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Traverse Theatre

History of the Traverse Theatre

The Traverse Theatre is one of the newest theatres in Edinburgh. The company started up in 1963 and moved to its current building in 1992. This modern, purpose-built venue has two stages. Both have flexible layouts and a choice of seating configurations. With a capacity of up to 214 people in Traverse 1, and around 100 in Traverse 2.

This is a contemporary theatre company, which encourages new ideas and exciting experiences. During August each year, it works closely with the Festival Fringe, putting on a packed programme, including many in-house productions.

A Play on stage looking over the audiences heads

What’s on at The Traverse Theatre?

Known as Scotland’s new writing theatre, it is the company’s mission to help people across society access and engage with the arts. Presenting a wide range of innovative, challenging, exciting and original shows.

Find out what’s on at The Traverse over the coming months here > What’s On at The Traverse Theatre?

Shadow puppet theatre show with actors feet under the curtains on stage

Did you know?

The name Traverse actually comes from a mispronunciation of “transverse” theatre layout, in which the audience sits on either side of the stage, facing towards each other. This was the seating arrangement in the company’s first theatre club, but by the time the Artistic Director realised his mistake, the name had stuck and it was too late to change it.

Edinburgh Theatre Breaks

The Traverse is around a 20-minute walk or 10-minute drive from Parliament House Hotel, where we provide comfortable accommodation for your next theatre break. Check out our delicious pre-theatre menu, which is available for both hotel guests and non-residents.

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