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

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Events at Festival Theatre

  • Carmen

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    Thursday 8th Aug, 7.00pm
    Opéra-Comique presents a new production of Georges Bizet's masterpiece, brought to the stage by conductor Louis Langrée and director Andreas Homoki.
    Price(s): From £39.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Jonathan Penny & Veronica Kinahan
    Touch Tour: 5.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Keynote Talk: Akala

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    Saturday 10th Aug, 4.00pm
    Find solidarity in understanding the world we live in with the British Hip hop artist, author and social entrepreneur.
    Price(s): From £20.00
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Yvonne Waddell & Megan McArthur
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • The Marriage of Figaro

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    Sunday 18th Aug, 4.00pm
    The acclaimed Komische Oper Berlin present Mozart’s iconic comic opera. Taking place over the course of one hectic day, Mozart's masterpiece contains all the ingredients for the quintessential romantic comedy
    Price(s): From £34.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Trina Gillies & Caroline Jaquet
    Touch Tour: 2.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Assembly Hall

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    Friday 23rd Aug, 7.30pm
    Following their Olivier Award-winning piece Revisor, Jonathon Young’s recorded texts are married with Crystal Pite’s razor sharp, witty choreography to create a genre-defining piece, combining Arthurian cosplay and emotive contemporary dance.
    Price(s): From £21.00
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Assembly Hall

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    Saturday 24th Aug, 7.30pm
    Following their Olivier Award-winning piece Revisor, Jonathon Young’s recorded texts are married with Crystal Pite’s razor sharp, witty choreography to create a genre-defining piece, combining Arthurian cosplay and emotive contemporary dance.
    Price(s): From £21.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Chris McKiddie & Emma-Jane McHenry
    Touch Tour: 6.00pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Keynote Talk: Gordon Brown

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    Sunday 25th Aug, 4.30pm
    'The world as it is and the world as it can be'. A talk by former UK Prime Minister the Rt Hon Gordon Brown.
    Price(s): From £20.00
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Yvonne Waddell & Rachel Amey
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Rebus: A Game Called Malice

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    Thursday 12th Sep, 7.30pm
    A splendid dinner party in an Edinburgh stately home concludes with a murder mystery game created by the hostess. A murder needs to be solved. But the guests have secrets of their own, threatened by the very game they are playing. And among them is Inspector John Rebus. True crime is his calling. Is he playing an alternative game, one to which only he knows the rules? There are suspects, clues and danger with every twist and turn - and a shocking discovery will send this game called ‘Malice' hurtling towards a gasp-inducing conclusion. Sir Ian Rankin is the multimillion-copy award-winning bestseller of over thirty novels worldwide and the creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen. His Rebus novels have dominated the detective fiction market with the ensuing television series ensuring the detective’s legendary status.
    Price(s): Tickets from £25.00
    Captioning information
    Captioner TBC
  • Rebus: A Game Called Malice

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    Saturday 14th Sep, 2.30pm
    A splendid dinner party in an Edinburgh stately home concludes with a murder mystery game created by the hostess. A murder needs to be solved. But the guests have secrets of their own, threatened by the very game they are playing. And among them is Inspector John Rebus. True crime is his calling. Is he playing an alternative game, one to which only he knows the rules? There are suspects, clues and danger with every twist and turn - and a shocking discovery will send this game called ‘Malice' hurtling towards a gasp-inducing conclusion. Sir Ian Rankin is the multimillion-copy award-winning bestseller of over thirty novels worldwide and the creator of John Rebus. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been adapted for radio, the stage and the screen. His Rebus novels have dominated the detective fiction market with the ensuing television series ensuring the detective’s legendary status.
    Price(s): Tickets from £25.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • A Chorus Line

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    Thursday 26th Sep, 7.30pm
    Seventeen stories. Eight chances. One singular sensation. New York City. 1975. On an empty Broadway stage, seventeen performers are put through their paces in the final, gruelling audition for a new Broadway musical. Only eight will make the cut.
    Price(s): Tickets from £24.00
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • A Chorus Line

