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’s Tosca , Dementia-Friendly

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    Tuesday 19th Nov, 3.00pm
    Passion, glamour, love worth dying for – Anthony Besch’s Tosca has it all. Don’t miss it as it comes home to the Scottish Opera stage.
    Price(s): Starting From £10
    Relaxed Performance information
    Lighting levels are brighter, sound levels are lowered and people are able to move freely in and out of the auditorium during the performance to watch the show via live feed screens in quiets areas.
  • How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

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    Friday 29th Nov, 7.30pm
    Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic story as it comes to life on stage, for the first time in the UK.
    Price(s): Starting From £28- £48 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Audio Describer(s): Judy Gilbert & John Cummings
    Touch Tour: 6.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    BSL Interpreter(s): Iain Hodgetts
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Ballet – The Snow Queen

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    Saturday 14th Dec, 2.30pm
    A glittering winter tale. This story of love and friendship is sure to delight the whole family.
    Price(s): Starting From £19 - £46 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 1.00pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen, Inclusive performance

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    Thursday 19th Dec, 2.30pm
    An inclusive performance of Scottish Ballet's The Snow Queen for people with additional needs and their families.
    Price(s): Starting From £12.50
    Relaxed Performance information
    So that we can best cater to your needs, online booking is not available - please discuss your requirements with Box Office by calling 0131 529 6000 and please note that wheelchair spaces are limited.
  • Scottish Opera – Nixon in China

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    Saturday 29th Feb 2020, 7.15pm
    Inspired by Nixon’s much-publicised visit to China in 1972, this groundbreaking piece explores the reality behind the hype.
    Price(s): Starting 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 2020, 7.30pm
    Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
    Price(s): Starting 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 2020, 7.30pm
    Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
    Price(s): Starting From £29.50- £49.50 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 6.30pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
    BSL interpretation information
    Optimum seating position: Front Stalls
  • Scottish Opera – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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    Saturday 4th Apr 2020, 7.15pm
    Fairies, magic, comedy and more – all come together in an otherworldly blend of imagination and reality.
    Price(s): Starting From £21- £89 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 6pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office
  • Scottish Opera – The Gondoliers

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    Saturday 13th Jun 2020, 2.30pm
    Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon.
    Price(s): Starting From £21- £89 (concessions available)
    Audio Description information
    Touch Tour: 1.15pm
    Optimum seating position: Ask Box Office