 6pm - meet in the foyer
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Coppélia

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    Tuesday 16th Aug, 2.30pm
    Beloved classical ballet 'Coppélia' is reimagined for the digital age in Scottish Ballet's darkly comic new production.
    Price(s): £21–£46
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Emma-Jane McHenry & Fiona Pedgrift
    Touch Tour: 1.15pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Jungle Book reimagined

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    Sunday 28th Aug, 2.30pm
    Discover a new retelling of Kipling’s classic as the Akram Khan Company transplants Mowgli’s journey into the modern world.
    Price(s): £21–£39
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Emma-Jane McHenry
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office