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If you like a little added sparkle with your live entertainment then the prestigious Festival Theatre is the place for you. Built in 1994, the impressive glass facade imposes a sense of occasion as you enter the sleek and contemporary foyer spaces...more
13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 131 529 6000
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Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Attended this risqué show with my girlfriend who booked tickets as a Christmas treat. The venue was easy to find and conveniently located in Lothian Street, near to many bars and restaurants. Although you are essentially sat in what appears to be a circus tent,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank IJohnson27
Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

The place was disgusting. This was not because of the architecture or design, which were okay. The audience, however, is well below par in terms of culture and well above average when it comes to rudeness. Please put on a jacket and a tie when...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Balázs J
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Attended the festive Nativity the Musical production. Sitting in the Circle we had a great clear view of the stage. Such a surprise with the modern frontage to find an old theatre behind .

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dawn_MacD
Reviewed 4 December 2018 via mobile

Hubby entered a competition for a family ticket (4 persons) to see Nativity. Fabulous funny evening. Staff were courteous. Have seen several productions here and all been amazing.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

Came here to watch the musical Nativity. Lovely venue all areas clean and tidy. We had great seats few rows from the front.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AHA2008
Reviewed 23 October 2018

We were too late for the plays this year, but were lucky enough to see "Chicago" on the third last day & what a triumph it was. We have never been disappointed with anything we have seen at this theatre. The prices are good, the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018

A friend and I saw this show at the Festival Theatre this week (a treat from her husband - and what a treat!), and all I can say is that it was absolutely fantastic. Well, not ALL I can say. It was fabulous! stunning! amazing!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank June F
Reviewed 19 October 2018

I have seen ay shows in this theatre when it was known as “ The Empire” many moons ago. On this occasion I saw the Swan Lake ballet....outstanding. The seating is alternated so that you are not sitting directly behind someone else. The acoustics are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MaggieB75
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Nice surprise. Modern front from 1980's +/-. Theatre dates to 1800s. Beautiful inside. Two balconies. Well organized. Good sound quality. Saw Calendar Girls there and it was terrific all the way around. If this review is helpful then please indicate so below.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Just returned from seeing this amazing production of Calender Girls. Beautiful performances from all cast members but Karen Dunbar was just priceless. Laughter tears all rolled into one - amazing. Standing ovation from audience - need I say more 😊

Date of experience: October 2018
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Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around
university buildings in Southside, the sort of
neighbourhood that supports a long string of
second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for
just a few pounds. In August the student population is
replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here
for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and
arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking
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26 December 2018|
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Response from MaggieB75 | Reviewed this property |
Loved the Festival. Comfortable seats and I found there was plenty room. Put the child pop corn in a little plastic container er to stop the noise of crackling paper. Enjoy.
18 April 2018|
Response from GreenCH2013 | Reviewed this property |
Concerts yes . You would have to keep checking for rock concert
1 April 2018|
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Response from Barbara C | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I travelled by train