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    Saturday 28th Sep, 2.30pm
    Seventeen stories. Eight chances. One singular sensation. New York City. 1975. On an empty Broadway stage, seventeen performers are put through their paces in the final, gruelling audition for a new Broadway musical. Only eight will make the cut.
    Price(s): Tickets from £24.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Peaky Blinders: Rambert

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    Thursday 3rd Oct, 7.30pm
    Rambert’s thrilling stage adaptation The Redemption of Thomas Shelby returns to Edinburgh, capturing the Peaky story, with stunning performances from Rambert’s dancers and an iconic soundtrack from a live on-stage band.
    Price(s): Tickets from £24.00
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Peaky Blinders: Rambert

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    Saturday 5th Oct, 2.30pm
    Rambert’s thrilling stage adaptation The Redemption of Thomas Shelby returns to Edinburgh, capturing the Peaky story, with stunning performances from Rambert’s dancers and an iconic soundtrack from a live on-stage band.
    Price(s): Tickets from £24.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Murder on the Orient Express

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    Thursday 24th Oct, 7.30pm
    Winter 1934. an avalanche stops The Orient Express dead in its tracks. A murder. A train full of suspects. An impossible case. Trapped in the snow with a killer still on board, can the world’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, crack the case before the train reaches its final destination? Following a sell-out tour of the best-selling crime novel of all time, And Then There Were NoneFiery Angel and Lucy Bailey (Director of West End Witness For The Prosecution) will bring Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of another Agatha Christie classic to the stage in 2024.
    Price(s): Tickets from £22.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Murder on the Orient Express

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    Saturday 26th Oct, 2.30pm
    Winter 1934. an avalanche stops The Orient Express dead in its tracks. A murder. A train full of suspects. An impossible case. Trapped in the snow with a killer still on board, can the world’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, crack the case before the train reaches its final destination? Following a sell-out tour of the best-selling crime novel of all time, And Then There Were NoneFiery Angel and Lucy Bailey (Director of West End Witness For The Prosecution) will bring Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of another Agatha Christie classic to the stage in 2024.
    Price(s): Tickets from £22.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Edinburgh Gang Show 2024

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    Saturday 2nd Nov, 2.00pm
    Over 250 young people from South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh will dazzle you with their energetic, show-stopping musical items and hilarious comedy sketches.   Don’t miss out on these spectacular performances that are guaranteed to make you smile. Because after all, there’s no show like the Gang Show!
    "The Gang Show continues to give opportunities to literally hundreds of youngsters each year, and is all the better for it.” Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre 
    Price(s): Tickets from £15.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Cinderella (Pantomime)

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    Friday 29th Nov, 2.00pm
    You shall go to the ball next Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Join returning panto favourites Allan StewartGrant Stott and Jordan Young with a new magical pantomime for all the family. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Edinburgh audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her Prince Charming.
    Price(s): Tickets from £20.75
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    Relaxed Performance information
    An inclusive Panto performance for people requiring additional support and their families.

    To make you feel welcome, relaxed and well-supported, we’ll have lots of trained staff on hand to help with any access requirements.

    Anyone can feel free to make noise and move around the auditorium, we’ll keep the lights on, but dimmed to reduce anxiety.

    We’ll also provide break-out spaces with a live stream of the show so that if people feel would like to leave the auditorium they don't have to miss the action.

    If you'd like to discuss your specific needs with a member of our staff, you can do so by calling the Box Office on 0131 529 6000 between Mon-Fri, 11-3. Please note that wheelchair spaces are limited.

