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Edinburgh Theatres: Arts Buildings

Theatre + Lyric Theatre + Opera House : Edinburgh, Scotland

post updated 7 January 2022

Edinburgh Theatre – Key Buildings

Edinburgh Playhouse
Festival Theatre
Gateway Theatre
King’s Theatre
North Edinburgh Arts
Royal Lyceum Theatre
Traverse Theatre

Edinburgh Playhouse
Location: Playhouse Theatre, Leith St / Greenside Place, central Edinburgh
Edinburgh Playhouse
photograph © Adrian Welch
Edinburgh Playhouse
This is a former cinema in central Edinburgh which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, (Stalls: 1,519, Balcony: 860 and Circle: 680) making it the UK’s largest working non-sporting theatre in terms of audience capacity.

Festival Theatre
Location: 13-29 Nicolson St
Festival Theatre Edinburgh
photograph © Adrian Welch
Festival Theatre
Now one of the World’s leading auditoria for opera, ballet, music and theatre, the interface between new glassy atrium of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre and decorative and richly-coloured auditorium is marked.

Leith Theatre
Proposal
Leith Theatre
picture from the architect
Leith Theatre

Kings Theatre
Address: Leven Street, Viewforth
Kings Theatre Edinburgh
photograph © Adrian Welch
King’s Theatre

North Edinburgh Arts
Address: Muirhouse Arts Centre, Pennywell Place, Muirhouse
North Edinburgh Arts
North Edinburgh Arts: image by Zoo Architects

North Edinburgh Arts

Royal Lyceum Theatre
Address: 30B Grindlay Street, central Edinburgh
Royal Lyceum Theatre
This theatre is best known as the home of one of Scotland’s premier theatre companies.

Traverse Theatre
Address: Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street
Traverse Theatre
picture © Adrian Welch
Traverse Theatre
The Basement ceiling lets it all hang out, service ducts fully exposed. The palette is fairly dark with an accent on dark green. The theatre and bar sit in the basement of the postmodern Saltire Court, dressed with Old Red Sandstone.

Missoni Hotel Edinburgh

Harvey Nichols

Now closed:
Gateway Theatre
Location: Leith Walk (top of)
Gateway Theatre Leith
image © Adrian Welch
Gateway Theatre
The theatre building was situated at no 41 Elm Row, a section of Leith Walk in Edinburgh. The site was a veterinary college in 1890, and reconstructed as Pringle’s Picture Palace in about 1910.

More Scottish Arts Buildings:

Glasgow Theatre – Merchant City
Tron Theatre

Fife Theatre – in St Andrews
Byre Theatre

Scottish Borders Theatre
Dumfries Theatre

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