Festival Theatre Listings

Upcoming shows at the Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
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November 2019

Acosta Danza
Fri 1 & Sat 2 November 2019Compañía Acosta Danza - Temporada “Mitos”.
“Rooster” (Estreno en Cuba)
Coreografía: Christopher Bruce
Asistente de montaje: Steven Brett
Música: Canciones grabadas por The Rolling Stones
Diseño de luces: Tina MacHugh
Diseño de vestuario: Marian Bruce / Cristina Giannelli
Carlos Acosta, Marta Ortega, Yanelis Godoy, Julio León, Carlos Luís Blanco, Javier Rojas, Leticia Silva, Yasser Domínguez, Deborah Sánchez, Liliana Menéndez
Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Sala: Avellaneda.
Evenings 7.30pm
International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his critically acclaimed Cuban company to Edinburgh ahead of his exciting appointment as Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020. In this programme of new and existing works, Acosta himself makes a guest appearance in Christopher Bruce’s iconic Rooster.  Book here.

Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 November 2019
Evenings 7.30pm; Matinees Wed, Thurs & Sat: 2.30pm.
Bill Kenwright presents the multi-award winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical directed by Rufus Norris. It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take to the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub… Book here.

Frank Skinner
Tue 12 November 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
An unmissable opportunity to see comic legend Frank Skinner perform brand new stand-up. Well, you can miss it, but you would be a fool to do so. Book here.

Scottish Opera – Tosca
Thu 14, Sun 17, Thu 21 & Sat 23 November 2019
Thu & Sat 7.15pm, Sun 3pm
Passion, glamour, love worth dying for – Anthony Besch’s Tosca has it all. In 1940s Rome, in the shadow of Mussolini’s tyrannical rule, the ill-fated lovers come to life against a backdrop of political corruption and intrigue. This superb production is beloved the world over – don’t miss it as it comes home to the Scottish Opera stage. Book here.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Tuesday 26 November – Saturday 1 December 2019
Evenings Tue – Sat: 7.30pm. Mats Fri: 2.30pm; Sat: 11am & 2.30pm; Sun: 1pm & 4pm.
Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming and hilarious adaptation of Dr Zeuss’ picture classic. Book here.

December 2019

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen
Sat 7 – Sun 29 December 2019
Evenings 7.30pm (not Sundays), Matinees 2.30pm (not 11, 18, 27 Dec), No performances Tue 24 – Thu 26 Dec.
Scottish Ballet’s 50th year will come to a spectacular close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale – which was also the basis for Frozen – this glittering new production will be set to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Book here.

Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen pre-show talk (dance)
Thu 12, Thu 19 & Fri 20 December 2019
Evenings: 6.30pm.
Hear about the making of the production direct from members of our Artistic and music staff. These fascinating half-hour talks are the perfect way to learn more about the show before you take your seat. Book here.

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen Pre-Show Talk (Focus on Music)
Friday 13 December 2019
Evening: 6.30pm.
Hear about the making of the production direct from members of our Artistic and music staff. This fascinating half-hour talk is the perfect way to learn more about the show before you take your seat. Book here.

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen Inclusive Performance
Thursday 19 December 2019
Afternoon: 2.30pm.
An inclusive performance of Scottish Ballet’s The Snow Queen for people with additional needs and their families. Book here.

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen Stage Secrets
Saturday 21 & Saturday 28 December 2019
11.30am – 1pm.
Take a little time out to discover the inspirations behind Cinderella’s choreography, characters, music and designs. This insight offers the fascinating experience of watching the company take class on stage and talking to one of the dancers afterwards about their career. Book here.

January 2020

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue
Friday 17 January 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
BBC Radio’s multi award-winning antidote to panel games returns to the stage in 2020 with its sell-out touring show. Join Tim Brooke-Taylor Tony Hawks, Miles Jupp, Richard Osman and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense. Colin Sell provides piano accompaniment. Book here.

Paul Carrack: The 2O/2O Tour
Saturday 18 January 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
Having returned from touring Japan and the USA as a featured instrumentalist with the Eric Clapton Band, Paul is eager to get back to his own set highlighting not only the hits and collaborations with the bands such as The Eagles but also songs from his 17 solo albums. Book here.

Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years In Concert
Fri 24 January 2020
Evening: 7.30pm
Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest tribute shows, Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years returns in 2019 with an all-new production. Book here.

Scottish Dance Theatre
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
Scotland’s leading contemporary dance company with an extraordinary programme by two of the most internationally acclaimed choreographers of our times: Process Day, by choreographer Sharon Eyal and music producer Gai Behar, and Emanuel Gat’s The Circle with a hypnotic score by electronic guru, Squarepusher. Book here.

February 2020

SIX The Musical
Tue 4 to Sun 9 February 2020
Tue – Thurs & Sat: 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Matinees Sat 2.30pm & Sun 2pm
From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century sisterly sass-itude. Think you know the rhyme, think again…. Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE! Book here.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Tue 11 to Sun 16 February 2020
Evenings Tue to Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm Sun 2pm
The members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are back on stage, battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland? Book here.

Thu 20 to Sat 22 February 2020
Evenings 7.30pm
Wayne McGregor. Marion Motin. Hofesh Shechter. All great dance artists start somewhere… The British experimenter, the hip-hop battler from France and the folk musician from Israel. Fans know them as great, distinctive choreographers. Rambert’s new show brings together their moments of breakthrough: Book here.

Dare To Do It – Dick & Angel
Sun 23 February 2020
Evening: 7.30pm
Dick & Angel, the stars of Escape to the Chateau, embark on their first ever theatre tour, with love in their hearts and a story to share about how they ended up in a beautiful castle, with a beautiful family, in a beautiful part of France. Book here.

Tango Fire
Mon 24 February 2020
Evening: 7.30pm
Starring internationally renowned Argentinean tango superstars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, this is a fiery and explosive journey through the history of authentic Argentine Tango. Book here.

Scottish Opera – Nixon In China
Thu 27 & Sat 29 February 2020
Evenings 7.15pm
John Fulljames – Director of Opera at The Royal Danish Theatre – directs John Adams’ iconic work. Inspired by Nixon’s much-publicised visit to China in 1972, this ground-breaking piece explores the reality behind the hype. It is as much about the private moments as the public, about the wives as much as the husbands, and about what we choose to remember as much as what actually happened. Book here.

March 2020

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Tue 3 – Sat 7 March 2020
Evenings 7.30pm Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. Book here.

Sunday 8 March 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
Following their recent, triumphant shows Them/Us, Fourteen Days, Young Men and Life, the multi-award winning BalletBoyz are back and celebrating their 20th anniversary year. Book here.

Cirque Berserk
Tue 10 – Sun 15 mar 2020
Tue – Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2pm, 5pm & 7.30pm, Sun 3pm
Combining contemporary cirque style artistry with adrenaline fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers, and daredevil stuntmen showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills. Book here.

Round the Horne
Monday 16 March 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
Ooh, Mr Horne! How bona to vada your dolly old eek! From 1965 to 1968 there wasn’t a bigger radio programme in Britain than the ground-breaking Round the Horne. For half-an-hour every Sunday afternoon, audiences of up to 15 million people would gather around the wireless to listen to Kenneth Horne and his merry crew get up to all sorts of mischief. Book here.

Giovanni Pernice: This is Me
Tuesday 17 March 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
The Strictly Come Dancing favourite is back with a brand new show for 2020. With the Italian’s natural charm, combined with beautiful choreography perfectly complemented by a fabulous soundtrack, This is Me pays homage to the music and dances that have inspired Giovanni’s career. Book here.

Scottish Opera: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tue 31 March, Thu 2 & Sat 4 April 2020
Evenings: 7.15pm
Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, returns to Scottish Opera to bring his Shakespearean expertise to Britten’s beguiling work. Designer Tom Piper, famed for the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London will bring this tale to life. Fairies, magic, comedy and more – all come together in an otherworldly blend of imagination and reality. Book here.

April 2020

Swan Lake
Thurs 9 – Sat 11 April 2020
Evenings: 7.30; Fri/Sat Mat: 2.30pm.
Scottish Ballet reinterpret the classic for a new generation with David Dawson’s daring, visceral choreography – perfectly paired with the rich, romantic Tchaikovsky score, played live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Book here.

