As part of Doors Open Days 2019, Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment, we are delighted to be welcoming audiences in to explore the Festival and King’s Theatres on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September.
This year’s theme for Doors Open Days is ‘Global Connections’ so expect a whole world of fun activities at our theatres.
Please note only people with tickets to these activities will be allowed into the theatres, so make sure to book your space.
Doors Open Day at the Festival Theatre, Saturday 28 Sept
The Festival Theatre sits on Edinburgh’s longest continuous theatre site. The 19 Nicolson Street locale has been a theatre site since 1830. It has seen three major remodellings during its rich and varied history, with the current glass-fronted building opening in June 1994, which opens onto a fully restored auditorium and a dramatic mix of art nouveau, beaux arts and neo-classicism.
Activities will include:
- intergenerational dance workshops where young people can join in with their grown ups to learn dances from across the globe
- musical storytelling workshops where participants will engage with storytelling and song in multiple languages. Working together with professional performance artists they will create original lyrics to a new composition and explore different styles of staging.
- 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, from Laurel and Hardy and Fats Domino to T Rex and David Bowie.
Please book here for the Festival Theatre activities – Saturday 28 September
Doors Open Day at the King’s Theatre, Sunday 29 Sept
The King’s Theatre opened on 8th December 1906 and is one of Scotland’s oldest theatres. It is also the only surviving operational Edwardian theatre by the architects Swanston and Davidson. The Grade A listed building has been described by the Theatres Trust as ‘a space of operatic magnificence, a glorious extravaganza of lush Viennese Baroque’ with beautiful examples of Edwardian stained glass. Its domed auditorium ceiling is the largest piece of public artwork designed and painted by the artist John Byrne.
Activities will include:
- two intergenerational dance workshops where young people can join in with their grown ups to learn dances from across the globe
- workshops exploring the global origins of pantomime. Participants will be introduced to the archetypal characters and invited to create a new finale song to stage.
- 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, Noel Coward, Sean Connery, Maria Callas and Juliette Binoche.
Please book here for the Festival Theatre activities – Sunday 29 September