Festival City Theatres Trust is responsible for the operation and management of two of Scotland’s major presenting venues – The Festival and King’s Theatres in Edinburgh. The Trust, which is a registered charity, was formed in July 1998 with the merger of the two theatres. It is the largest independent theatre management in Scotland.
The Festival Theatre stands on the site of the old Empire Theatre and opened in 1994, boasting the largest stage of any presenting house in Britain at the time. Today, at just over 2,500 square feet it is the largest performance area in Scotland, second only to the Royal Opera House in the UK, and is established as one of the country’s most prestigious venues. Not only is it the Capital’s home for Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, and at the heart of the Edinburgh International Festival, it has also gained an international reputation as one of the leading dance houses in the world. The 1915-seat venue hosts a cutting-edge contemporary dance season alongside large-scale musicals, international ballet productions and a variety of one-night musical events.
Standing on Edinburgh's longest continuous theatre site, the Festival Theatre was designed as Scotland's premier dance and opera house in 1994 and now offers a variety of world-class productions across all artforms. The stage is the largest in Scotland and third largest in Britain, providing the perfect platform for a programme of world-class contemporary dance and ballet, and excellent acoustics make it a number one venue for opera, musicals and concerts. With modern glass-fronted foyer and bar spaces and a plush 1915-seat auditorium, this is a must-visit venue for sparkling entertainment that won't let you down.
Selected reviews for this venue:
Thriller Live (03/11/14) - Fantastic Event
Great singing and dancing. Great all round event and would recommend it to anyone. The moon dancing really was out of this world; expert level.
Address: Festival Theatre Edinburgh
13 / 29 Nicolson Street,
The nearest rail station to the Festival Theatre is Waverley Station.
The Festival Theatre is accessible by many different bus routes across the city. The main Lothian bus routes which serve the Festival Theatre are: numbers 2, 3, 3A, 5, 7, 8, 14, 21, 29, 31, 33, 37, 37A, 42 and 49.
The Festival Theatre is on Nicolson Street, which is the continuation of North Bridge heading south from Princes Street.
There is limited street parking around the Festival Theatre. There is a small car park located about 5 minutes walk from the theatre on Niddry Street (7am - 11pm, 7 days).
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 Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help.
If you need any further information, wish to make any comments or suggestions, or would like to let us know how we can help you in any way, please feel free to contact our Duty Manager on 0131 662 1112.
INFORMATION IN OTHER FORMATS
Our brochure is available in Braille, Large Print, and Audio CD. You can sign up to our mailing list to receive a free brochure in any of these formats. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 622 8108.
WHEELCHAIR USERS AT THE FESTIVAL THEATRE
There are eight spaces in the stalls for wheelchair users, with adjacent seats for companions.
Please let us know all of your requirements at the time of booking; this will help us to prepare for your visit.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING
Both the King’s and Festival Theatres have a Sennheiser infrared system available in all areas of the auditorium. Headsets can be collected, free of charge, from the cloakroom on the lower ground floor mezzanine of the Festival Theatre or from the programme box in the foyer of the King’s Theatre. A Sennheiser personal loop system is also available for hearing aid users. Our staff can instruct you verbally or through the use of print on how to use the equipment.
Assistance dogs are most welcome at our venues. We will be pleased to look after them during the performance if required. Water bowls are available at both theatres.
ACCESSIBLE TOILETS AT THE FESTIVAL THEATRE
There are unisex accessible toilets on levels one and two of the theatre – all have emergency call buttons.
For patrons who are blind or visually impaired, we offer an Audio Description service. Look out for the Audio Description logo in our main brochure or on our website denoting shows which have this service.
Audio Description consists of a simultaneous commentary of the visual elements of a performance which is broadcast though a personal headset. The describer will let you know things like where the characters are on stage, what they’re wearing, how they gesture and what the set looks like. They will also provide you with an introduction to the performance, which may include things like detailed character descriptions and which actors are playing in the performance.
This introduction will begin through your headset 15 mins prior to the show beginning. Prior to each Audio Described performance we will provide a Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props. Your describer will give you a full account of the items that you’re introduced to, and how they will feature in the performance. Touch Tours usually commence 1 hour prior to the show starting, in the theatre’s entrance foyer. Please book your place on the Touch Tour when booking your ticket for the performance.
BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED
For patrons who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing we provide BSL Interpreted performances. Look out for the BSL logo in our main brochure or on our website denoting shows which have this service.
A BSL Interpreter will stand on the stage and interpret all spoken or sung speech during the performance. Please mention that you wish to use this service when you book your show tickets and we will allocate you appropriate seats to clearly see the interpreter.
For patrons who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing we provide a Captioning Service. Look out for the Captioning logo in our main brochure or on our website denoting shows which have this service.
Captioning is a bit like subtitles on TV. The captions are shown on a raised display unit in large print and delivered at the same time as the words spoken or sung by the actors. This is also a wonderful service for anyone who has difficulty in following strong accents, or whose first language is not English.