The Festival Theatre has been described by the New York Times as the finest theatre in Europe.
It is the capital's arena for Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet and is at the heart of the Edinburgh International Festival. The Theatre programmes a contemporary dance season, alongside large-scale musicals, international ballet companies and a variety of one night musical and comedy events.. The auditorium has a capacity of 1915 seats with a dramatic mix of art nouveau, beaux arts and neo-classical styles. The theatre is managed by Festival City Theatres Trust, a registered charity and Scotlands largest independent theatre management.