King's Theatre

King's Theatre
2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ
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King's Theatre

Generations of Edinburgh residents have fond memories of being taken to the lavish annual pantomime that still packs the audiences in, just as it did in the celebrated days of Stanley Baxter, Rikki Fulton and Jimmy Logan. Today, the 1350-seat venue in Tollcross is run by the Festival City Theatres Trust, which is also responsible for the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. It is an important venue for the Edinburgh International Festival's drama programme and a year-round receiving house for good quality touring theatre productions, many of them – such as Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan – en route to the West End. Built in 1906 by theatre entrepreneur Robert C Buchanan as a rival to the Royal Lyceum and later taken into the Howard and Wyndham chain, it is a traditional theatre, rich in baroque period details, and rather more comfortable than the days when somehow another 1100 people managed to squeeze into the stalls, grand circle and upper circle.

The King's Theatre on Leven Street was built in 1905 and opened in 1906. It houses visits by major touring drama productions as well as being home to Edinburgh's annual pantomime.

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An Untitled Love

Acclaimed choreographer Kyle Abraham's newest full-length work tells stories of love, solidarity and friendship against a rich score of R&B and soul music by D'Angelo. Sensual, sophisticated, breathtakingly visual, Kyle Abraham creates some of the most beguiling dance in America today. An * Untitled Love*, his newest…

Sat 20 Aug

£16 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 21 Aug

£16 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Backstage Tour: King's Theatre

Did you know that the King's Theatre opened in 1905 with the pantomime, Cinderella? Or that it has a stream running right underneath? Want to stand on stage and feel like a star? This backstage tour is a great chance to go behind the scenes; see the workings of the theatre and walk down memory lane as we chat through the…

Sat 16 Jul

£15 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 23 Jul

£15 / 0131 529 6000

Burn

Alan Cumming returns to the International Festival with a performance exploring the true character of Scotland's national bard Robert Burns. This world premiere dance-theatre show challenges the ‘biscuit tin’ image of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard, and goes beyond the poetry to focus on the man himself – his…

Thu 4 Aug

£31 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 5 Aug

£31 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 6 Aug

£31 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 10 Aug

The Magic Mountain

Radical theatremakers Stef Aerts and Marie Vinck transform Thomas Mann's magnum opus into an epic work that speaks to us today. Written in a time of immense uncertainty, impending global catastrophe and intergenerational fracture, The * Magic Mountain *is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of…

Fri 26 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 27 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 28 Aug

£21 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Members Event: Backstage Tour of ROOM

An exclusive event for members of the Edinburgh International Festival. Go behind the scenes of James Thierrée’s latest creation with our Head of Production, Neil Mickel. Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the sets and staging of James Thierrée’s ROOM. ROOM blends live music, dance, mime and curiosities…

Wed 17 Aug

£8 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

ROOM

Swiss artist James Thierrée returns to the International Festival with an unmissable spectacle from his physical theatre company. Following his sell-out 2016 show The Toad Knew, James Thierrée returns to the International Festival with ROOM, a spectacular new show that blends live music, dance, mime and curiosities into a…

Sat 13 Aug

£17 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 14 Aug

£17 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mon 15 Aug

£17 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 17 Aug