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

April 2020

Swan Lake
Thurs 9 – Sat 11 April 2020 Cancelled.
Remembering The Oscars
Sunday 12 April 2020 Rescheduled to 14 April 2021.
Million Dollar Quartet
Tue 14 – Sat 18 Apr 2020. Production not currently rescheduled.
Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
Sunday 26 April 2020. Rescheduled to Tue 3 Nov 2020.
Ballet Black
Thursday 30 April 2020 Not currently rescheduled.

May 2020

Burn the Floor
Saturday 2 May 2020. Rescheduled to Friday 10 July 2020.

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.

John Grant
Thurs 14 May 2020: Rescheduled to Wed 9 Sept 2020

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 Tour cancelled.

Scottish Opera: Utopia, Limited
Fri 12 June 2020. Tour cancelled.

July 2020

Burn the Floor
Friday 10 July 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.

Giovanni Pernice: This is Me
Tuesday 14 July 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.

September 2020

John Grant
Wednesday 9 September 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
A rare stripped–back live show where the Michigan-born singer-songwriter and former member of the Czars will perform as a duo – playing songs from across his celebrated career. With special guest Teddy Thompson. Book here.

Alexander O’Neal #MyFarewellTour
Thursday 10 September 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
R&B and Soul Legend Alexander O’Neal performing his greatest hits along with tracks from his new album which is due to be released in September 2020. Performing alongside Alexander’s very own 9 piece band with support from Mamma Freedom. Book here.

Round the Horne
Friday 11 September 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.

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.

November 2020

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
Tuesday 3 November 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.

Vincent Simone: Tango Passions
Wednesday 4 November 2020
Evening: 7.30pm.
Accompanied by world-class Argentine Tango specialists, plus Tango band Tango Siempre from his shows Midnight Tango and The Last Tango, let the original Italian stallion take you on a journey to Buenos Aires and enjoy his dancing, tales and the historic poetry about the history of the Argentine Tango. Book here.

Bring It On
Tue 24 – Sat 28 Nov 2020
Evenings 7.30pm, Matinee Fri & Sat 2.30pm
The smash hit Broadway Musical back flips into the UK. Inspired by the film of the same name, Bring It On takes you on a high-flying, energy fuelled journey which tackles friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped up in explosive choreography and tricks. 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.


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.

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.

Singin’ in the Rain
Tue 23 – Sat 27 Mar 2021
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.

April 2021

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.

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.

May 2021

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

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.