Our Fabulous Venues at the Heart of the City

our flagship venue

Features

Our flagship venue, C scala at Saint Stephen’s Stockbridge, a building with an impressive festival history, houses a main theatre seating 450, a proscenium arch theatre/cabaret space, a versatile studio, café-bar and exhibition spaces. With high ceilings and enhanced technical facilities, the venue is especially suited for larger-scale productions, productions with complex technical needs and productions with aerial work.

Location

C scala is located on St Stephen Street/St Vincent Street, 5 minutes from George Street, close to other major New Town venues on George Street and our new Hill Street venue. Stair access.

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a powerhouse of pure performance

Features

Historic city-centre building Adam House has been home to our main venue, C since 2000. C has a 227-seat thrust theatre, two end-on black box theatres seating 169 and 109, a permanent 160-seat proscenium arch theatre, and multiple exhibition spaces. Our lively venue bar serves a full range of drinks and food with night-time cabaret, comedy, bands, dancing, DJs and jazz. We programme the C soco festival tent for pay what you think shows in the courtyard of the Ibis hotel next door, and can accommodate outdoor shows close by at the C minto house quad.

Location

C is on Chambers Street, parallel to the Royal Mile, between George IV Bridge and the South Bridge. C's ground floor entrance leads directly into the main box office foyer and the bar. Each theatre is located on its own floor with a spacious lobby. There is lift access to all floors.

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our major pop-up multiplex

Features

C nova spans seven storeys of Victorian A-listed city centre landmark India Buildings. Spaces include black box, grey box and white box studios, 'empty room' flexible spaces and some very unique found spaces such as cellars, attics and a tower, all under one roof. With three bars and exhibition and performance spaces of all shapes and sizes, anything can be possible, including installation spaces in which a set can be built and left up for the whole Festival.

Location

C nova is right in the heart of the city at the top of Victoria Street, just off the Royal Mile on George IV Bridge, between our other venues. Most performance spaces require access by stairs.

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original offshoot venue with terrace garden

Features

In 1996 we re-opened one of the very first Festival venues, St Columba's by the Castle, as C too. The thrust format 155-seat main house is especially popular for children's shows and musicals. The 80-seat church space above is ideal for music, storytelling and workshops.

Location

Just off the top of the Lawnmarket (Royal Mile), C too can be approached from both Johnston Terrace and Victoria Terrace, offering easy access from the Grassmarket and our other venues. Box office and café-bar are in the venue's vibrant terrace garden. Lift access is available.

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original Royal Mile Festival venue

Features

In 2015, we returned to the Celtic Lodge on the Royal Mile, another of the original Festival venues. The performance space is a 79-seat thrust format black box theatre with raked seating, also offering in-the-round, traverse and cabaret layout options.

Location

C cubed is on the Lawnmarket (Royal Mile), close to the International Festival Hub and Fringe Office, mid-way between C nova and C too. There is a courtyard, café and venue bar.

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hill street - our new venue with a long Festival history

Features

For 2017 we are pleased to bring C venues to one of the oldest Fringe venues with a long history, Hill Street Theatre in the New Town. The venue features a 90-seat end on theatre in a wood-panelled room, a 60-seat black box studio, and two found spaces, a 20-seat micro studio and a cellar.

Location

Hill Street is parallel to George Street, between Frederick Street and Castle Street.

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our popular Southside Festival oasis

Features

In 2014, we launched a new venue in a spectacular Southside setting. C south features a superb 110-seat end-on main theatre ideal for aerial work, dance, physical and music theatre, a 300-seat church, a tent studio, set in extensive gardens ideal for outdoor performance.

Location

C south is at St Peter’s Lutton Place on Clerk Street, close to other major Southside venues. This venue is fully accessible.

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home of our pay what you think programme

Features

C's popular outdoor venue is back in the courtyard of the ibis, and features a performance tent showcasing a 'pay what you think' programme, alfresco café-bar, and indoor night-time performance space.

Location

Right next to our main Chambers Street venue, with entrances on Chambers Street, South Bridge, and Cowgate, C soco is an excellent place to see cutting-edge Fringe work and soak up the sun on the ibis terrace. The ibis restaurant and bar serve excellent food and drink until late. This venue is fully accessible.

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