Festival Theatre Listings

Upcoming shows at the Festival Theatre

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13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.