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.

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. 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

  • Macbeth

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    Friday 26th Oct, 7.30pm
    The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Fighting to survive, the Macbeths are thrust towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.
    Price(s): £17.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Clea Friend
    Touch Tour: 6.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Janet Guest
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Opera: Rigoletto

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    Sunday 11th Nov, 3.00pm
    Award-winning director Matthew Richardson and Olivier Award-winning designer Jon Morrell revive their production of Verdi’s masterpiece.
    Price(s): £20.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Scottish Opera
    Touch Tour: 1.45pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Rambert: Life is a Dream

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    Friday 23rd Nov, 7.30pm
    A spectacular new show from Rambert, with lyrical dancing, rich live music and stunning visual effects combining to tell a vivid story.
    Price(s): £15.00
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Rambert
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Nativity! The Musical

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    Sunday 2nd Dec, 1.00pm
    Your favourite festive film is now a major new musical adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films.
    Price(s): £27.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): J.Barrow & J.Cummings
    Touch Tour: 12 noon
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Laura Goulden
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Ballet Cinderella

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    Thursday 13th Dec, 2.30am
    An inclusive performance of Scottish Ballet's Cinderella for people with additional needs and their families.
    Price(s): £12.00
    Relaxed Performance information
    Inclusive performance - relaxed and dementia friendly. For people with additional needs and their families. Please book in person, or call the box office (not available online).
  • Scottish Ballet Cinderella

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    Saturday 15th Dec, 2.30pm
    The ultimate spectacle. Primary colours that burst out of the darkness. Billowing ball gowns whisking you into a magical world.
    Price(s): £8.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Scottish Ballet
    Touch Tour: 1.00pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Les Misérables

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    Wednesday 30th Jan 2019, 7.30pm
    This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century”.
    Price(s): £32.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): tbc
    Touch Tour: 6.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Les Misérables

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    Wednesday 6th Feb 2019, 7.30pm
    This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century”
    Price(s): £32.50
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Laura Miller
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Dirty Dancing

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    Thursday 7th Mar 2019, 7.30pm
    Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing
    Price(s): £24.00
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Dirty Dancing

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    Saturday 9th Mar 2019, 3.00pm
    Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing
    Price(s): £24.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): tbc
    Touch Tour: 2.00pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): tbc
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls