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Festival Theatre Edinburgh

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13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
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Backstage Tour: Festival Theatre

Did you know that the Festival Theatre is situated on Edinburgh's longest continuous theatre site? Or that it was once a Bingo hall? Want to stand on stage and feel like a star?

This backstage tour is a great chance to go behind the scenes; see the workings of the theatre and walk down memory lane as we chat through the theatre's interesting history.

Refreshments are included.

Sat 2 May


Wed 13 May


Sat 6 Jun


Sat 4 Jul


Wed 15 Jul


Play Days

The Easter break is a great time to try something new! Come along and get hands on experience of stage craft. Each day will explore a different artform and theme with professional artists as they work with you to create a piece of theatre to share with family and friends at the end of the day! Join us as we devise and create mini performances working with a range of artists with opportunities to make props and costumes.

No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome. Please note this is not a drop-in session, but a workshop. We will also be providing lunch.

Monday, 13 April - Drama

Tuesday, 14 April - Dance

Wednesday, 15 April - Music

Thursday, 16 April - Clowning

Friday, 17 April - Film

Mon 13 Apr


Tue 14 Apr


Wed 15 Apr


Thu 16 Apr


Fri 17 Apr


Scottish Ballet: Swan Lake

Swan Lake - Scottish Ballet

Scottish Ballet once again stage David Dawson's exciting re-imagining of the classic ballet, which first debuted in 2016.

Thu 9 Apr
Fri 10 Apr
Sat 11 Apr

Tea and 'Jam': Dementia Friendly

Enjoy some music at this dementia-friendly event. You can even join in with your own instrument.

Fri 24 Apr



With its impressive Colin Ross-designed three-story glass façade, the former Empire Palace Theatre is at once welcoming and grand. It boasts one of the largest stages in the UK; so big that it has occasionally been converted into a studio theatre with room to spare. The auditorium seats over 1900 people on three levels. Maintaining a tradition for variety that dates back nearly two centuries, it programmes everything from popular comedy to classical opera. Not only is it the capital’s home for Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, it is also one of the cornerstones of the Edinburgh International Festival and, thanks to investment in cutting edge projection equipment, the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Having built a reputation as a leading dance house, it hosts a cutting-edge contemporary dance season alongside large-scale musicals, international ballet productions and a variety of one-night musical and comedy events. At street level, Café Lucia is open daily, and there are bars on each floor open on performance days in addition to private function rooms. The same management runs the King's Theatre.

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20 Sep 2018

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