Edinburgh offers a fantastic array of theatre productions in a collection of long-standing theatres full of character. With brilliant productions from world-class international companies, the spectacular Scottish Opera as well as the National Theatre group and of course some cutting-edge, dynamic amateur performances.
Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Waterfront is proud of our city and the enjoyable evenings to be had in any one of the special venues. We are confident you will be delighted with your next theatre or concert when visiting Edinburgh but for a quick insight into the venues themselves, please have a look at our guide.
The Usher Hall is located is the west end of the city, a few minutes from Princes Street. With the castle looming in the background, the pretty exterior impresses on an equal level. The Usher Hall is a beautifully designed building that has seen a number of improvements to its facilities since initial construction in 1914.
Now a 2, 900 capacity venue, it performs the role of a perfectly sized spot to enjoy a variety of performances. Large enough to offer superior views regardless of seating arrangements but with a great sense of intimacy and importantly, outstanding acoustic qualities. The interior of the hall is as beautiful as the exterior. A gaze up to the incredible domed roof is encouraged as are glances mid performance to the gorgeous, sculptured curved walls of Edinburgh native Harry Gamley.
A host of past greats have graced the Usher Hall including Johnny Cash, Ella Fitzgerald, Kiri Te Kanawa and Billy Connolly. Today, you are highly recommended to take in the series of International Classics featuring; The Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra.
For pre or post theatre entertainment the Usher Hall has a variety of lovely restaurants or bars to ensure a memorable evening in Edinburgh.
A trip to the Festival in Edinburgh's Old Town is exactly what a night at the theatre should be.
The striking, modern glass frontage gives way to a grand, traditional venue still festooned with old timely character. Being the home to the Scottish Ballet and the Scottish Opera, the 1,900 seat Festival Theatre also exhibits the best dance and drama productions in the country.
Many West End London shows are able to be seen in the atmosphere, comfortable and inspiring theatre that adds all the sparkle to any live event. A programme of outstanding entertainment is available at the Festival Theatre throughout the year including many productions for the Edinburgh International Festival.
The grandeur and elegance of Festival Theatre is yet another perfect place to spend an evening.
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Bringing a true taste of the famous West End, Edinburgh Playhouse is the most admired venue for the best, glitzy musicals in the city. With plenty of seats ensuring the atmosphere is crackling with energy, shows at the Playhouse are always unforgettable.
The Playhouse takes pride in attracting the best musicals, live performers and operatic masterpieces and for the audience, the old fashioned, nostalgic charisma hasn't been lost over the years. Of course being one of the older venues in the country, leg room you may find is on the cosy side however the views, history and sheer diversity of shows to take in at the Edinburgh Playhouse make up for any comfort deficiencies it may have.
Stars such as Jools Holland and Dara O'Briain, huge acts from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Metallica as well as musicals like We Will Rock You and the acclaimed Lion King have chosen to play the Playhouse for the uniqueness and prestige it holds.
A venue, for young and old, friends and family – The Edinburgh Playhouse never fails to entertain.
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The King's Theatre in Edinburgh is a majestic, art-deco styled, old world theatre that would stand amongst the top London West End venues. Marble floors, secluded areas to enjoy a glass or two, red velvet and glamorous, golden period details coat the King's in charm and elegance.
Over one hundred years old, the King's Theatre is an establishment that has seen some of the biggest icons of stage and screen delight audiences. Sir Laurence Oliver, Sir Patrick Stewart, Penelope Keith, Sir Ian Mckellan in case you thought we were making it up; such an institution that Edinburgh's own Sir Sean Connery was a stage hand during the early days of his acting career.
To this day, The King's Theatre remains one of Edinburgh's most loved venues, a truly delightful setting to celebrate the best of live amateur and extravagant entertainment.
The Lyceum Theatre is a brilliant and intriguing contrast of a contemporary outlook and Victorian tradition. Regardless of the performances (which are usually magnificent), the Lyceum will captivate you from the moment you set eyes on it.
The sophisticated glass façade leading into the immaculate, beautifully detailed foyer and of course the theatre space itself, complete with a dazzling chandelier make for a wonderfully, intimate evening to fall in love with. Conveniently located in the city centre the historic setting is lavished with quality and enchanting sights. Sightlines to the stage are uninterrupted too, thanks to the appealing seat and balcony arrangements.
Don't think that you'll have to sacrifice comfort for that Victorian theatre experience; The Lyceum Theatre has received a wonderful modern day refurbishment to improve the seating, sounds and effects. It's the equivalent of an old e-type jag with an ultra-modern formula 1 engine, the best combination of eras.
For refreshments, the theatre has a choice of three well stocked bars to suit all tastes, again benefiting from the amazing interior touches, it's worth stopping by for a drink even without taking in a show. However with varied, energetic programme of modern and classic plays that live up to the supreme venue its highly recommended to visit.