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

  • SIX

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    Friday 7th Feb, 7.30pm
    From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales. Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE!
    Price(s): From £22 - £35 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Jo Barrow, Tricia Weeks
    Touch Tour: 4.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Anna Spence
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong

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    Friday 14th Feb, 7.30pm
    Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are back on stage, battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes.
    Price(s): From £25 - £35 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): John Cummings & Judy Gilbert
    Touch Tour: 6.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Sabine Zielinska, Nicolle Murdoch
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Opera – Nixon in China

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    Saturday 29th Feb, 7.15pm
    Inspired by Nixon’s much-publicised visit to China in 1972, this groundbreaking piece explores the reality behind the hype.
    Price(s): From £21- £89 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 6pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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    Thursday 5th Mar, 7.30pm
    Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
    Price(s): From £29.50- £49.50 (concessions available)
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

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    Friday 6th Mar, 7.30pm
    Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
    Price(s): From £29.50- £49.50 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): John Cummings & Caroline Jaquet
    Touch Tour: 6.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Iain Hodgetts
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Opera – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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    Saturday 4th Apr, 7.15pm
    Fairies, magic, comedy and more – all come together in an otherworldly blend of imagination and reality.
    Price(s): From £21- £89 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 6pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Million Dollar Quartet

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    Friday 17th Apr, 7.30pm
    Don’t miss your chance to discover the true story of one unforgettable night that made rock ’n’ roll history!
    Price(s): From £21- £39.50 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Caroline Jaquet & Judy Gilbert
    Touch Tour: 6.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Lou Howie & Shaurna Dickson
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Northern Ballet: Geisha

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    Saturday 9th May, 2.30pm
    Based on remarkable true events, experience Northern Ballet’s exceptional dancers in this must-see ballet.
    Price(s): From £13- £42 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 12.00pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes

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    Saturday 23rd May, 2.30pm
    The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Janette Knibbs & Judy Gilbert
    Touch Tour: 1.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Scottish Opera – The Gondoliers

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    Saturday 13th Jun, 2.30pm
    Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon.
    Price(s): From £21- £89 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 1.15pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office