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Richard Alston Dance Company

Thu 20 Sep & Fri 21 Sep

Evenings 7.30pm

Running time (approx.): 2 hours (incl. 20 mins interval)

Festival Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

£17.50 - £23.50*

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. An 80p handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Friends Discounts

Friends of Capital Theatres receive 20% off

Richard Alston Dance Company

Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by undoubtedly one of the world’s best dance ensembles.

The evening centres around Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career, featuring sections from Nowhere Slowly (1970), Rainbow Bandit (1977) and the joyous Signal of a Shake (2000).

The evening will also feature world premieres by Richard Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. Alston’s Brahms Hungarian Dances is set to the hugely popular Brahms pieces, featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway. The dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour. Detour, Martin Lawrance’s new work is set to Steve Reich’s Drumming remixed by the brilliant young English drummer Four Tet. Detour will be a companion piece to a celebratory revival of the beautiful Proverb, one of Alston’s most telling choreographies set to the vocals of Steve Reich.

One of the strongest sections in Mid Century Modern comes from Proverb, created to mark composer Steve Reich’s birthday in 2006… with clean lines and a gorgeous quality of movement

The Independent

Alston’s barefoot dancers look as if they have been sprinkled with fairy dust. The effect is magical … It’s one of Alston’s most quietly moving dances

The Times

Richard Alston discusses Brahms Hungarian

Ticket prices

£17.50 - £23.50*

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. An 80p handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

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.

Friends 20% off

Groups (8+) £4 off (Stalls & Dress)

Concessions £3 off 

Student Standby £10*

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. Our staff can be called on 0131 529 6000 or by using Text Relay on 18002 0131 529 6003.

* Student Standby tickets are subject to availability on the day of the performance and can only be purchased in person at the Box Office from 12pm. A valid Student or Young Scot ID is required. Only one ticket per card.


We want everyone to have opportunities to get involved and take part. Join us for everything from practical workshops to open rehearsals and pre-performance talks. Why not discover more with Richard Alston Dance Company? 

Pre-show Talk with Richard Alston

Richard Alston Public Open Rehearsal

Richard Alston Taster Session (14-24)

Richard Alston Taster Session (55+)

Richard Alston CPD Workshop

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