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Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED, Scotland
+44 131 228 1404
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Excellent play and great customer service.

I traveled with my son at Christmas and visited the Traverse. Black Beauty was amazing and... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2017
San Francisco, California
An interesting theatre

Situated just off Lothian Road and right beside the Usher Hall, this is a modern and edgy... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2016
Alastair N
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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The Traverse is Scotland’s new writing theatre. Formed in 1963 by a group of passionate theatre enthusiasts, the Traverse was founded to extend the spirit of the Edinburgh festivals throughout the year. Today, under Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, the Traverse nurtures emerging talent, produces award-winning new plays and offers a curated programme of the best work from the UK and beyond, spanning theatre, dance, performance, music and spoken word. The Traverse has launched the careers of some of the UK’s most celebrated writers – David Greig, David Harrower and Zinnie Harris – and continues to discover and support new voices – Stef Smith, Morna Pearson, Gary McNair and Rob Drummond. With two custom-built and versatile theatre spaces, the Traverse’s home in Edinburgh’s city centre is a powerhouse of vibrant new work for, and of, our time. Every August, it holds an iconic status as the theatrical heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Outside the theatre walls, it runs an extensive engagement programme, offering audiences of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to explore, create and develop. Further afield, the Traverse frequently tours internationally and engages in exchanges and partnerships – most recently in Quebec, New Zealand and South Korea.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED, Scotland
West End
+44 131 228 1404
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

I traveled with my son at Christmas and visited the Traverse. Black Beauty was amazing and performed in an interesting way. We arrived with my octogenarian father. Instantly the ticket rep noticed his mobility issues and reserved us front row seats and arranged for us...More

Thank Tomedin1
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Situated just off Lothian Road and right beside the Usher Hall, this is a modern and edgy performing space. I attended a play in Traverse 1, and was impressed by the very steep rake of the seating, so that although I was well back from...More

Thank Alastair N
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Every Edinburgh festival my wife and I go to see most of Traverse Festival plays - about 10 -12 per year. Getting towards £20 a ticket for 60- 90 minutes - so not cheap but half price to attend the preview shows makes a big...More

Thank PhilEdinburgh
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Our favorite theatre in Edinburgh: Great box office staff who were exceedingly helpful in the Fringe period.Great shows overlooked by some, but worth the effort....

Thank Benniskeeper
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Saw a play and a musical performance as part of the Fringe Festival here. Both were excellent and the space was good for both.

Thank zfilly
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Nice unpretentious modern venue with lovely atmosphere very friendly staff and a great range of shows and events. Check in advance as popular shows can sell out. Cafe bar area is nice and staff are quick to serve and not pushy.

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Watched the French-Canadian play 'Right Now' with my partner. The bar area had a wonderful buzz and great ambiance, with a good range of drinks and snacks on offer. The seating was intimate and modern while the mostly local cast were fantastic. Definitely left with...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 29 April 2016

travelling into town means a matinee show these days to ensure we get home on the train. Traverse has always been a favourite and 'Right Now' did not disappoint. Brilliant witty writing, excellent acting and direction made for an intriguing afternoon with many issues explored...More

Thank benthehoose
Reviewed 12 February 2016

A lovely 'modern' theatre with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere putting on mostly new work. Nice bar area which serves good food. Great place to meet fellow luvvies before or after the show.

Thank slqq
Reviewed 6 January 2016 via mobile

There's always something good on at The Trav. Whether it is a challenging smaller-scale piece in Trav 2 or a more prominent work in Trav 1, this is a key artery in the beating heart of Scottish theatre. The Trav Bar is a nice place...More

Thank Jonathan W
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13 August 2016|
Response from Alastair N |
It means that you don't get a specific named seat. You just get a ticket for the event and whether you end up in the front row or at the back depends on how near the front of the queue you are.