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

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March 2019

Dirty Dancing
Mon 4 to Sat 9 March 2019
Mon to Thurs: 7.30pm; Fri: 5pm & 8.30pm; Sat: 3pm & 7.30pm
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. Book here.

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast
Wed 13 – Sat 16 March 2019
Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm.
A cruel prince, cursed to spend the rest of his life living in a fantastical castle with the animals he callously hunted, finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. Music Glenn Buhr, Choreography David Bintley. Book here.

First Steps: Beauty and the Beast
Fri 15 March 2019
2.30pm (1 hour).
Interactive show, specially adapted for children aged 3+, featuring ballet excerpts from Beauty and the Beast. Book here.

Scottish Opera: Kátya Kabanová
Thu 21 & Sat 23 March 2019
Evenings: 7.15pm.
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. Book here.

Scottish Opera: Kátya Kabanová Unwrapped
Fri 22 March 2019
Evening: 6pm.
A taster performance of Scottish Opera’s Kátya Kabanová. Book here.

Scottish Opera: Kátya Kabanová Pre-Show Talk
Sat 23 March 2019
Evening: 6pm.
Learn more about Scottish Opera’s Kátya Kabanová. Book here.

In The Willows
Wed 27 – Sat 30 March 2019
Evenings 7pm, Matinee Sat 2pm.
The classic story – remixed! With epic show tunes and killer beats, Metta Theatre bring the Wind in the Willows popping and locking into the twenty first century in an extraordinary new hip-hop musical. Featuring fast bikes, fierce moves and fabulous vocals. Book here.

Remembering The Movies
Sunday 31 March 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
very own Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara are back on tour with a brand new show, a ride through some of the most successful, Oscar winning and most memorable films of all time from the Golden Age of Hollywood through to the modern mega musical. Book here.

April 2019

Fri 5/Sat 6 April 2019
Evenings 8pm, Matinee Sat 2.30pm.
Mark Morris returns to Edinburgh with a unique tribute to the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, accompanied live. Book here.

Northern Ballet: Victoria
Wed 10 – Sat 13 April 2019
Evenings 7.30pm; Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm.
Northern Ballet’s new biopic brings the sensational story of Queen Victoria to life in dance. Choreographed by Cathy Marston, creator of the Northern Ballet’s acclaimed Jane Eyre. Book here.

Eddi Reader
Friday 26 April 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Eddi Reader returns to the Festival Theatre for a night of old and new songs including her brand new studio album CavalierBook here.

George: Celebrating the songs and music of George Michael
Sat 27 April 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
This huge, electrifying and authentic live show features original members of George’s own globe-trotting live band alongside the National Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with vocals from the sensational Rob Lamberti. Book here.

May 2019

Scottish Ballet: Spring
Thursday 2 – Saturday 4 May 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm.
To kickstart their 50th anniversary year, Scottish Ballet presents a fresh double bill fizzing with energy. The premiere of resident choreographer Sophie Laplane’s Dextera is partnered with the irresistible carnival of colourful characters in  MacMillan’s Elite SyncopationsBook here.

Doctor Dolittle – Cancelled
Tue 14 – Sat 25 May 2019
The tour of Doctor Dolittle has been cancelled (see news story here). Ticket holders will be contacted by box office staff to arrange a full refund or exchange.

Hormonal Housewives
Sunday 19 May 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
Join Vicki Michelle and the Hormonal Housewives as they blast their witty way through a catalogue of women’s bits. No subject is taboo for these girls and no thought is too private as the challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights. And that’s not all – audiences will be treated to some of the very best bits from the previous tour of this smash-hit show. Book here.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
Saturday 25/Sunday 26 May 2019
11am & 2pm.
Join our intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty of adventure and a few surprises along the way in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Book here.

Kevin Clifton in Burn the Floor
Tue 28 May 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
In the past two decades Burn the Floor has revolutionised Ballroom style. Combining jaw-dropping choreography and ground-breaking moves, Burn the Floor brings their famous, infectious and rebellious energy to the stage every single night in the UK, starring Strictly Come Dancing favourite Kevin Clifton, and the new Italian heartthrob, Graziano Di Prima. Book here.

1O Soldiers
Thu 30 May 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
A thrilling and humane portrait of army life telling the stories of men and women serving on the front line. Book here.

June 2019

25 Live: The Big Birthday Show
Saturday 1 June 2019
Evening: 7pm
Join us for one night only to celebrate 25 years of the Festival Theatre. To mark this birthday we are proudly presenting a packed variety show of the very best of our creative partnerships. We will be sharing some of the work we have produced with our partners in the last year as well as premiering brand-new works commissioned specifically for 25 Live in a celebration of dance, music, film and song. Book here.

Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute
Wed 5, Sun 9, Tue 11, Thu 13 & Sat 15 June 2019
Evenings (not Sun) 7.15pm , Matinee Sun 3pm.
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. Book here.

Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute Unwrapped
Thu 6 Jun 2019
Evening: 6pm.
A taster performance of Scottish Opera’s The Magic Flute. Book here.

Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute Dementia Friendly
Fri 7 Jun 2019
Afternoon: 3pm.
A Dementia Friendly performance of Scottish Opera’s The Magic Flute. Book here.

Scottish Opera: The Magic Flute Pre-Show Talk
Sat 15 Jun 2019
Evening: 6pm.
Learn more about Scottish Opera’s The Magic Flute. Book here.

September 2019

John Prine Plus Special Guests
Sunday 8 September 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
The two-time Grammy-winner is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career he is a smiling, shuffling force for good. Book here.

Richard Alston
Friday 27/Saturday 28 Sep 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
The last ever visit from Richard Alston Dance Company which is due to close in 2020. Programme includes a newly revived The Signal of a Shake inspired by Handel’s brilliant concertos for organ, the world premiere performances of Martin Lawrance’s newest creation and last year’s popular Brahms Hungarian, featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway, where the dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour. Book here.

October 2019

On Your Feet
Monday 7 – Saturday 12 October 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
The Broadway and West End production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical embarks on a UK and Ireland tour this Autumn. This is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom. Book here.

Eddie Izzard – Wunderbar
Saturday 19/Sunday 20 October 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm.
The comedian is going back to his roots with an all-new rather personal show which expands on his own very unique, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his ‘theory of the universe’. Book here.

Inala Cancelled
Wednesday 30 October 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
The production of Inala has been cancelled.

November 2019

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.

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
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.

April 2020

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
Sunday 26 April 2020
Year: 2020. Evening: 8pm.
NB: this is a 2020 event! Mr Carr has some jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Book here.