Festival Theatre Listings

Spring Season 2017 at the Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT. Phone booking: 0131 529 6000
Website: www.edtheatres.com

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Tuesday 17 January 2017
An evening celebrating the best of youth dance. Talented performers from across Scotland present contemporary and classical work in an evening of diverse performances.

Rabbie: A Burns Night Spectacular
Tue 24 & Wed 25 January 2017
This dynamic, electric, and heart-stopping piece of multimedia theatre celebrates the life and work of Robert Burns.

Through The Years: A Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel
Friday 27 January 2017
Incredible live performances are bound together with delightfully-produced audio visual footage of the original artistes in an all-new production that is both moving and powerful

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
Tue 28 February to Sat 4 March 2017
Forget feel good, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is feel great! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story.

Cirque Berserk
Tue 7 to Sun 12 February 2017
Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk! brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular – created especially for the theatre.

Tue 14 to Sat 18 February 2017
This exhilarating landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – Time
Mon 20 to Sat 25 February 2017
The award-winning National Theatre production returns to Edinburgh following a critically acclaimed run in 2015.

Scottish Opera: Pelléas and Mélisande
Tue 7, Thu 9 & Sat 11 March 2017
World-renowned director Sir David McVicar returns to Scottish Opera. Joined by the design team behind War Horse, Rae Smith andPaule Constable, he directs Debussy’s extraordinary opera for the first time.

Danza Contemporanea De Cuba
Tue 14 & Wed 15 March 2017
Cuba’s flagship contemporary dance troupe with a hybrid, hothouse style that is a pungent blend of Afro Caribbean rhythms, jazzy American modernism and inflections from European ballet.

Sean Lock
Thursday 16 March 2017
Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show.

Stewart Lee – Content Provider
Friday 17 March 2017
Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

Northern Ballet: Casanova
Thu 23 to Sat 25 March 2017
Throw caution to the wind. Be led into temptation. Unmask Casanova with Northern Ballet. Consumed by his desires, Casanova lived every minute in a whirlwind of scandal and excess. But there’s more to the man. This original ballet will expose a story so sensational you won’t believe it’s real.

Brendan Cole – All Night Long
Sun 26 March 2017
Following his sell out tours of the UK Brendan returns to Edinburgh with his brand new 2017 show All Night Long.

Fri 31 March & Sat 1 April 2017
The Studio at Festival Theatre

Heroine is based on the true story of Danna Davis, and her 10 years in the US Army.

Chess the Musical
Thu 30 March to Sat 1 April
Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, two Soviet and American chess grandmasters engage in strategic battle, fighting for their beliefs, personal glory, and the love of the same woman.

Scottish Opera: Bluebeard’s Castle and The 8th Door
Wed 5 & Sat 8 April 2017
Bartók’s beautiful, mysterious opera is staged in collaboration with visionary Scottish theatre company Vanishing Point, and directed by its founder Matthew Lenton.

Dinosaur World
Mon 10 & Tue 11 April 2017
Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new show for all the family. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few!

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Thu 13 April 2017
The supremely talented, unique and charismatic Scottish singer is back at the Festival Theatre, performing songs from her triumphant new double album that collects thirty of her most consistently beautiful, often deeply personal and intimate songs.

Dance Theatre
Saturday 15 April 2017
Phoenix Dance Theatre return to Edinburgh with their latest programme of thrilling and dynamic contemporary dance.

The Addams Family – The Musical Comedy
Thu 20 to Sat 29 April 2017
Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has a shocking secret: she’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. When the two families meet for dinner, will Gomez keep his daughter’s secret from his cherished Morticia, or will there be hilarious consequences? Join them, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship… with a twist!

Tuesday 2 May 2017
Jasmin Vardimon Company presents a brand new adaptation of the classic tale Pinocchio.

Breakin’ Convention
Fri 5 & Sat 6 May 2017
Breakin’ Convention, the world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre showcasing the very best from around the world and around the corner, is coming back to Edinburgh!

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes
Tue 9 to Sat 13 May 2017
A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

Jane Eyre
Mon 15 to Sat 20 May 2017
Following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre, Jane Eyre comes to Edinburgh.

Remembering Fred
Sun 21 May 2017.
Starring Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, Remembering Fred is an exciting new show featuring song and dance and celebrating the legacy of one of Hollywood’s true screen legends and entertainers, Fred Astaire.

Out of this World
Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 May 2017
Out Of This World is a genre defying action packed thriller from Mark Murphy.

Scottish Opera: La Boheme
Wed 31 May, Sun 4, Tue 6, Thu 8 & Sat 10 June 2017
The team behind 2014’s hit Don Pasquale returns with a new production of Puccini’s classic, La bohème. Director Renaud Doucet and designer André Barbe set the romance amidst the jumble of Paris’s famous flea markets. Inspired by the Jazz Age of Josephine Baker, this production will be full of their trademark colour, character and style.

Tue 13 & Wed 14 June 2017.
Deeply rooted in Argentinean culture, tango has fascinated and captivated the world with its sexuality, power and beauty.


Miss Saigon
Wed 17 January to Sat 17 February 2018.
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical – a recent smash hit in the West End – is embarking on a major UK Tour.

War Horse
Wed 18 April to Sat 12 May 2018.
Following 8 record breaking years in London’s West End, having played to audiences in 10 countries around the world and a sell-out 2014 run in Edinburgh, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns to Edinburgh in 2018.