  • Cinderella (Pantomime)

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    Saturday 7th Dec, 2.00pm
    You shall go to the ball next Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Join returning panto favourites Allan StewartGrant Stott and Jordan Young with a new magical pantomime for all the family. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Edinburgh audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her Prince Charming.
    Price(s): £20.75
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Cinderella (Pantomime)

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    Friday 13th Dec, 7.00pm
    You shall go to the ball next Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Join returning panto favourites Allan StewartGrant Stott and Jordan Young with a new magical pantomime for all the family. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Edinburgh audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her Prince Charming.
    Price(s): £20.75
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 6pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker

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    Thursday 16th Jan 2025, 7.30pm
    A magical family adventure
    Presented by: Scottish Ballet
    Price(s): £28.50 - £59.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC contact venue
    Touch Tour: From 1pm in the foyer
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Ballet's The Nutcracker

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    Saturday 18th Jan 2025, 2.30pm
    A magical family adventure
    Presented by: Scottish Ballet
    Price(s): £28.50 - £59.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1PM - contact venue for details
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Mary Poppins

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    Tuesday 28th Jan 2025, 7.30pm
    Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s spectacular production of the classic multi-award-winning musical arrives in Edinburgh in 2025!
    Price(s): Tickets from £25.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 6:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Mary Poppins

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    Wednesday 5th Feb 2025, 7.30pm
    Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s spectacular production of the classic multi-award-winning musical arrives in Edinburgh in 2025!
    Price(s): Tickets from £25.00
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical

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    Saturday 15th Mar 2025, 2.30pm
    Join the Bohemians at their 2025 production ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’   After a sell-out 2024 production, the Bohemians are heading to the Festival Theatre to bring this glittering, spectacular to you. Packed full of pop anthems, including ‘I Will Survive’‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ and ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It’, this show is sure to dazzle with all of your dancefloor favourites. This jukebox musical tells the story of three performers, Adam, Tick and Bernadette, who are booked to perform a show in the heart of The Australian Outback. Follow the glamorous trio through the highs and lows of their journey across the desert as they travel on their bus, Priscilla. The three friends encounter a comedy of errors, with a number of strange characters in this heart-warming tale of friendship and self-discovery. This amateur production of “PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorised performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW). Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen 'Spud' Murphy.
    Price(s): Tickets from £26.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): John Cummings & Alison Downey
    Touch Tour: 1pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

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    Saturday 12th Apr 2025, 2.30pm
    Matthew Bourne's audacious, rule-breaking reinvention of  Tchaikovsky's masterpiece caused a sensation when it premiered almost 30 years ago.  It has now become the most successful dance theatre production of all time, creating new audiences and inspiring generations of young dancers. In celebration of that ongoing impact, Swan Lake will take flight once more in a major new revival for the next generation of dancers, and for audiences who will experience it for the very first time. Thrilling, bold, witty and emotive, this genre-defining event is still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turning tradition on its head. First staged at Sadler’s Wells in London in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake took the dance theatre world by storm becoming the longest running full-length dance classic in the West End and on Broadway. It has since been performed across the globe, collecting over thirty international accolades including the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production and three Tony Awards for Best Director of a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.
    Price(s): Tickets from £29.50
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Calamity Jane

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    Thursday 17th Apr 2025, 7.30pm
    Calamity Jane The Whip Crackin' Musical Classic Gosh almighty! Grab a posse because the whip crackin' musical comedy classic Calamity Jane is a rollin' on over the plains to Edinburgh. Based on the much-loved Doris Day movie, this plumb fancy new production stars the multi-award-winning West End actor and singer Carrie Hope Fletcher (Cinderella, Les Misérables). Meet the fearless, gun slingin' Calamity Jane – biggest mouth in Dakota territory and always up for a fight. She'll charm you hog-eyed though, especially when trying to win the heart of the dashing Lieutenant Gilmartin, or shooting insults at the notorious Wild Bill Hickok. But when the men of Deadwood fall hard for Chicago stage star Adelaid Adams, Calamity struggles to keep her jealousy holstered. Her heart's a thumpin'... but who for? With the sure-fire classic songs The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), The Black Hills of Dakota, Just Blew in from the Windy City, and the Oscar-winning Secret Love, The Watermill Theatre’s Production of Calamity Jane, is directed by Nikolai Foster, co directed and choreographed by Nick Winston and features musical supervision by Olivier, Grammy and Tony Award winner Catherine Jayes.
    Price(s): Tickets from £25.00
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • Calamity Jane

