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“War Horse in Edinburgh” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre
13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9FT, Scotland
0131 529 6000
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Ranked #19 of 156 Attractions in Edinburgh
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Owner 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 insipring 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.Designed as Scotland's premier dance and opera house in 1994, the stage is the largest in Scotland, providing the perfect platform for world-class contemporary dance and ballet, and excellent acoustics make it a number one venue for opera, musicals and concerts. The Festival Theatre continues to provide the best programme of dance and opera in the country, as well as a variety of world-class productions across all artforms. Home to the International Festival in the summer, and Christmas shows in winter, you'll find unmissable entertainment here all year round.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“War Horse in Edinburgh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The Festival Theatre is a wonderful venue for theatre and ballet. I took my daughter to see War Horse earlier this year and it was spectacular - so moving but minimal (National Theatre Company). The venue itself is easy to get to, parking can be found not far away of an evening and the auditorium is very comfortable. We had seats close to the front of the stalls and felt like we could have been part of the production (in the best possible way). Plenty of interval choices too. A great place to see a show!

Visited January 2014
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“Good Theatre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I saw Mathew Bourne's Swan Lake in the Festival theatre with a friend. We sat near the back of the front stalls and the view was good from there with reasonable leg room. However the centre row is very long, so be prepared for quite a lot of disription if you sit at either end of it as others find their seats. Nice selection of icecream flavours at the interval. Accoustics are good. There is a restaurant on the ground floor and at least one bar area but haven't tried them.

Visited April 2014
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“Lovely theatre and good views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Have seen theatre, opera, and one man shows there. Acoustics good . Good acoustics, good views from the seats. My only issue is the darts are not that comfortable and I find I end up shifting around in my seat a lot no matter how compelling the performance.

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“Brilliant venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Seen lots of different shows here and I always enjoy the festival theatre. modernised building with an old theatre feel.

Visited March 2014
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“A good evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Slightly out of the centre of town (Walking Distance) has a good variety of shows & entertainment. Central booking with the Kings Theatre. The Restaurant is open for Graet value lunches.

Visited February 2014
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