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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Cancelled and Rescheduled shows

The Festival Theatre has cancelled or rescheduled all performances until May 2021. Tickets for cancelled events are being refunded. Tickets for rescheduled events will automatically be valid for the new dates.

Further details are available on the Capital Theatre’s website: www.capitaltheatres.com

March 2021

Wuthering Heights
Mon 1 – Sat 6 Mar 2021. Not currently rescheduled.
The Addams Family
Tue 9 – Sat 13 Mar 2021. Not currently rescheduled.
Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby
Thurs 18 – Sat 20 March 2021. Not currently rescheduled.
Fascinating Aïda
Sun 21 March 2021. Rescheduled to 23 July 2021.
Swan Lake
Thurs 8 – Sat 10 April 2021. Tour Cancelled.
Janey Godleys Soup Pot Tour
Sunday 11 April 2021. Rescheduled to 19 Nov 2021.
Still Gaun!
Wednesday 14 April 2021 Production cancelled.
Remembering The Oscars
Thursday 15 April 2021. Rescheduled to 27 March 2022.
Oti Mabuse – I Am Here
Sunday 18 April 2021. Rescheduled to 8 May 2022.
Sister Act
Tue 20 Apr – Sat 1 May 2021. Rescheduled to March 2022.
Round the Horne
Thursday 22 April 2021. Rescheduled to 29 Jan 2022.
The Rocky Horror Show
Mon 26 Apr – Sat 1 May 2021. Not currently rescheduled.

May 2021

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker
Tue 4 – Sat 8 May 2021. Production currently being rescheduled.
Burn the Floor
Sunday 9 May 2021. Rescheduled to 15 July 2021

Still Booking

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.

Trixie Mattel
Monday 31 May 2021
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 2021

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny
Tuesday 1 June 2021
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.

An Evening of Eric and Ern
Wed 2 June 2021
Evening: 7.30pm
Olivier Award nominated duo Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens create an homage to Morecambe and Wise crammed full of those famous comedy sketches, from Grieg’s Piano concerto, Mr Memory…’Arsenal’, to the paper bag trick. Book here.

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.

In Conversation with the Sopranos
Monday 14 June 2021
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. With  Steven Schirripa (Bobby ‘Bacala’), Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti), and Vincent Pastore (‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero). Book here.

Anton and Giovanni – Him & Me
Friday 25 June 2021
Evening: 7.30
Strictly Come Dancing
professionals Anton Do Beke and Giovanni Pernice join forces. The Ballroom King and the two-time Guinness World Record holder will be joined by a world class cast of dancers and singers. Book here.

Burn the Floor
Thursday 15 July 2021
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.

July 2021

Oti Mabuse – I Am Here
Sunday 11 July 2021. Rescheduled to 8 May 2022.

Fascinating Aïda
Fri 23 July 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
With a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place. The songs are hilarious and topical – the glamour is unstoppable. Book here.

September 2021

Paul Smith: Changed
Sat 4 September 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.

AJ & Curtis’ Big Night Out
Sat 18 Sept 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard and his brother, Love Island and Greatest Dancer favourite Curtis with a live entertainment spectacular featuring explosive choreography and dance routines, roof-raising live musical performances with special guest singers, live interactive games and comedy with exciting prizes to be won. Book here.

Tue 28 Sept – Sat 2 Oct 2021
Evenings: 7.30, Thurs, Sat mats: 2.30pm.
The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more? Book here.

October 2021

The Osmonds – A New Musical
Tue 5 – Sat 9 October 2021
Evenings: 7.30pm;
Matines Wed, Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
See news: Osmonds for Edinburgh.
Jukebox musical telling the official story by Jay Osmond about the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on with their younger siblings to create smash hits decade after decade.  Book here.

Anything Goes
Tue 12 – Sun 17 Oct 2021
Evenings: 7.30;
Matinees: Thurs, Sat, Sun: 2.30pm.

This major new production of Cole Porter and P. G. Wodehouse’s classic golden age musical comes to Edinburgh, direct from London’s Barbican Theatre. It’s Bon Voyage on the S.S America but it’s not all smooth sailing as they head to sea; etiquette is cast-off through the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to find true love. Book here.

The Scandal at Mayerling
Thurs 21 – Sat 23 Oct 2021
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.

Janey Godleys Soup Pot Tour
Friday 19 November 2021
Evening: 7.30pm
Grab the soup pot and get ready for the Queen of Scottish Comedy with live voice over’s and stand up like you’ve never seen before. Check out some hilarious patter from Big Tereeza in Torremolinos, Boris and his bawjaws and see Nicola up on the big screen with all the latest patter. Now, where’s my clicky pen… Book here.

Lost in Music
Sat 20 Nov 2021
Evening: 7.30pm.
Recreate the Magical 70’s on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco with some of the greatest songs of all time. This show boasts a sensational live band, incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals, so dress to impress. Book here.

December 2021

The Nutcracker
Weds 1 – Fri 31 Dec 2021
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 2022

Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years
Fri 14 Jan 2022
Evening: 7.30.
Critically-acclaimed as one of the greatest tribute shows in the world, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards – collectively known as Bookends – recreate the unmistakable sound of Simon & Garfunkel. Their show features all the iconic songs, including The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and the smash hit Bridge Over Troubled Water. Book here.

Ross Noble: Humournoid
Saturday 15 January 2022
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.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Wed 19 – Sun 23 January 2022
Eves Wed – Sat: 7.30pm; Mats Thur, Sat: 2.30pm; Sun: 1pm & 5pm.
Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie makes its world premiere as an exciting new musical with the original Sherman Brothers’ songs, new music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and abook by Brian Hill. Directed by Glasgow’s own Vox Motus: Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison. Book here.

Round the Horne
Saturday 29 Jan 2022
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.

February 2022

Paul Carrack: GOOD and READY tour
Sunday 6 Feb 2022
Evening: 7.30pm.
Paul Carrack, one of the most revered voices in music and a figurehead of soulful pop for decades, will return to the delight his legions of admirers, performing 24 dates across the UK on the GOOD and READY tour 2022. Book here.

March 2022

Remembering The Oscars
Sunday 27 March 2022
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.

April 2022

Singin’ in the Rain
Tue 26 – Sat 30 April 2022
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.

May 2022

Oti Mabuse – I Am Here
Sunday 8 May 2022
Evening: 7.30pm.
A a whirlwind celebration of the influences and inspirations that took Oti on a journey from growing up in South Africa to following her dream. From mesmerising Jives and pumping Sambas to South Africa’s exhilarating Kwaito, this is an explosive night of dance and music that will set your heart racing. Book here

July 2022

Sarah Millican: Bobby Dazzler
Sat 2/Sun 3 July 2022
Evenings: 8pm.
Sarah is back on tour with a new stand-up show. In this, her sixth international tour, you’ll learn about what happens when your mouth seals shut, how to throw poo over a wall, trying to lose weight but only losing the tip of your finger, a surprisingly funny smear test, and how truly awful a floatation tank can actually be.Barbican Theatre.