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King’s Theatre Edinburgh

Door open days

29 September 2019

Edinburgh

The King's Theatre was built in 1905 by Edinburgh builder, William Stewart Cruikshank. Andrew Carnegie laid the foundation stone and the Theatre was opened in 1906 with a performance of Cinderella. The King's Theatre became the headquarters of Howard & Wyndham before being sold to Edinburgh Council in 1966. The local authority managed the King's Theatre up until July 1998 when the operation merged with the Festival Theatre. Festival City Theatres Trust now manages both Theatres. The theatre has beautiful examples of Edwardian stained glass and its domed ceiling is the largest piece of public art work designed and painted by John Byrne.

ACTIVITIES AND GLOBAL CONNECTIONS

We will provide several building tours throughout the day that will highlight the history and heritage of our building and showcase the theatre’s connections with a host of global entertainers, including Anna Pavlova, Dame Margot Fontaine, Maria Callas, Juliette Binoche and Dame Maggie Smith. 10:30; 12:30; 14:30.

We will offer two intergenerational dance workshops where young people can join in with their grown ups to learn dances from across the globe – the vibrant Brazilian Samba, the timeless English Waltz through to jumpin’ jive from America and the dance of the spanish matador, the Paso Doble. 11:30, 13:30.

We will also run two workshops exploring the global origins of pantomime. Participants will be introduced to the archetypal characters and rhythms that are clearly recognisable when watching the dame, the prince and the villain, whilst creating a new finale song to stage. All ages and abilities will be welcome. 12:00, 14:00.

Advance booking essential for all activities via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--edinburgh/king's-theatre-edinburgh/?q=King%27s%20Theatre%20edinburgh&lc=1

Please note only people with tickets to these activities will be allowed into the theatres, so make sure to book your space!

 

Facilities

Key Information

Building Date: 1905

We will provide several building tours throughout the day that will highlight the history and heritage of our building and showcase the theatre’s connections with a host of global entertainers, including Anna Pavlova, Dame Margot Fontaine, Maria Callas, Juliette Binoche and Dame Maggie Smith. 10:30; 12:30; 14:30.

We will offer two intergenerational dance workshops where young people can join in with their grown ups to learn dances from across the globe – the vibrant Brazilian Samba, the timeless English Waltz through to jumpin’ jive from America and the dance of the spanish matador, the Paso Doble. 11:30, 13:30.

We will also run two workshops exploring the global origins of pantomime. Participants will be introduced to the archetypal characters and rhythms that are clearly recognisable when watching the dame, the prince and the villain, whilst creating a new finale song to stage. All ages and abilities will be welcome. 12:00, 14:00.

Advance booking essential for all activities via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--edinburgh/king's-theatre-edinburgh/?q=King%27s%20Theatre%20edinburgh&lc=1

Please note only people with tickets to these activities will be allowed into the theatres, so make sure to book your space!

Where to find us

Address
  • 2 Leven Street
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9LQ