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    Saturday 19th Apr 2025, 2.30pm
    Calamity Jane The Whip Crackin' Musical Classic Gosh almighty! Grab a posse because the whip crackin' musical comedy classic Calamity Jane is a rollin' on over the plains to Edinburgh. Based on the much-loved Doris Day movie, this plumb fancy new production stars the multi-award-winning West End actor and singer Carrie Hope Fletcher (Cinderella, Les Misérables). Meet the fearless, gun slingin' Calamity Jane – biggest mouth in Dakota territory and always up for a fight. She'll charm you hog-eyed though, especially when trying to win the heart of the dashing Lieutenant Gilmartin, or shooting insults at the notorious Wild Bill Hickok. But when the men of Deadwood fall hard for Chicago stage star Adelaid Adams, Calamity struggles to keep her jealousy holstered. Her heart's a thumpin'... but who for? With the sure-fire classic songs The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), The Black Hills of Dakota, Just Blew in from the Windy City, and the Oscar-winning Secret Love, The Watermill Theatre’s Production of Calamity Jane, is directed by Nikolai Foster, co directed and choreographed by Nick Winston and features musical supervision by Olivier, Grammy and Tony Award winner Catherine Jayes.
    Price(s): Tickets from £25.00
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 1:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Ballet's The Crucible

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    Saturday 3rd May 2025, 2.30pm
    Arthur Miller's drama of power and persecution.
    Presented by: Scottish Ballet
    Price(s): £27.50 - 56.25
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1pm - contact venue for details
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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    Thursday 15th May 2025, 7.30pm
    Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as the West End smash-hit production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes to the Festival Theatre in 2025. Step through the wardrobe into the magic kingdom of Narnia where a world of wonder awaits. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they meet new friends, face dangerous foes and learn the lessons of courage, sacrifice, and the power of love. Watch the nation's favourite novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe come to life on stage in this spectacular production which is guaranteed to delight all ages.
    Price(s): Tickets from £25.00
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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    Saturday 17th May 2025, 2.30pm
    Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as the West End smash-hit production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes to the Festival Theatre in 2025. Step through the wardrobe into the magic kingdom of Narnia where a world of wonder awaits. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they meet new friends, face dangerous foes and learn the lessons of courage, sacrifice, and the power of love. Watch the nation's favourite novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe come to life on stage in this spectacular production which is guaranteed to delight all ages.
    Price(s): Tickets from £25.00
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): TBC
    Touch Tour: 1:30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): TBC
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Quadrophenia, a Mod Ballet

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    Saturday 14th Jun 2025, 2.00pm
    Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK present   Pete Townshend’s   Quadrophenia, a Mod Ballet Meet the new generation… In 1973, guitar smashing rock genius Pete Townshend wrote QUADROPHENIA. Recorded by The Who - it quickly became an iconic and multi-million selling album. Quadrophenia defined a generation and in 1979 inspired the cult classic feature film of the same name. Now it’s back – this time as an explosive dance production – Quadrophenia, A Mod Ballet with a large cast of exceptional dancers, introducing new audiences to troubled mod Jimmy’s story while remaining true in spirit to the much-loved original. Quadrophenia is steeped in the mythology of the 1960s - sharp suits, soul music, vespas and parkas but its themes of lost youth, rebellion, the search for belonging and hunger for social change are just as urgent today. A rich, orchestral version of the album by Rachel Fuller, first heard in concert version at The Royal Albert Hall and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the backdrop for this adrenaline filled rollercoaster ride. Choreographer Paul Roberts and Director Rob Ashford bring together some of the UK’s finest creative talent from the worlds of music, theatre, film and dance. With original costumes by renowned British fashion house Paul Smith and Natalie Pryce, projection by Nick Hillel and lighting designby Fabiana Piccioli. Prepare to be blown away as the power of dance brings a whole new dimension to the raw energy and emotion of one of the UK’s most iconic rock albums.
    Price(s): Tickets from £26.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 1pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office