Situated on Edinburgh's longest continuous theatre site in the heart of Edinburgh, the Festival Theatre has a modern glass-fronted foyer, revealing a plush art-deco auditorium.

Address

13-29 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh
EH8 9FT

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
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. Automatic doors on left hand side.
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

Access video

Events at Festival Theatre

  • James IV: Queen of the Fight

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    Saturday 8th Oct, 2.30pm
    Acclaimed playwright Rona Munro takes you back to a thrilling and uncharted period of Scottish history in this brand-new production
    Price(s): £21.50 - £45.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Judy Gilbert & John Cummings
    Touch Tour: From 1:30pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Shaurna Dickson
    Stage Position: left
  • The Cher Show

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    Thursday 13th Oct, 7.30pm
    Three Chers is better than one! Three West End stars play Cher as we span her iconic career.
    Price(s): £23.50 - £49.50
    Captioning information
    Captioner: Alison Pendlowski
  • Scottish Opera: Ainadamar

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    Saturday 12th Nov, 7.15pm
    Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov creates a vibrant, poetic sound world combining opera with flamenco dance and song.
    Presented by: Scottish Opera
    Price(s): £21.50 - £43.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 6pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

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    Saturday 3rd Dec, 2.30pm
    This much-loved glittering winter production is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale – which was also the basis for Frozen.
    Presented by: Scottish Ballet
    Price(s): £19.50 - £52.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Emma-Jane McHenry & Fiona Pedgrift
    Touch Tour: From 1pm in the foyer
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • The Snow Queen – Inclusive Performance

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    Thursday 8th Dec, 2.30pm
    Scottish Ballet’s spectacular and much-loved production of The Snow Queen returns to the stage, after its sell-out tour in 2019.
    Presented by: Scottish Ballet
    Price(s): £12.50
    Relaxed Performance information
    We’ll have trained staff on hand to help, feel free to make noise and move around, we’ll keep the lights on but dimmed, and break out spaces with a live stream of the show so you can leave if needed.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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    Wednesday 4th Jan 2023, 2.00pm
    An inclusive performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for people with additional needs and their families.
    Price(s): £12
    Relaxed Performance information
    To make you feel welcome, relaxed and well-supported, we’ll have lots of trained staff on hand to help with any access needs.
  • An Inspector Calls

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    Thursday 2nd Feb 2023, 7.30pm
    Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns.
    Price(s): From £21.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • An Inspector Calls

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    Saturday 4th Feb 2023, 2.30pm
    Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns.
    Price(s): £21.50 - £45.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 1:30pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • EDGAS The Yeomen of the Guard

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    Saturday 25th Feb 2023, 2.30pm
    Sullivan’s sumptuous melodies combined with Gilbert’s darker libretto make for a tragicomic opera widely regarded as a masterpiece.
    Price(s): £19-£26
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: from 1:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Peaky Blinders: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby

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    Thursday 2nd Mar 2023, 7.30pm
    A new dance theatre event, delving into the story of Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders, written by the creator of the hit TV series.
    Price(s): £21.50 - £40.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 6:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

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    Thursday 16th Mar 2023, 7.30pm
    This sensational multi award-winning West End show first opened in 1989 and has been thrilling audiences around the world ever since.
    Price(s): £19.50-£49.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

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    Saturday 18th Mar 2023, 2.30pm
    This sensational multi award-winning West End show first opened in 1989 and has been thrilling audiences around the world ever since.
    Price(s): £19.50-£49.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: from 1:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Opera: Access Gianni Schicchi

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    Thursday 23rd Mar 2023, 3.00pm
    Gianni Schicchi follows a dysfunctional family caught in the snare of a shameless conman, with Puccini’s music creating its own sound world.
    Presented by: Scottish Opera
    Price(s): £10
    Relaxed Performance information
    Our accessible afternoon performances make coming to a favourite opera as easy and stress-free as possible – keeping the drama on stage where it belongs!
  • Scottish Opera: Puccini’s Il trittico

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    Saturday 25th Mar 2023, 6.00pm
    World-renowned director Sir David McVicar returns to Scottish Opera with Puccini’s epic triptych – a first both for him and the Company.
    Presented by: Scottish Opera
    Price(s): £27.50 - £73
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 4:45pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Wish You Were Dead

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    Thursday 6th Apr 2023, 7.30pm
    The work of best selling author, Peter James returns to Edinburgh, with the world premiere stage adaption of WISH YOU WERE DEAD.
    Price(s): £25-£42
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Wish You Were Dead

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    Saturday 8th Apr 2023, 2.30pm
    The work of best selling author, Peter James returns to Edinburgh, with the world premiere stage adaption of WISH YOU WERE DEAD.
    Price(s): £25-£42
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: from 1:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

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    Saturday 15th Apr 2023, 2.30pm
    Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty reawakens,10 years since its premiere, when it was the fastest selling production in the company’s history.
    Price(s): £28.50 - £52.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Caroline Burn
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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    Thursday 20th Apr 2023, 7.30pm
    This thrilling adventure of fantasy and friendship is a 5-star spectacular which blends magic with memory in a tour-de-force of storytelling
    Price(s): £19.50-£45.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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    Saturday 22nd Apr 2023, 2.30pm
    This thrilling adventure of fantasy and friendship is a 5-star spectacular which blends magic with memory in a tour-de-force of storytelling
    Price(s): £19.50-£45.50
    Audio Description information
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • The Stamping Ground

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    Thursday 25th May 2023, 7.30pm
    An uplifting new musical, featuring the songs of Runrig.
    Price(s): £26.50-£49.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • The Stamping Ground

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    Saturday 27th May 2023, 2.30pm
    An uplifting new musical, featuring the songs of Runrig.
    Price(s): £26.50-£49.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: from 1:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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    Thursday 1st Jun 2023, 7.30pm
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances.
    Price(s): £21.50 - £45.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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    Saturday 3rd Jun 2023, 2.30pm
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a joyous comedy about taking risks, finding love and embracing second chances.
    Price(s): £21.50 - £45.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 1:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Opera: Access Carmen

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    Friday 16th Jun 2023, 3.00pm
    Georges Bizet’s classic opera of jealousy, lust, and life outside the dictates of society gets a boldly updated new production.
    Presented by: Scottish Opera
    Price(s): £10
    Relaxed Performance information
    Our accessible afternoon performances make coming to a favourite opera as easy and stress-free as possible – keeping the drama on stage where it belongs!
  • Scottish Opera: Bizet’s Carmen

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    Saturday 17th Jun 2023, 7.15pm
    Georges Bizet’s classic opera of jealousy, lust, and life outside the dictates of society gets a boldly updated new production.
    Presented by: Scottish Opera
    Price(s): £27.50 - £73
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 6pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Titanic The Musical

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    Thursday 22nd Jun 2023, 7.30pm
    This stunning production celebrates the 10th anniversary of its London premiere where it won sweeping critical acclaim across the board.
    Price(s): £26.50 - £49.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Sister Act

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    Thursday 5th Oct 2023, 7.30pm
    Brace yourselves Sisters! The eagerly anticipated Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Edinburgh in 2022!
    Price(s): £28.50 - £52.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Sister Act

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    Saturday 7th Oct 2023, 2.30pm
    Brace yourselves Sisters! The eagerly anticipated Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Edinburgh in 2022!
    Price(s): £28.50 - £52.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 1:30pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls