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

  • Scottish Opera: Don Giovanni

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    Friday 10th Jun, 3.00pm
    Mozart’s masterpiece is one of the world’s most performed operas for good reason.
    Presented by: Scottish Opera
    Price(s): £10
    Relaxed Performance information
    A narrator, The Orchestra of Scottish Opera and a full cast of singers lead you through a shortened version of the opera, including some of its best-loved music.
  • The Addams Family

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    Friday 17th Jun, 7.30pm
    Everyone's favourite kooky family are coming back on stage in this spectacular musical comedy.
    Price(s): £26.50 -49.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 6:30pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Sister Act

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    Friday 16th Sep, 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
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 6:30pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • The Osmonds: The Musical

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    Thursday 22nd Sep, 7.30pm
    We’re Having a Party and you’re invited to join us for this night of drama, nostalgia and dancing in the aisles.
    Price(s): £15 - £45.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • The Osmonds: The Musical

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    Saturday 24th Sep, 2.30pm
    We’re Having a Party and you’re invited to join us for this night of drama, nostalgia and dancing in the aisles.
    Price(s): £15 - £45.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 1:30pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • James IV: Queen of the Fight

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    Thursday 6th Oct, 7.30pm
    With the same wit and theatricality of the first ​three James Plays, Rona Munro takes you back in Scottish history with this new production.
    Price(s): £21.50 - £45.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • James IV: Queen of the Fight

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    Saturday 8th Oct, 2.30pm
    With the same wit and theatricality of the first ​three James Plays, Rona Munro takes you back in Scottish history with this new production.
    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
  • 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
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • The Cher Show

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    Saturday 15th Oct, 2.30pm
    Three Chers is better than one! Three West End stars play Cher as we span her iconic career.
    Price(s): £23.50 - £49.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 1:30pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • South Pacific

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    Thursday 27th Oct, 7.30pm
    Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed, landmark production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific comes to Edinburgh in 2022.
    Price(s): £28.50 - £52.50
    Captioning information
    Optimum seating position: Seats held, usually Dress Circle - Ask Box Office
  • South Pacific

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    Saturday 29th Oct, 2.30pm
    Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically acclaimed, landmark production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific comes 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
  • Scottish Ballet's The Snow Queen

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    Saturday 3rd 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.
    Price(s): £19.50 - £52.50
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 1:30pm.
    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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    Saturday 7th Jan 2023, 2.00pm
    Mirror, Mirror on the wall - our Panto is the most magical of them all!
    Price(s): £35.50 - £38
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 1pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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    Friday 13th Jan 2023, 7.00pm
    Mirror, Mirror on the wall - our Panto is the most magical of them all!
    Price(s): £33 - £35
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: From 6pm.
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls