Festival Theatre Listings

Upcoming shows at the Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre
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 September 2018

Richard Alston Dance Company
Fri 22 September 2017
The ever musical Richard Alston Dance Company return with a full programme including a brand new piece by Alston made especially for Edinburgh and Gypsy Mixture, a great Alston favourite, newly revived for the first time in a decade. Exhilarating dancing to the infectious music of Romanian and Macedonian gypsy bands will lift your spirits and quicken your pulse.

Tap Factory
Sun 24 September 2017
Tap Factory is an International hit-show for all the family, featuring urban tap dance, percussion, comedy and acrobatics.

Daksha Sheth Dance Company
Weds 27 September 2017
India’s most innovative dance company makes its Edinburgh debut with SARI, a celebration of the creation of this unique drape, in constant play with the body, both in stillness and in movement.

Scottish Dance Theatre
Sat 30 September 2017
Velvet Petal is inspired by the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe and explores the relationship between music, photography and dance.

October 2018

Love Letters Cancelled
Mon 2 to Sat 7 October
The tour of Love Letters has been postponed due to Ryan O’Neal requiring back surgery and a period of postoperative recovery.

Scottish Ballet Dances Stravinsky
Wed 11 to Fri 13 October
Scotland’s national dance company returns with a programme inspired by the music of one of the most distinctive and influential composers of the 20th Century, Igor Stravinsky, performed by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Hedda Gabler
Tue 17 to Sat 21 October
Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, this modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece comes to the Festival Theatre. This vital new version by Olivier Award-winning playwright Patrick Marber (Closer, Three Days in the Country) is directed by Olivier and Tony Award®-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge), who made his National Theatre debut with this acclaimed new production.

Rambert: A Linha Curva & Other Works
Thurs 26 October 2017
Rambert brings the riotous, colourful, sexy A Linha Curva to Edinburgh. This percussion-fuelled explosion of samba-flavoured dance helped the company win the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance in 2010.

November 2017

Slava’s Snowshow
Wed 1 to Sun 5 November
The multi award-winning international sensation returns to Edinburgh by popular demand. Enter Slava’s snowy world for a once in a lifetime, joyous, fun packed event culminating in a blizzard that puts you firmly at the centre of the action!

Balletboyz
Tue 7 Nov 2017
Celebrated across the world for their stunning live performances, films and TV work, BalletBoyz are back.

Acosta Danza: Debut
Fri 10 & Sat 11 November
Following an exceptional career as a ballet star, international dance icon Carlos Acosta launches his brand new company, Acosta Danza in the UK.

La Traviata Unwrapped
Thurs 16 Nov 2017
A free hour-long taster that gives an insight into La Traviata and how it is created. Presented from the stage this involves singers, back-stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

Scottish Opera: La Traviata
Wed 15, Sun 19, Tue 21, Thu 23 & Sat 25 November
Passionate, flamboyant, gripping; Sir David McVicar’s La traviata is not to be missed.

Legally Blonde The Musical
Mon 27 Nov to Sat 2 Dec
OMG you guys!!! Legally Blonde The Musical is coming  back to Edinburgh. This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest, so bend and snap up your tickets today!

December 2018

The Nutcracker – Scottish Ballet
Sat 9 Dec to Sat 30 Dec 2017
Christmas 2017 sees the return of Scottish Ballet’s much-loved production of The Nutcracker created by Scottish Ballet’s founder, Peter Darrell.

Inclusive Performance – The Nutcracker
14 Dec 2017
An inclusive performance of Scottish Ballet’s The Nutcracker for people with additional needs and their families.

2018
January 2018

Dancefest
Fri 12 Jan 2018
An evening celebrating the best of youth dance.

Miss Saigon
Wed 17 January to Sat 17 February 2018
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical  – a recent smash hit in the West End – is embarking on a major UK Tour.

February 2018

Miss Saigon
Wed 17 January to Sat 17 February 2018
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical – a recent smash hit in the West End – is embarking on a major UK Tour.

Cirque Berserk
Tue 20 to Sat 24 February 2018
Cirque Berserk is back by popular demand – Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular!

Simon And Garfunkel Through the Years
Sun 25 February 2018
Accompanied by a live string quartet, Bookends perform the most authentic sounding tribute to the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes & Pete Richards,

March 2018

Scottish Opera: Flight
Thu 1 & Sat 3 March 2018
Jonathan Dove’s life-affirming comedy flies north for its Scottish Opera premiere, with all the feel-good flair that garnered the performances at Opera Holland Park such rave reviews in 2015.

Flight Unwrapped
Fri 2 March 2018
A one hour taster performance

Ballet Hispánico: Carmen
Tue 6 – Sat 10 March
The European debut of America’s premier Latino dance company Ballet Hispánico with CARMEN.maquia, a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet’s beloved classic.

The Play That Goes Wrong
Mon 12 to Sat 17 March 2018
Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, Mischief Theatre’s sell-out West End comedy which is now playing on Broadway comes to Edinburgh for the first time

Northern Ballet’s The Little Mermaid
Thu 22 to Sat 24 March
Immerse yourself in a mystical underwater world. When a young mermaid is finally allowed her first glimpse of life beyond the ocean, she is enthralled by what she sees. After falling desperately in love with a man, she will do anything she can to live a human life.

This House
Tue 27 to Sat 31 March
Following sell-out runs at the National Theatre and in the West End this extraordinarily prescient play takes on a new importance in the current political climate. Are we in the midst of a political revolution? Can the country stay united? Roll back to 1974. The corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes.

April 2018

Scottish Opera: Ariadne Auf Naxos
Thu 5 & Sat 7 April 2018
Following his five-star Rusalka in 2016, director and designer Antony McDonald is back with a new production.

Ariadne Auf Naxos Unwrapped
Fri 6 April 2018
A one hour taster performance

Scottish Ballet’s Highland Fling
Tue 10 to Sat 14 April 2018
Presented exclusively by Scottish Ballet, Matthew Bourne’ Highland Fling is a wonderfully imaginative reworking of the classic romantic ballet La Sylphide with a wickedly wry Scotch twist.

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 to Edinburgh in 2018.

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 to Edinburgh in 2018.

THRILLER Live
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

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

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.

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.

September 2018

Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiast
Sat 22 September 2018
Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

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