Our fabulous venues at the heart of the city

a powerhouse of pure performance


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 can accommodate outdoor shows close by at the C minto house quad.


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 newest city centre hub venue


C royale, at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on George Street, is our newest hub venue, housing multiple performance spaces from 20 to 120 seats in this iconic city centre Georgian building. As well as multiple black box studios, both flexible format and with fixed seating, the venue includes a high-ceilinged foyer bar, space for pay what you think shows, exhibition spaces and grand classical rooms suitable for site-specific performance.


C royale is right in the heart of the New Town, on the corner of George and Hanover Streets, close to the Mound and the Fringe Half Price Hut. Lift/level access to all public areas and most stages.

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original offshoot venue with terrace garden


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.


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 venue with flexible space


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


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

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original Royal Mile two-space venue


For 2018, we return to this popular Royal Mile venue at the Roman Eagle Lodge. One of the original Fringe venues, C  aquila features an atmospheric 90-seat end-on main theatre with wood-panelled auditorium and a popular end-on 50-seat studio.


C aquila is the top of Johnston Terrace, opposite the international Festival Hub and just a few steps along from C  too. Access to performance spaces is by stairs (seated chairlift available).

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our popular Southside Festival oasis


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


C south is at St Peter’s on Lutton Place off Clerk Street, close to other major Southside venues and 15 minutes’ walk or a quick bus ride from the Old Town. Level access to theatre and church.

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site specific - thinking outside the black box

Off-site venues and on-site found spaces

We are open to receiving applications from site-specific shows, with or without venues attached. We regularly programme work into found spaces within our existing venues, from storerooms to corridors, and we are able to find suitable venues for shows looking for found spaces such as cellars, castles, attics, vaults, balconies, kitchens, toilets, towers, sites for vehicle-based performance, large-scale installation spaces and larger outdoor performance spaces.

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.