Theatre in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Theatre for Adults

For many theatre aficionados, the top event in the Scottish capital is the venerable Edinburgh International Festival. One of the world's foremost arts festivals, the EIF features dazzling large-scale productions from some of the theatre world's biggest names, with many plays debuting here before going on to tour internationally. This year, be sure not to miss The James Plays, acclaimed playwright Rona Munro's ambitious new trilogy about Scotland's Stewart kings performed by the National Theatre of Scotland – choose one or watch all three. Two of the main venues for the Edinburgh International Festival are also excellent destinations for Edinburgh theatre year-round – the Festival Theatre onNicolson Street hosts an ever-changing assortment of musicals, ballet, opera and other live performances, while the Royal Lyceum Theatre on Grindlay Street (just a short walk from our Premier Inn Edinburgh City (Haymarket) Hotel) stages an exciting season of plays featuring both their own and touring theatre companies, in both new productions and classic revivals. Meanwhile, the Edinburgh Playhouse is the capital's prime destination for big-name touring musicals and other live acts. For quirky, thought-provoking theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, check out creative venues such as the Underbelly and Summerhall, both of which offer a selection of theatre in unique venues. Shows such as CHEF at the Underbelly (the story of a head chef who ends up running a prison kitchen after being incarcerated) and Show 6 at Summerhall (a thriller by the award-winning writer Mark Ravenhill created for the Lyric Hammersmith's Secret Theatre Company) are already generating buzz.

Theatre for teens and young adults in Edinburgh

One of the best venues for innovative new theatre in Edinburgh, both during the festivals and the rest of the year, is the Traverse Theatre in the city's West End. Renowned for fostering up-and-coming talent and presenting works with a finger soundly on the political pulse, the Traverse consistently produces some of the best theatre in the Fringe Festival, not to mention a year-round programme of thought-provoking productions – including some by young writers produced as part of the Traverse's Class Act programme and Young Writers' Group.

Children's theatre in Edinburgh

The lively Edinburgh Festival Fringe is undoubtedly the place to be for world-class children's theatre guaranteed to spark young imaginations. Longstanding festival venue The Pleasance is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with an outstanding line-up of shows for kids, including everything from dinosaurs to zombies and Dr Seuss. There's also a kids' activity zone and child-friendly café to keep your little ones occupied while you enjoy a few moments of peace. Assembly is also offering a great selection of children's shows in its Fringe line-up this year, boasting everything from Vikings and puppets to Shakespeare for kids. To add to the fun-factor, many of the shows take place in atmospheric Spiegeltents set up in George Square Gardens, where you can also find refreshments and pleasant green space to relax. The King's Theatre, a much-loved Edinburgh institution and Edinburgh International Festival venue, is a good place for children's theatre all year long. In addition to excellent touring productions for adults, it usually offers a number of kids' shows, and is home to a yearly Christmas pantomime that is a highlight of the Edinburgh festive season for many. The theatre is less than a 10-minute walk from Premier Inn's Edinburgh Central (Lauriston Place) Hotel – perfect for families visiting with young children who don't want to spend too much time trekking across town.