Theatres in Edinburgh

From Musicals and Comedy to Drama and Opera Edinburgh has a theatre to suit you.

When visiting Edinburgh, you may wish to take in some entertainment – in the form of a theatre performance. The city has contemporary to Victorian establishments all hosting different performance arts for you to enjoy.

Festival Theatre – 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT

Edinburgh Festival Theatre showcases a myriad of exceptional musicals and comedy throughout the year. A contemporary theatre with a glass façade, spacious bars and incredible views to Holyrood Park and Arthur’s seat, it is an impressive structure. Before the theatre was the impressive glass encased wonderland that it is today, the site used to be home to the Empire Palace Theatre. Over the century, iconic acts such as Laurel and Hardy and Judy Garland graced the stage here. A fascinating history details the on stage fire which led to the original theatre’s demise, you can visit the new Festival Theatre to discover more.

The Kings Theatre – 2 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ

From the top musicals of the moment to Christmas pantomimes, the Kings Theatre has them all. The Kings was constructed by Edinburgh builder William Stewart Cruikshank in 1905 and Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie had the honour of laying the foundation stone. The theatre quickly became a place of national interest with musicals, drama and pantomime all gracing the stage of the beautiful Viennese baroque designed auditorium.

Edinburgh Playhouse – 18-22 Greenside Ln, Edinburgh EH1 3AA

Probably one of the best known theatres in Edinburgh – close to the city centre it showcases a plethora of awe inspiring music, dance and magic. From the Blues Brothers to Annie and Chicago the Edinburgh Playhouse hosts well known musicals throughout the year.

The Royal Lyceum Theatre – Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX

Set in a wonderful Victorian building, this theatre dates back to 1883, it still features the unique original decoration and plush seating today. Showcasing the best drama, comedy and literary masterpieces, the Lyceum is the place to come if you love to embrace the culture and history of days gone by. In addition, brand new plays, up to date adaptations and new, exciting drama can all be seen here.

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