St Stephen’s Returns

Oct 14 2014 | By More

Landmark venue in market for fringe tenant

The St Stephen’s Centre in Stockbridge has reopened and is actively looking for a tenant to run the building during the 2015 fringe.

St Stephens

St Stephens

The St Stephen’s Centre was put up for sale by its owners the Church of Scotland in 2013. Although it had a full programme that year when it was run by Northern Stage, it was dark during the fringe this year.

The Playfair-designed building was bought in June this year by Leslie Benzies, president of Rockstar North, the company behind the internationally successful computer game Grand Theft Auto.

The building is now being used as a community resource again. The Tuesday Yoga class is up and running. The reopening did not come in time for the International Playgroup, which used to run in the lower floor of the building. It had already given away its toys and relocated to the The LifeCare Centre (upstairs), Cheyne Street.

All Edinburgh Theatre has today, Tuesday 14 October 2014, learned from the centre manager that the St Stephen’s Centre is now looking for a tenant to run the building during the fringe 2015.

Update Wednesday 15 October 2014:

The St Stephen’s Centre is being managed by David Nicholson on behalf of the Benzies Foundation. He was the centre manager under the previous owner and, until a dedicated trust for the centre has been set up,  he will be continuing to run it along the community lines which previously existed.

Any theatre company or organisation wishing to hire the Centre for the fringe 2015 should contact David on 0131 556 2661 or email:

Historical St Stephen’s news on Æ: click here.


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