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.


13-29 Nicolson Street


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
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.

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

  • Scottish Opera - Access La traviata

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    Friday 14th Jun, 3.00pm
    With Dementia Friendly values at their core, these shortened performances are open to all.
    Presented by: Scottish Opera
    Price(s): £10 (free carers)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Scottish Opera
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Scottish Opera - La traviata

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    Saturday 15th Jun, 7.15pm
    Giuseppe Verdi’s heart rending tragedy has inspired countless retellings, including cult favourite films Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge!
    Presented by: Scottish Opera
    Price(s): £23-£98
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Scottish Opera
    Touch Tour: 6pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office