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  • Looking onto the front of the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy
    Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy
  • The exterior of the Playhouse in Edinburgh
    The Playhouse in Edinburgh
  • Looking across the River Tummel to Pitlochry's Festival Theatre
    Festival Theatre in Pitlochry
  • Outside the Festival Theatre on Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, at dusk
    The Festival Theatre in Edinburgh
  • A group of performers on stage in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle
    A group of performers in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle

From large scale professional touring companies to local amateur dramatics, plays and musicals, there is a fantastic range of theatrical productions on offer across Scotland. Come and experience all the drama and be inspired by Scotland's creativity.

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, boasts a wide range of theatres. Home to the largest all-seated auditorium in the UK, the Playhouse hosts many big touring shows and one-night only events. The theatre has recently welcomed major shows including The Lion King and Evita, and its exciting programme for 2014 includes the West End phenomenon Wicked.

The Festival Theatre also offer a diverse programme, from plays and popular musical theatre to cutting-edge contemporary dance. It recently enjoyed a sell-out run of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse.

The King’s Theatre is a beautifully preserved variety venue built in 1906 with a great range of popular shows on offer, while the Traverse, Scotland’s ‘new writing theatre’, embraces innovation and nurtures new talent through a variety of events. Don’t miss one of the many writers’ workshops for a chance to get creative, or tune into their Writer’s Podcast to discover Scotland’s theatrical scene.

Glasgow boasts both the Pavilion Theatre and the Theatre Royal alongside one of the city’s most historic theatres, the King’s. Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera both regularly perform at the Theatre Royal, and in the summer the Botanic Gardens become a Shakespearean stage at the annual Bard in the Botanics festival.

Outwith the major cities, there is plenty to keep you entertained, with comedy and tragedy to musical theatre. The Eastgate Arts Centre in Peebles opened its doors in 2004 and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, set amid the stunning Perthshire landscapes, has been keeping audiences entertained for more than six decades.

Eden Court, in Scotland’s Highland capital, Inverness, boasts a thriving arts and culture scene and is the place to watch all the drama play out. Originally opened in 1976, the theatre underwent a full refurbishment in 2007 and is now one of Scotland’s finest art centres, offering range of performances from opera to popular music and drama.

Come and make the most of Scotland's creativity and experience our excellent arts and culture scene for yourself.

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