Our fabulous venues at the heart of the city

Please note that information on this page applies to our in-person programme in Edinburgh.

C aurora – our premier city centre hub venue


Our newest hub venue, C aurora features multiple performance spaces in one location, centred around a welcoming courtyard. Lauriston Halls and the Sacred Heart Church have a distinguished festival tradition dating back to the earliest days of the Fringe. The main house black box space seating 200+ has a large stage and high ceiling, and is especially suited to for larger-scale theatre, dance, circus, musical theatre, music and children's shows. The flexible black box studio seats up to 50, and offers a choice of end-on, thrust, in-the-round, traverse, corner and cabaret layouts, and ideal for smaller-scale theatre, physical theatre, dance, music, cabaret, comedy, spoken word and storytelling. The ornate church space is ideal for music, choral works and site-specific theatre and performance, with options to perform in theatre format at the front of the nave to up to 300 audience, or in studio format in a flexible space at the rear of the nave for up to 50. The courtyard can be used for outdoor performances.


C aurora is on Lauriston Street, just off West Port and Lauriston Place, close to the Grassmarket and Lothian Road/Tolcross). There a café and bar in the courtyard. The venue is fully accessible for audience members.

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C aquila – original Royal Mile twin-space venue


Our popular Royal Mile venue at the Roman Eagle Lodge. One of the original Fringe venues, C aquila features the atmospheric 91-seat end-on temple theatre, with wood-panelled auditorium and a popular end-on 55-seat studio. Both spaces have a cabaret layout option.


C aquila is the top of Johnston Terrace, opposite the international Festival Hub and close to C cubed. Access to performance spaces is by stairs (seated chairlift available).

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C cubed – historic Royal Mile venue with flexible space


Our Royal Mile venue at the Celtic Lodge, Brodie's Close, C cubed is one of the original Festival venues in an atmospheric 16th century building. The main space is a versatile flexible format black box theatre with raked seating for up to 79, offering thrust, in-the-round, and traverse formats, and an end-on studio format option with varying stage sizes for up to 65 seats. All formats can have a cabaret layout option.


C cubed is on the Lawnmarket (Royal Mile), close to the International Festival Hub and Fringe Office, close to C aquila. There is a courtyard, café and bar. Accessible via stairs only.

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C piccolo – our smallest venue


Our smallest venue is a cheerful café-cabaret space with a warm atmosphere. The intimate and informal clubroom performance space in the historic Edinburgh Press Club building is ideal for stand-up, spoken word, storytelling, poetry, cabaret, song and acoustic music for solo, duo and trio performance. This unique space features a large glass window, making the performance space visible from Cockburn Street: the ideal shop window for the work shown inside.


C piccolo is on the Cockburn Street, one of the key routes from the Old Town to the New town, just off the Royal Mile (High Street) and, offering a route to/from Princes Street, Waverley Station and Market Street. There is a café-bar. Level access from Cockburn Street (toilets unadapted and accessible via stairs only.

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C place – our New Town hub venue


C place features an outdoor terrace café-bar, and three performance spaces. The studio is ideal for small-to-mid-size solo and smaller-cast theatre, physical theatre, spoken word, music poetry, storytelling, acoustic music, music theatre and cabaret. The immersion space can be used for exhibition or performance installations or as a found space, for immersive performances or performance art. The cellarcan be used for performances and events, and is suitable for cabaret, variety, spoken word and comedy, and for showing film, video and digital work.


C place is on the York Place, close to George Street and the East End of Princes Street, on the tram line to the airport. There is a bar, outdoor terrace serving food and drink, and full restaurant. Level access is possible only to the bar and immersion spaces, by advance arrangement.

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C site specific – thinking outside the black box

Off-site venues and on-site found spaces

We welcome applications from site-specific and found-space shows. We regularly programme work into found spaces within our existing venues, and our programme has featured shows performed in spaces as diverse as cellars, castles and historic monuments, corridors, cupboards, attics, vaults, balconies, kitchens, towers, toilets, hairdressers, cars, buses, the closes and courtyards of the Royal Mile, gardens churchyards and courtyards. We can assist with finding site-specific locations, or with licensing and managing locations aready identified.

New venues/other options

New venues can come on stream at any time, and some spaces can be reconfigured depending on need, so if you are looking for a format or capacity not listed, do ask, as we may be able to help.