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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November 2018

Christy Moore: On the Road
Thu 1 November 2018.
Evening: 8pm.
One of the most compelling and inspirational musicians Ireland has ever seen.

Russell Watson: Canzoni d’Amore
Fri 2 November 2018.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Having sold more than seven million albums worldwide, “The People’s Tenor” returns to the stage with his brand-new show Canzoni d’Amore.

Ross Noble: El Hablador
Sat 3 November 2018
Evening: 8pm.
Ross Noble returns to dance around the stage spinning out all the nonsense in his head into another hilarious stand up show. At some point, he may wander into a shadowy part of the stage and look a bit shadowy.

The Whitney Houston Show
Sun 4 November 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
Starring Belinda Davids, The Whitney Houston show is a critically acclaimed live concert honouring the talent, music and memory of Whitney Houston.

Scottish Opera: Rigoletto
Fri 9, Sun 11, Thu 15 & Sat 17 November 2018
Evenings (not Sun): 7.15pm; Matinee Sun: 3pm.
Award-winning director Matthew Richardson (The Devil Inside 2016) and Olivier Award-winning designer Jon Morrell revive their powerful production of Verdi’s masterpiece. Set in a dark and dangerous underworld where cruelty and inhumanity are rife, the opera tells the tragic tale of seduction, revenge and a father’s suffocating love for his only daughter.

Scottish Opera: Rigoletto Unwrapped
Mon 12 November 2018
Evening: 6pm (1 hour).
A taster performance of Scottish Opera’s Rigoletto.

Rambert: Life is a Dream
Thu 22 to Sat 24 November 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm.
In the same room, many decades apart, three parallel stories unfold. As they do, the room transforms and the characters are transported to a bustling city, a dense forest, an opulent garden and an arid plain. It’s possible that too many of their dreams are coming true…

Madeleine Peyroux
Sun 25 November 2018
Evening: 8pm.
American singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux makes a welcome return to Edinburgh with a full band and new album Anthem which she describes as containing a “cast of Raymond Carver-esque characters”.

Nativity! The Musical
Wed 28 Nov to Sun 2 Dec 2018
Evenings Wed – Sat 7.30pm; Sun 5pm. Matinees Thurs & Sat: 2.30pm, Sun: 1pm.
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… Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant the crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

December 2018

Scottish Ballet Cinderella
Sat 8 to Sun 30 December 2018.
Evenings (not Sun 9, 23 or 30): 7.30pm. Matinees 2.30pm (Wed 12, 19, 27 & Fri 21 Dec). No perfs Mon 24 – Wed 26 Dec.
The perfect Christmas outing that has everything you adore about the classic fairy tale – made fresh, funny and touching in Christopher Hampson’s choreography with Prokofiev’s irresistibly melodic score showing the well-loved characters in a whole new light.

Scottish Ballet: Cinderella Inclusive Performance
Thu 13 December 2018.
An inclusive performance for people with additional needs and their families.

Scottish Ballet Wee Cinderella
Fri 21 December 2018
Matinee: 2.30pm.

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 2019
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Sun 2pm. Matinees: Thurs, Sat, & Wed 13 Feb: 2.30pm.
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical is touring, nearly a decade after the last sell-out UK tour. This new staging has scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

Jasmin Vardimon’s : Medusa
Thursday 21 February 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Created on the coast of Barcelona and inspired by its marine life, Jasmin Vardimon presents her new work Medusa. Celebrating 20 years of the Jasmin Vardimon Company and one of the world’s leading female choreographers, this piece examines the gendered historical significance of Medusa; the myth, the symbolism and the philosophical idea of ‘reflection’.

Paul Carrack
Friday 22 February 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Paul Carrack, one of the most revered voices in music and a figurehead of soulful pop for decades returns with the new album These Days.

Balletboyz: Them and Us
Sat 23 February 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Applauded across the globe for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with two brand new works, both set to original scores by world-class composers.

Ghost The Musical
Tue 26 February – Sat 2 March 2019
Evenings 7.30pm, Matinees Thu, Sat 2.30pm
Walking back to their apartment late one night a tragic encounter sees Sam murdered and his beloved girlfriend Molly alone, in despair and utterly lost.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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
Tue 14 – Sat 25 May 2019
Evenings (not Sun, Mon): 7.30pm; Matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm; Sun 19: 2pm.
Join the eccentric Doctor, his human companions and his exotic menagerie of animal friends on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail, that holds the secret of life and making the world a happier place. 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.