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King’s Theatre

History of The King’s Theatre

The King’s Theatre opened in 1906 as a variety touring house. The Scottish-American leading philanthropist Andrew Carnegie laid the foundation stone a year earlier, which is at the top of the staircase in the foyer.

The opening show was a pantomime of Cinderella, and the King’s Panto has become an Edinburgh tradition, which has run almost every year since. Along with an eclectic annual programme of performances, covering everything from variety to opera.

With its Edwardian red sandstone exterior, and opulent, decorative interior, it one of Edinburgh’s much-loved historic buildings.