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.

Address

13-29 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9FT

Contact

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18001
Dedicated Access Staff Contact
BSL bookings via signlive.co.uk

Location

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

Transport

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
Train
Waverley Station 0.4 miles north - level access via Market Street.

Venue map

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

  • Peter Gynt

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    Wednesday 7th Aug, 7.00pm
    Peter Gynt is a radical new version of Ibsen’s epic play from the National Theatre of Great Britain; created by David Hare and starring James McArdle.
    Price(s): £15 - £38 (fees apply)
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Louise Holden & Yvonne Waddell
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Peter Gynt

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    Thursday 8th Aug, 7.00pm
    Peter Gynt is a radical new version of Ibsen’s epic play from the National Theatre of Great Britain; created by David Hare and starring James McArdle.
    Price(s): £15 - £38 (fees apply)
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Peter Gynt

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    Thursday 8th Aug, 7.00pm
    Peter Gynt is a radical new version of Ibsen’s epic play from the National Theatre of Great Britain; created by David Hare and starring James McArdle.
    Price(s): £15 - £38 (fees apply)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Myra Galletly & Bridget Stevens
    Touch Tour: 5.30pm, meet in venue foyer
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Eugine Onegin

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    Saturday 17th Aug, 7.15pm
    Eugene Onegin marks the return of Komische Oper Berlin and its Artistic Director Barrie Kosky to the International Festival after their spectacular The Magic Flute in 2015. Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera features some of his most captivating music, its heartfelt melodies and choruses inspired by Russian folk music encircling its beating heart of raw emotion. A romantic and a dreamer, Tatyana finds her quiet country existence is entirely dismantled by the arrival of the wealthy, charismatic Eugene Onegin. She confesses her undying devotion to him, but his cynical dismissal devastates her. Years later, it’s a very different Onegin — a lonely man traumatised by grief — who begs for Tatyana’s love. In seeking redemption, he is himself rejected: Tatyana is unwilling to abandon her husband for the man who so coldly spurned her. Based on Alexander Pushkin’s classic verse novel, Tchaikovsky’s heart-breaking love story uses the author’s poetry to create lyrical scenes that contrast the austerities of country life with the excesses and opulence of the Russian imperial court. Playful, radical and perceptive, Kosky is one of the most renowned directors working in opera today. Rising star Asmik Grigorian, whose performance as Strauss’s Salome at the Salzburg Festival recently met with universal adoration, takes the central role of Tatyana. Eugene Onegin is conducted by Latvian-born Ainārs Rubiķis, Komische Oper Berlin’s recently appointed Music Director.
    Price(s): £28 - £96 (fees apply)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Jacqueline Bouchard & Susan Hellier
    Touch Tour: 6pm, meet in venue foyer
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Rite of Spring

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    Saturday 24th Aug, 8.00pm
    Rite of Spring is an exhilarating reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet of sacrifice and renewal from Chinese choreographer Yang Liping.
    Price(s): £15 - £35 (fees apply)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Emma-Jane McHenry
    Touch Tour: 7pm, meet in venue foyer
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office