Home to Edinburgh’s Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera, Festival Theatre is an exciting hub that pays homage to the arts. Since 1994, this sell-out space has been praised as one of Scotland’s most prestigious venues, along with being the largest performance area in Scotland. From a riveting dance season and big name musicals, to opera, festivals, and film screenings, this 2,500 square foot venue, which has 1,915 seats and a marvelous, glass-adorned foyer, is bursting to the brim with creativity, poise and innovation. Festival Theatre also takes to the Fringe like a ballerina to Swan Lake.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 529 6000
Noble and majestic, the King’s Theatre has been around since 1906, when it was designed as a variety theatre. Today, a myriad of world-class seasonal acts pour out of this performance space, from West End shows and gritty touring dramas to the Edinburgh International Festival and, of course, the annual (and mandatory) dazzling panto. Undeniably one of Scotland’s tried and trusted theatres, it’s no surprise that greats like Sir Sean Connery, Maria Callas and Sir Ian McKellen have set foot on this star-studded stage.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 529 6000
Situated just a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh’s city centre in Musselburgh, The Brunton Theatre proudly boasts two auditoriums, an accompanying bistro and a café bar area. A known hangout for families, The Brunton showcases year-round performances of music, theatre, dance, comedy, children’s shows and film. The annual panto never fails to leave theatregoers in stitches of laughter, just as the Hogmanay programme of festivities should not be missed.
The Brunton Theatre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh, Scotland, +44 131 665 2240