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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September 2019

John Prine Show rescheduled
Sunday 8 September 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
As a result of ill health, John Prine has had to reschedule his tour and this show will now take place at the Usher Hall at the Sunday 23 February 2020 . Click here for refund details..

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

An Audience with Elaine C Smith
Fri 4 October 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
Elaine C Smith fresh from her BAFTA award winning performance as the unhinged Christine in the BBC2 hit sitcom Two Doors Down and her RTS award for the STV production Burdz Eye View returns to the stage with her hugely successful one woman show. Smith presents a sparkling mix of intelligent stand-up, storytelling, music and occasional outbursts of communal singing with a couple of more than interesting guests plus there is even a chance to question the woman herself. Not to be missed! Book here.

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

Acosta Danza
Fri 1 & Sat 2 November 2019
Evenings 7.30pm
International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta brings his critically acclaimed Cuban company to Edinburgh ahead of his exciting appointment as Artistic Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020. In this programme of new and existing works, Acosta himself makes a guest appearance in Christopher Bruce’s iconic Rooster. The Company also perform new works, Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Satori, by breakthrough Cuban choreographer Raúl Reinoso. Inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’après midi d’un faune, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui completes the bill with Faun, set to Debussy’s original score with additional music from Nitin Sawhney. Book here.

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.

Frank Skinner
Tue 12 November 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
An unmissable opportunity to see comic legend Frank Skinner perform brand new stand-up. Book here.

Scottish Opera – Tosca
Thu 14, Sun 17, Thu 21 & Sat 23 November 2019
Thu & Sat 7.15pm, Sun 3pm
Passion, glamour, love worth dying for – Anthony Besch’s Tosca has it all. In 1940s Rome, in the shadow of Mussolini’s tyrannical rule, the ill-fated lovers come to life against a backdrop of political corruption and intrigue. This superb production is beloved the world over – don’t miss it as it comes home to the Scottish Opera stage. 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.

January 2020

Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years In Concert
Fri 24 January 2020
Evening: 7.30pm
Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest tribute shows, Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years returns in 2019 with an all-new production. Book here.

February 2020

Tue 4 to Sun 9 February 2020
Tue – Thurs & Sat: 8pm; Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Matinees Sat 2.30pm & Sun 2pm
Nominated for 5 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, SIX, “the most uplifting piece of new British musical theatre” (The Evening Standard) is the phenomenon everyone is losing their head over! 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 75-minute celebration of 21st century sisterly sass-itude. Think you know the rhyme, think again…. Divorced. Beheaded. LIVE! Book here.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong
Tue 11 to Sun 16 February 2020
Evenings Tue to Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm Sun 2pm
The members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are back on stage, battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland? Book here.

Thu 20 to Sat 22 February 2020
Evenings 7.30pm
Wayne McGregor. Marion Motin. Hofesh Shechter. All great dance artists start somewhere… The British experimenter, discovering the extended lines, razor-sharp angles and musical sensibility that became trademarks. The hip-hop battler from France, with hundreds of millions of YouTube views for her videos for Christine and the Queens. The folk musician from Israel, handed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and grabbing it in unique style, blending the personal and political with heart-stopping intensity. Fans know them as great, distinctive choreographers. Rambert’s new show brings together their moments of breakthrough: Book here.

Dare To Do It – Dick & Angel
Sun 23 February 2020
Evening: 7.30pm
Dick & Angel, the stars of Escape to the Chateau, embark on their first ever theatre tour, with love in their hearts and a story to share about how they ended up in a beautiful castle, with a beautiful family, in a beautiful part of France. Book here.

Tango Fire
Mon 24 February 2020
Evening: 7.30pm
Starring internationally renowned Argentinean tango superstars German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, this is a fiery and explosive journey through the history of authentic Argentine Tango. Book here.

Scottish Opera – Nixon In China
Thu 27 & Sat 29 February 2020
Evenings 7.15pm
John Fulljames – Director of Opera at The Royal Danish Theatre – directs John Adams’ iconic work. Inspired by Nixon’s much-publicised visit to China in 1972, this ground-breaking piece explores the reality behind the hype. It is as much about the private moments as the public, about the wives as much as the husbands, and about what we choose to remember as much as what actually happened. Book here.

March 2020

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Tue 3 – Sat 7 March 2020
Evenings 7.30pm Matinees Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight. Book here.

Scottish Opera: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tue 31 March, Thu 2 & Sat 4 April 2020
Evenings: 7.15pm
Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, returns to Scottish Opera to bring his Shakespearean expertise to Britten’s beguiling work. Designer Tom Piper, famed for the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London will bring this tale to life. Fairies, magic, comedy and more – all come together in an otherworldly blend of imagination and reality. Book here.

April 2020

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

June 2020

Scottish Opera: The Gondoliers
Wed 10, Thurs 11, Sat 13 June 2020
Evenings 7.15pm, Matinee Sat 2.30pm
Sunny, funny and with more ‘tra la la las’ per square inch than any other opera in the canon. Director Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director at State Opera South Australia, teams up with designer Dick Bird (The Mikado 2016) to stage a production that is fast, furious and full of fun. Book here.

Scottish Opera: Utopia, Limited
Fri 12 June 2020
Evening 7.15pm
Gilbert & Sullivan’s penultimate opera was written immediately after The Gondoliers. Here, in a semi-staged performance with an updated libretto by director Stuart Maunder and revised musical version by Scottish Opera’s Head of Music Derek Clark, it is given its Scottish Opera premiere and the airing it so deserves. Satirising the conceit of the mighty British Empire, its politics, monarchy and press, Utopia, Limited is as incisive now as ever it was. Book here.