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

The Festival Theatre. Photo © Thom Dibdin

Click on the name of the show to go to its ticketing site.

The Festival Theatre has cancelled or rescheduled all performances until January 2021. Tickets for cancelled events are being refunded. Tickets for rescheduled events will automatically be valid for the new dates.

Further details are available on the Capital Theatre’s website: www.capitaltheatres.com

November 2020

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
Tuesday 3 November 2020. Rescheduled to June 2021
Burn the Floor
Wed 4 Nov 2020: Rescheduled to Sun 9 May 2021
Vincent Simone: Tango Passions
Wednesday 4 November 2020. Production cancelled.
Bring It On
Tue 24 – Sat 28 Nov 2020. Tour postponed. Expected to reschedule to Autumn 2021.

December 2020

The Nutcracker
Mon 23 Nov – Thurs 31 Dec 2020: Rescheduled to December 2021.

Still booking:
January 2021

Paul Smith: Changed
Sat 9 Jan 2021
Evenings: 8pm.
A lot has changed for Paul in recent years. Join him for his 3rd and largest ever tour of the UK and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off the cuff wit. Book here.

Trixie Mattel
Wednesday 13 Jan 2021
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.

Ballet Black
Friday 15 Jan 2021
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 2019 and mindblowing performance with Stormzy at Glastonbury. Book here.

Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years
Sat 16 Jan 2021 2020
Evening: 7.30.
Critically-acclaimed as one of the greatest tribute shows in the world, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards – collectively known as Bookends – recreate the unmistakable sound of Simon & Garfunkel. Their show features all the iconic songs, including The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and the smash hit Bridge Over Troubled Water. Book here.

February 2021

Ross Noble: Humournoid
Thursday 11 February 2021
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.

Ballet West – The Nutcracker
Fri 12 Feb 2021 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
Ballet West’s Touring Company with the ever-popular ballet, featuring a cast of over 100 dancers in Daniel F Job’s critically-acclaimed production, choreographed by Ballet West. Guest artists and Ballet West’s BA degree students will be joined by local Associates. Book here.

Tue 16 – Sat 20 Feb 2021 2020
Evenings: 7.30, Thurs, Sat mats: 2.30pm.
The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more? Book here.

March 2021

Wuthering Heights
Mon 1 – Sat 6 Mar 2021
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mats Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Shot through with music, dance, passion and hope, Emma Ric etransforms Emily Brontë’s masterpiece into a uniquely theatrical experience. Lucy McCormick and John Pfumojena lead the company of performers and musician in this National Theatre and Wise Children co-production. Book here.

The Addams Family
Tue 9 – Sat 13 Mar 2021
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mats Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Everyone’s favourite kooky and spooky family are back in this spectacular and hilarious musical comedy from the writers of multi award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, with music and lyrics by Tony-nominated Andrew Lippa, starring Samantha Womack as Morticia and Cameron Blakely as Gomez. Book here.

Fascinating Aïda
Sun 21 March 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical – the glamour is unstoppable. Book here.

April 2021

Swan Lake
Thurs 8 – Sat 10 April 2021
Evenings: 7.30, Sat Mat: 2.30pm.
The classic retold for a new generation, Arching backs, spiralling arms and mesmerising patterns: the struggle between purity and seduction pushes our dancers to their physical limits. David Dawson’s daring, visceral choreography is perfectly paired with the rich, romantic Tchaikovsky score, played live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Book here.

Janey Godleys Soup Pot Tour
Sunday 11 April 2021
Evening: 7.30pm
Grab the soup pot and get ready for the Queen of Scottish Comedy with live voice over’s and stand up like you’ve never seen before. Check out some hilarious patter from Big Tereeza in Torremolinos, Boris and his bawjaws and see Nicola up on the big screen with all the latest patter. Now, where’s my clicky pen… Book here.

Still Gaun!
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
(Rescheduled from King’s) Join lifelong friends Paul, Jane and Mark for an evening of fun, laughter and memories of the hit show with an opportunity for you, the audience, to ask anything you’ve ever wanted about the iconic multi-award winning Still Game! Book here.

Remembering The Oscars
Thursday 15 April 2021
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.

Oti Mabuse – I Am Here
Sunday 18 April 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
A a whirlwind celebration of the influences and inspirations that took Oti on a journey from growing up in South Africa to following her dream. From mesmerising Jives and pumping Sambas to South Africa’s exhilarating Kwaito, this is an explosive night of dance and music that will set your heart racing. Book here

Sister Act
Tue 20 Apr – Sat 1 May 2021
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats: Thu & Sat 2.30pm, Sun: 3pm
Brace yourselves Sisters! The Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Edinburgh immediately following its record-breaking London run, reimagined for the 21st century and starring one of Edinburgh’s most loved actors Allan Stewart in the role of Mother Superior. Book here.

Round the Horne
Thursday 22 April 2021
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.

May 2021

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker
Tue 4 – Sat 8 May 2021: Production currently being rescheduled.

Burn the Floor
Sunday 9 May 2021
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.

Tue 11 – Sun 16 May 2021
Tue- Thu: 8pm, Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 8pm, 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 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red. Book here.

June 2021

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
Tuesday 1 June 2021
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.

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals
Thurs 3/Fri 4 June 2021
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mat Weds: 2.30pm.
Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of the much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess. Book here.

In Conversation with the Sopranos
Monday 14 June 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.

September 2021

Lost in Music
Sun 26 Sept 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
Recreate the Magical 70’s on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco with some of the greatest songs of all time. This show boasts a sensational live band, incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals, so dress to impress. Book here.

October 2021

The Scandal at Mayerling
Thurs 21 – Sat 23 Oct 2021
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.

December 2021

The Nutcracker
Weds 1 – Fri 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.

April 2022

Singin’ in the Rain
Tue 26 – Sat 30 April 2022
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mats Weds, Fri, Sat: 2.30pm.
A smash-hit at Chichester and in the West End, Jonathan Church’s acclaimed production is back to make a splash. Andrew Wright’s high-energy choreography and Simon Higlett’s sumptuous set design combine with the charm, romance and wit of one of the world’s best- loved films. Book here.