Festival Theatre Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre

13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT, United Kingdom | 0131 529 6000 | Website

Venue Description

If you like a little added sparkle with your live entertainment then the prestigious Festival Theatre is the place for you. Built in 1994, the impressive glass facade imposes a sense of occasion as you enter the sleek and contemporary foyer spaces. Enjoy a drink in our spacious bars and take in the inspiring views across to Arthur's Seat - but don't let the modern entrance fool you - the traditional 1915-seat auditorium, with its sumptuous decor and lavish fittings, has all the grandeur and splendour you need for a truly special theatrical experience.

Accessible Performances

Many productions are audio described for visually impaired theatregoers via headsets, which can be collected from the cloakroom. Staff will be on hand to offer advice on how to operate the headsets. We broadcast a simultaneous commentary describing the action, the sets and set changes, the costumes and the characters. We recommend that patrons be seated 15 minutes before the performance begins in order to hear the introduction to the performance. The introduction notes include a synopsis of the plot and an aural equivalent to the printed performance programme, with background information and details of the cast and production team.
Prior to the audio described performance there will be a Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props. The Touch Tour will usually commence 60 minutes before the performance begins. Those wishing to attend the Touch Tour should reserve a place when booking tickets for the performance (please note that spaces are limited). The Touch Tour will start from the Box Office foyer of the King's Theatre, where the Audio Description Supervisor will take you on your tour. Touch Tour schedules are subject to technical and cast requirements and stage availability.
BSL performances allow our hearing impaired patrons to enjoy their visit to the theatres, with many productions being interpreted. Look out for the BSL symbol on show information pages. Our experienced signers normally stand on the right hand side of the stage, so viewing is best from middle left stalls. Our staff are all fully trained in disability awareness and customer care and will be on hand to help and assist if required. Please mention that you would like to use the BSL interpretation service when booking your tickets so the Box Office staff can ensure that you are seated in the best possible area.
Captioning is a way of converting the spoken word into visible text that provides people with a hearing loss access to live performance. Captions are shown on a raised display unit near the stage and are delivered live by a trained captioner. As the captions roll, audience members can follow what is being said, when it is being said and by whom. Sound effects and off-stage noises are also included.
Please check individual show pages of website for details of which shows will be described, interpreted or captioned, or ask our box office staff when booking.


The Festival and King's Theatres aim to be accessible to all and we are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Accessibility Guide

Accessibility Guide Link: http://www.edtheatres.com/festival-access


There are unisex accessible toilets on levels one and two of the theatre – all have emergency call buttons.


All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. If you need any further information, wish to make any comments or suggestions, or would like to let us know how we can help you in any way, please feel free to contact our Duty Manager on 0131 662 1112.

COVID Precautions

Information about COVID precautions has not been added for this venue.

The venue says it has...

  • Audio Described
  • Accessible Format
  • Audio Format
  • Braille
  • Sign Language
  • Carer Discount
  • Dedicated Seating
  • Disabled Access
  • Easy Read
  • IR Induction Loop
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print
  • Disabled Parking

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