Festival Theatre Listings

Upcoming shows at the Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Website: www.capitaltheatres.com

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May 2018

War Horse
Wed 18 April to Sat 12 May 2018
Following 8 record breaking years in London’s West End, having played to audiences in 10 countries around the world and a sell-out 2014 run in Edinburgh, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns. Hugh’s review is here: ★★★★★ Magnificent.

Mon 14 to Sat 19 May 2018
Now in its record breaking 9th year, THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. A homage to Jackson’s legendary live performances and innovative dance moves.

Shen Yun
Sun 20 & Mon 21 May
A multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures – the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

Scottish Opera: Eugene Onegin
Wed 23, Sat 26, Tue 29 & Thu 31 May 2018
Tchaikovsky and Pushkin: two of Russia’s greatest artists come together in this sweeping tale of unfulfilled love.

Eugene Onegin Unwrapped
Thurs 24 May 2018
A taster performance of Eugene Onegin

June 2018

Sing in the City
Sat 2 June
The Aw Blacks are an energetic vocal group with 50 members, and with the band, provide a night of music you can dance and sing along to.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
Tue 5 to Sat 9 June 2018
Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes and Sleeping Beauty, New Adventures return to the Festival Theatre with one of their most popular and beloved productions. The thrilling and evocative love story is set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Marti Pellow plus Special Guests
Sun 10 June 2018.
One of our most loved pop icons, Marti Pellow, has today announced the dates for the Scottish part of his The Private Collection Tour.

The Last Ship
Tue 12 to Sat 16 June 2018
The Last Ship is the UK premiere of Sting’s breath-taking new musical, an epic tale of community, hope and a great act of collective defiance.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds
Mon 18 June
Bill Murray and Jan Vogler present a program that showcases the core of the American values in literature and music. A show that communicates the bridges artists have built between America and Europe.

Stan & Ollie & Friends
Fri 29 June
A fabulous evening of Laurel & Hardy films, peppered with live variety entertainments “to thrill and amuse”. Additionally, live variety entertainments of music and comedy.

July 2018

Opera North: Kiss me, Kate
Wed 4 to Sat 7 July 2018
A comedy classic revolving around the tempestuous love lives of actor-producer Fred Graham and his leading lady turned ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi.

Peter And The Wolf
Sat 14 July
“Ah’m a grandfaither masel noo. But I want to tell ye aw a story. This is the story aboot me, me and the Wolf”. So begins, Tommy Smith’s Scottish jazz version of Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf. Actor Tam Dean Burn will narrate new text, especially adapted by former Makar Liz Lochhead.

Peter and the Wolf & The Carnival of Animals
Sat 14 July
Tommy Smith’s Scottish jazz version of Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Tam Dean Burn and adapted by Liz Lochhead, plus Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, a dizzying, dazzling, zoological roundabout.

August 2018

Edinburgh International Festival: The Barber of Seville
Sun 5, Tue 7 & Wed 8 August
Deceit and deception; trickery and disguise – and all in the name of love. Dashing young Count Almaviva falls desperately in love with the ravishing Rosina, locked away by her lecherous guardian Dr Bartolo – who has designs on her himself, as soon as she comes of age…

Edinburgh International Festival: Autobiography
Sat 11 to Mon 13 August
Trailblazing choreographer and director Wayne McGregor has been radically redefining dance in the modern era with his own company, at The Royal Ballet where he has been Resident Choreographer since 2006, and internationally. He has an unmistakable visual style that pushes the body to ever greater virtuosity.

Edinburgh International Festival: Xenos
Thu 16 to Sat 18 August
A new solo work by Akram Khan, marking the great dancer’s final performances in a full-length production.

Edinburgh International Festival: La Cenerentola
Fri 24 to Sun 26 August
Ingenious optical illusions, sumptuous video projections and unstoppable comedy.

September 2018

Rob Brydon – I am Standing Up…
Fri 14 Sep
Rob Brydon’s first stand up tour since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009.

