Capital Theatres’ new season thrills with stars of stage and screen, including Carrie Hope Fletcher, Taskmaster’s Alex Horne and musical theatre spectacular A Chorus Line  

Our latest season brings stars of stage and screen, groundbreaking physical theatre and exceptional work for families to the Festival Theatre and Studio in Edinburgh, including Carrie Hope Fletcher, Alex Horne, A Chorus Line and Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell. 

Carrie Hope Fletcher - Love Letters

The Festival Theatre features a star-studded line-up with exclusive new productions from household names. Following the huge success of her sold-out appearance in 2023, Carrie Hope Fletcher returns with Love Letters (15 October) – a personal exploration of all forms of love showcased through a selection of stunning musical theatre classics. Alex Horne, creator and co-host of Channel 4’s Taskmaster, appears alongside five outstanding musicians in his comedy band The Horne Section for their Hit Show (4 November) including songs, enthusiastic dancing and lots of laughs. The real Carrie Bradshaw arrives in Edinburgh with the very first UK tour of Candace Bushnell’s acclaimed one-woman show True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City (10 February).  

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The Horne Section's Hit Show

The Festival Theatre also continues to host the very best in contemporary dance, musicals and theatre. A musical masterpiece that revolutionised Broadway, A Chorus Line (24 – 28 September) celebrates the lives of theatre’s unsung heroes with sensational choreography, heart-wrenching personal stories and musical theatre’s most unforgettable finale. Celebrated QDance Company’s exuberant Re:INCARNATION (18 – 19 October) is an ode to the richness of Nigerian culture, drawing on Afrobeats, jazz, soul, funk and traditional African music. After a high-flying performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2022, Edinburgh oldest amateur musical theatre society, Southern Light, returns with Meredith William’s Broadway hit The Music Man (21 – 25 May). 

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A Chorus Line

There’s plenty to keep our younger audience members entertained, including a playful retelling of Tortoise & the Hare from Northern Ballet specially designed to introduce children to live ballet and music. Barrowland Ballet’s Poggle (24 February) is a funny dance theatre show which takes toddlers and young children on a forest adventure with live music and an interactive set. Starcatchers and Dirliebane Theatre Company present Laaaunch! Work in Progress (2 March), an immersive, playful experience created for babies from birth to 12 months old. 

The Studio hosts performances from the 17th edition of Manipulate Festival, Edinburgh’s international festival of animated film, puppetry and visual theatre which runs 1 – 11 February. Brand-new Scottish theatre is represented by The Collie’s Shed (10 May) by playwright Shelley Middler, using real stories and experiences to highlight the trials and tribulations still faced in mining and working-class communities.  

The countdown is already on for Christmas 2024 and the fairy godmother of all pantos, Cinderella (23 November – 31 December 2024). Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Jordan Young return in this spectacular family show, featuring laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.  

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Cinderella, our 2024 Panto

Fiona Gibson, Chief Executive of Capital Theatres said: 

“From the singular sensation of A Chorus Line, to the exuberance of QDance Company’s Re:INCARNATION, to star-studded names like Carrie Hope Fletcher and Alex Horne, this new programme truly offers something for everyone. We also have a wealth of excellent new shows to offer our youngest audience, including Northern Ballet’s wonderful Tortoise and the Hare and Barrowland Ballet’s Poggle, which are sure to be the perfect introduction for a new generation of theatre lovers. I am immensely excited that the global sensation that is Hamilton will grace the Festival Theatre stage in just three months, especially given its deep roots in Scottish history. I am also thrilled that we shall be going to the ball in 2024, with our Cinderella pantomime returning to the Festival Theatre while the renovation of our beloved King’s Theatre continues.” 

Our new season is available for priority booking (excluding the 2024 pantomime) for Friends of Capital Theatres exclusively from 24 November at 11am, with general public sale opening on 1 December.  

The 2024 pantomime, Cinderella, is available for priority booking from 24 November at 11am, with group booking reservations of 11+ from 28 November and general public booking opening on 18 December.