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Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT, Scotland
+44 131 529 6000
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Seats with no room for legs

I gave up after one act of Mc Beth because I couldn't stretch my legs and get some air. So little... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Azzedine B
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Best hacks for EFT

Great venue, central, well organised. Drinks can be a problem but there are bars on every floor and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dundee, United Kingdom
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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. Enjoy a drink in our spacious bars and take in the insipring views across to Arthur's Seat - but don't let the modern entrance fool you - the traditional 1915-seat auditorium, with its sumptuous decor and lavish fittings, has all the grandeur and splendour you need for a truly special theatrical experience.Designed as Scotland's premier dance and opera house in 1994, the stage is the largest in Scotland, providing the perfect platform for world-class contemporary dance and ballet, and excellent acoustics make it a number one venue for opera, musicals and concerts. The Festival Theatre continues to provide the best programme of dance and opera in the country, as well as a variety of world-class productions across all artforms. Home to the International Festival in the summer, and Christmas shows in winter, you'll find unmissable entertainment here all year round.
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13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
+44 131 529 6000
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I gave up after one act of Mc Beth because I couldn't stretch my legs and get some air. So little place, I definitely never experienced such a thing. Sardines in a crushed tin box. The place is nice, the show was good but as...More

Thank Azzedine B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great venue, central, well organised. Drinks can be a problem but there are bars on every floor and pre-order for the interval. Toilets may be busy - again there areplenty on each floor as well as easy access loos.

Thank munrotop
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

This theatre is in the city of Edinburgh with glass windows as the main entrance.This is very nice inside with mini bars on every floor..Has some lovely photos on the walls throughout..This was built in 1892 so its very beautiful stage and seating area and...More

Thank tess c
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

A humorous theatrical concert with audience participation and inventive staging! A brilliant Catalonia orchestra create a physical comedy to be enjoyed by the whole family using classical tunes!

Thank cmentonelli
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I have been there for one of the magic festival show. The place is big , beautiful old theatre. Nice and friendly personnel, very beautiful show. The seats are very old, old style theatre. I was lucky 'cause i was sitting at the side, at...More

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Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

Went here to see Rent the musical! It was my husband and I's first time seeing this Musial! I went on the Saturday night, the last night to go! It was an experience I will never forget. Everyone that went to see it were practically...More

Thank natpatwright
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Fabulous show of contemporary Argentine tango. It's only on 2 nights so tomorrow night is the last night. If you have an ounce of sensuality, love dance and want to be amazed, thus is a must see show so go tomorrow (Wednesday) night!!!

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We attended the Festival Theatre for a late night Comedy Gala, that was only using the seating in the Stalls, so close to the stage (not always a good idea at a comedy gig!) and accordingly good sightlines. Plenty legroom (much better than the Playhouse),...More

Thank Sandra and Alan S
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Beautiful theatre, I attended Red shoes on the 10/5/17, but the temperature of the place was so uncomfortable that I was close to fainting. I felt ill, dizzy and had double vision. It was a full house but surely air conditioning should have dealt with...More

Thank caroledallas
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The theater itself is a wonderful place to visit just to see a show. The style is an old world-style three level wrap-around theater, with balconies and loges. The live orchestra, and the performers for the Addams Family made my night out a happy memory...More

Thank MALAWI8386
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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Response from Jimmy S | Reviewed this property |
The other two members say it all. Neat attire, although I don't think they'd ban 'scruff'!
21 March 2016|
Response from Festival_Theatre | Property representative |
Hello, The Festival and King's Theatres aim to be accessible to all and we are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our staff undergo disability awareness training... More