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Festival Theatre

13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT, Scotland
+44 131 529 6000
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Went to see the Last Ship-what an amazing performance which resulted in a standing ovation! Going... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Diane M
Great Location

A very enjoyable location, we went to see the Last Ship, a gift for my partner who is a 'sting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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13-29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT, Scotland
Southside & Holyrood
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+44 131 529 6000
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Went to see the Last Ship-what an amazing performance which resulted in a standing ovation! Going back to see Calendar Girl's in October! The theatre is big - I couldn't cope with sitting at the back as it is very high up. Our seats were...More

Thank Diane M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very enjoyable location, we went to see the Last Ship, a gift for my partner who is a 'sting' fan, so was always going to enjoy the show. Very accessible from the Royal mile (walkable). Spacious and comfortable seats (we were in the stalls)...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

The staffs here always make me feel very welcome to experience the very good shows here. The service here brings up my satisfaction as well. If you are a student, try your luck to get a £10 ticket on the day!

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Reviewed 24 May 2018

April 20, 2018-Theatre is in a good location. Easy walking distance from the train station and Royal Mile. Not a bad seat in the house, really. Acoustics are good. Lighting was excellent. And the actors for War Horse- unbelievably superb. And pricing was well worth...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Surprise day out for my daughter s 30th great show excellent cast and superb singingfast costume changes and great dancers

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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Recently attended a performance of Shen Yun - excellent. The theatre is a wonderful example of an older theatre with a lovely new facade. It is well staffed, 4 floors with bars on each floor. Admission to all floors can be by either elevator/stairs. Staff...More

Thank Leonard M
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

What a show !!!!!! Lovely old theatre, lots of history. The Shen Yun show was a masterpiece! Dance ,theatre, opera and music all wrapped up in pure theatre , but brought up to date with digital backdrops, very impressive! Only down side, the seats are...More

Thank John G
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

Been here a few times now and its a lovely theatre. Staff are always very friendly and accommodating. Nice and central and easy access to bar, toilets etc. Only reason it didnt get 5 stars is the merchandise is always so expensive. Which I suppose...More

Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

We had the fortune to visit the Festival Theatre earlier this month to watch War Horse for my wife’s birthday. We were not disappointed as the theatre was perfect for the performance with great seating and acoustics. The whole set up was ideal as although...More

Thank Larry G
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Just had a fantastic night out at the festival 🎭 theatre. It was the last night of War Horse 🐴. Every thing that people say is a spot on. It is truly amazing. As for the theatre its self in a good location and really...More

Thank AnneEathome
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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
...More
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noreenmcevoy
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Concerts yes . You would have to keep checking for rock concert
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Sorry but I travelled by train
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Possible pillar???
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