Remembering The Oscars
Sunday 12 April 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
Aljaz and Janette will be returning with their brand new show. Celebrate the Oscar-winning songs in this exhilarating new dance spectacular with Strictly’s favourite couple and a cast of amazing dancers and musicians and stunning stage designs, costumes and huge LED screen. Book here.

Million Dollar Quartet
Tue 14 – Sat 18 Apr 2020
Evenings 7.30pm, Mats Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records in Memphis, the studios of legendary record producer Sam Phillips, for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. This musical brings that legendary night to life with a score of rock hits. Book here.

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
Sunday 26 April 2020
Evening: 8pm.
Mr Carr has some jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Book here.

Ballet Black
Thursday 30 April 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
The professional ballet company for international dancers of black and Asian descent returns to Edinburgh following their hugely successful visit in June and mindblowing performance with Stormzy at Glastonbury. Book here.

May 2020

Burn the Floor
Saturday 2 May 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
Kevin Clifton is back with the Burn the Floor cast in 2020…and this time he will be joined by his sister Joanne Clifton! The famous siblings will tour together for the very first time and will play on their individual successes in an ‘Anything You Can Do…’ inspired theme. Book here.

Northern Ballet: Geisha
Wed 6 – Sat 9 May 2020
Evenings 7.30pm, Mats Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West. As their lives are torn painfully apart, a promise from beyond the grave offers the only chance for redemption. Book here.

Ross Noble: Humournoid
Sunday 10 May 2020
Evening: 8pm
What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand up? Nobody knows because that isn’t a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see it. This is it. Book here.

In Conversation with the Sopranos
Wednesday 13 May 2020
Evening: 7.45
Get the real story behind what Vanity Fair called “the greatest pop-culture masterpiece of its day” when three of The Sopranos’ most iconic cast members sit down for a chat. Book here.

The Red Shoes
Tue 19 – Sat 23 May 2020
Evenings 7.30pm, Mats Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns. A tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Book here.

Trixie Mattel
Sunday 31 May 2020
Evening: 8pm
Major pop culture figure, stand up comedian and musician with talents that defy classification. Trixie’s tour is an exciting electro-folk reinvention. Expect to feel that you’ve landed in a PeeWee Herman video, with some surf rock and a love for 60’s country music. Book here.

June 2020

Scottish Opera: The Gondoliers
Wed 10, Thurs 11, Sat 13 June 2020
Evenings 7.15pm, Matinee Sat 2.30pm
Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon. Director Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director at State Opera South Australia, teams up with designer Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016) to stage a production that is fast, furious and full of fun. Book here.

Scottish Opera: Utopia, Limited
Fri 12 June 2020
Evening 7.15pm
Gilbert & Sullivan’s penultimate opera was written immediately after The Gondoliers. Here, in a semi-staged performance with an updated libretto by director Stuart Maunder and revised musical version by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark, it is given its Scottish Opera premiere and the airing it so deserves. Satirising the conceit of the mighty British Empire, its politics, monarchy and press, Utopia, Limited is as incisive now as ever it was. Book here.

September 2020

The Scandal at Mayerling
Thurs 17 – Sat 19 Sept 2020
Evenings: 7.30, Sat Mat: 2.30pm.
Scottish Ballet re-imagine MacMillan’s iconic ballet. The year is 1889 and, in the woods outside Vienna, the Empire must hide a terrible secret. At the royal Mayerling hunting lodge, Crown Prince Rudolf is found shot dead alongside his teenage mistress. Book here.

The Phantom of the Opera
Wed 23 Sept – Sat 31 Oct 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees: Thu/Sat 2.30pm; Sun 2pm (Not Sun 1 Nov); Wed 28 Oct 2.30pm.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano, Christine, her lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her… Book here.

December 2020

The Nutcracker
Mon 23 Nov – Thurs 31 Dec 2020
Evenings: 7.30; Matinees: 2.30pm.
Costumes plucked from the most gorgeous chocolate box; Tchaikovsky’s score to transport you to a land of dreams; and a story lifted straight from the pages of a classic fairy tale. Scottish Ballet with founder Peter Darrell’s sumptuous choreography. Book here.