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Don't miss the Festival Theatre - everything is worth seeing!

We were too late for the plays this year, but were lucky enough to see "Chicago" on the third last... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Daylesford, Australia
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

A friend and I saw this show at the Festival Theatre this week (a treat from her husband - and what... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
June F
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 January 2014

Festival Theatre has a superb spacious modern foyer where you can have a pre theatre glass of wine , spirits or coffee. Plenty seats - if you go early. The only gripe was the theatre was very very warm! The person behind us fell asleep...More

3  Thank ajkedar
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 May 2016

I have to agree with other reviews- the theatre looks lovely and very grand but it's well past time that they replaced the seats! Soooo sore just 2/3 into the first act! Even the children in our group of 8 were complaining. And very pricey...More

2  Thank Elaine W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Konie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

Thank June F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank MaggieB75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

1  Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 😊

Thank anniemandco
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Such a beautiful venue and it’s so well run! The staff are really friendly and the atmosphere is great. Not a bad view from any of the seats!

Thank Ant_6966
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

First visit & was very impressed. Much bigger venue than I anticipated. Good facilities for pre theatre & intervals. The top levels are however quite high so not so good if suffer from heights. Good selection of restaurants nearby - Ciao Roma was very nice!

1  Thank alan57muir
Reviewed 6 September 2018

The mid-90s restoration of the Empire Theater made this into a world-class venue, while retaining the ambience of a great, late-19th century hall. We've been doing the Edinburgh International Festival for 25 years and always look forward to performances here. The acoustics are excellent and...More

Thank WagnersParsifal
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

Have attended a number of concerts here. City centre site, 15 walk from Waverley Station. Modern, comfortable theatre - good viewing and acoustics - comfortable seats with good leg room. Bars in each floor, and cafe/snack bar on the ground floor. Staff generally very helpful....More

Thank B15jdr
Reviewed 10 July 2018

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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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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18 April 2018|
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Concerts yes . You would have to keep checking for rock concert
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