The Shawshank Redemption

Evenings, 7.30pm
Matinees, 2.30pm

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including one interval

Age guidance: 12+

Festival Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

From £25.00

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Friends Discount

£5 off, Band A & B tickets, Mon to Wed


Bill Kenwright presents
The Shawshank Redemption

The nation's favourite movie becomes an acclaimed stage event!

Despite protests of his innocence, Andy Dufresne is handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover. Incarcerated at the notorious Shawshank facility, he quickly learns that no one can survive alone. Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched…

Based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, this thrilling stage production starring Joe Absolom (Eastenders, Doc Martin) and Ben Onwukwe (Royal Shakespeare Company, London's Burning) examines desperation, injustice, friendship, and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The 1994 feature film starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Please note
Replica rifles feature on the stage but no shots are fired. Stage-effect cigarettes are smoked during the performance. Includes strong language, scenes of a sexual nature, and some adult male nudity


Electrifying - it truly is a must-see show

The Observer

Gritty and captivating

The Richmond Guardian

★ ★ ★ ★

a parable for our time

The Scotsman

★ ★ ★ ★


The Herald


  • Mon 24 Apr 7:30 PM
  • Tue 25 Apr 7:30 PM
  • Wed 26 Apr 7:30 PM
  • Thu 27 Apr 2:30 PM
  • Thu 27 Apr 7:30 PM CAP


    For D/deaf and hard-of-hearing, captioning converts the spoken word into text which is displayed on an electronic caption unit – either near or on-stage or via a hand-held device.

  • Fri 28 Apr 7:30 PM
  • Sat 29 Apr 2:30 PM AD

    Audio Description Available

    An additional audio track for audiences with sight loss, explaining what’s happening on screen or on stage during gaps in the dialogue and sound effects.


    British Sign Language

    For patrons using sign language, this service usually involves one interpreter standing on or in front of the stage to sign the dialogue.

  • Sat 29 Apr 7:30 PM


Capital Theatres aim to be accessible to all.

We are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and Dementia Friend Training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. 

Find more information about access to the Festival Theatre.

Access Performances

  • Thu 27 Apr, 7.30pm
Audio Description
  • Sat 29 Apr, 2.30pm
  • Audio Describers: Myra Galletly & Caroline Jaquet
BSL Sign Language Interpreted
  • Sat 29 Apr, 2.30pm
  • Interpreter: Megan McArthur


Friends £5 off on Band A & B Tickets, Mon to Wed
Terms and conditions apply

Groups (8+) £4 off Stalls and Dress (excl. Fri & Sat)
Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email, or Groups phone number, 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off (excl. Fri & Sat)
Concessions are limited and may be withdrawn at any time.

Student/Under 26: £8 Standby tickets available on the day*

Schools Groups (10+): £8.50, 1 teacher free with every 10 students. (excl. Fri & Sat) Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. 

* Subject to availability. A valid Student ID or proof of age is required. Only one ticket per card. Available in price bands C and D only. 

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 

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