Ocean Film Festival
Sat 15 September
Surfs up! An incredible selection of the world’s most amazing films from both above and below the water’s surface.

Tue 4 Sep
Garbage Version 2.0 plus special guests Honeyblood.

Richard Alston Dance Company
Thu 20 & Fri 21 September
Fast frenetic rhythm with a cool, sombre undertone takes the piece into a world of shadow and swift dodges.

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast
Sat 22 & Sun 23 September
Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

October 2018

Calendar Girls the Musical
Tue 2 to Sat 13 October
Created by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, this award winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
Tue 16 to Sat 20 October
Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.

Tue 23 to Sat 27 October
The National Theatre bring this epic and visually daring production of Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Tue 30 & Wed 31 October
The all-male comedy ballet company are loved world-wide for their sassy spoofs and hilarious homages to classical ballet.

November 2018

Christy Moore: On the Road
Thu 1 November
One of the most compelling and inspirational musicians Ireland has ever seen.

Russell Watson: Canzoni d’Amore
Fri 2 November
Having sold more than seven million albums worldwide, “The People’s Tenor” returns to the stage with his brand-new show Canzoni d’Amore.

Ross Noble: El Hablador
Sat 3 November 2018
Ross Noble returns to dance around the stage spinning out all the nonsense in his head into a hilarious stand up show.

The Whitney Houston Show
Sun 4 November
Starring Belinda Davids, The Whitney Houston show is a critically acclaimed live concert honouring the talent, music and memory of Whitney Houston.

Scottish Opera: Rigoletto
Fri 9, Sun 11, Thu 15 & Sat 17 Nov
Set in a dark and dangerous underworld where cruelty and inhumanity are rife, Rigoletto tells the tragic tale of seduction, revenge and a father’s suffocating love for his only daughter.

Scottish Opera: Rigoletto Unwrapped
Mon 12 November
A taster performance of Scottish Opera’s Rigoletto.

Rambert: Life is a Dream
Thu 22 to Sat 24 November
A spectacular new show from Rambert, with lyrical dancing, rich live music and stunning visual effects combining to tell a vivid story.

Madeleine Peyroux
Sun 25 November
Critically acclaimed jazz-blues singer Madeleine Peyroux, often referred to as the Billie Holiday of the ’90s, started singing after discovering street musicians in the Latin Quarter in Paris.

Nativity! The Musical
Wed 28 Nov to Sun 2 Dec
Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version!

December 2018

Scottish Ballet Cinderella
Sat 8 to Sun 30 December
The perfect Christmas outing that has everything you adore about the classic fairy tale – made fresh, funny and touching.

Scottish Ballet: Cinderella Inclusive Performance
Thu 13 December
An inclusive performance of Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella for people with additional needs and their families.

Scottish Ballet Wee Cinderella
Fri 21 December
This specially adapted hour long performance features the company’s dancers accompanied live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

January/February 2019

Les Misérables
Tue 22 January to Sat 16 February
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical is touring after nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour. This new staging has scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

March 2019

Dirty Dancing
Mon 4 to Sat 9 March 2019
Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

Scottish Opera: Kátya Kabanová
Thu 21 & Sat 23 Mar 2019
In a small industrial community, lost in the vast landscape of Russia, Kátya is torn between her love of a younger man and her duty as a wife.

Scottish Opera: Kátya Kabanová Unwrapped
Fri 22 March 2019
A taster performance of Scottish Opera’s Kátya Kabanová

May 2019

Doctor Dolittle
Tue 14 to Sat 25 May 2019
Join the eccentric Doctor, his human companions and his exotic menagerie of animal friends on an extraordinary adventure.

June 2019

Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute
Wed 5, Sun 9, Tue 11, Thu 13 & Sat 15 June 2019
Set in a spectacular world inspired by the Victorian futurism of HG Wells and Jules Verne, this Magic Flute balances the opera’s beguiling mix of comedy, fantasy and pantomime with a profound story of the search for wisdom, love and truth.

Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute Unwrapped
Thu 6 June 2019
A taster performance of Scottish Opera’s The Magic Flute.