Student Venues: Theatre & Comedy Clubs

Live comedy and theatre is all over the place in Scotland's student cities – here's where to track it down...

Article by Nadia Younes and Peter Simpson | 11 Sep 2018

Assembly Roxy
2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh
Formerly the Lady Glenorchy's Church (and for a brief spell, the Bowery), the Roxy is open year-round as well as during the Edinburgh Fringe. You'll find a programme of theatre, performance, screenings and talks as well as the occasional lo-fi gig.

Bedlam Theatre
11 Bristo Pl, Edinburgh
Home to Edinburgh University Theatre Company, with its iconic red door and newly spruced interior, Bedlam is exciting for punters and performers alike. If you want a belter of a Friday night, grab a ludicrously cheap pint and laugh your spleen out at homegrown improv troupe The Improverts.

Dundee Rep
Tay Square, Dundee
The Rep is home to one of the country’s most renowned theatre companies but also accommodates some of the best touring productions as they make their way around the UK. It’s not all highbrow stuff: you’ll also catch a bit of stand-up, dance and live music there too.

Festival Theatre
13-29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh
Big old glass-fronted theatre with a year-round programme of theatre, musicals, dance, live music and more. If there's a big London show you want to catch, chances are it'll turn up here. Feeling spontaneous? Head down on the day and grab yourself a £10 standby ticket.

Monkey Barrel Comedy Club
9 Blair St, Edinburgh
Open seven nights a week and home to an eclectic mix of stand-up, sketch and improv shows, Monkey Barrel is a welcome addition to Edinburgh's year-round comedy scene. Want to impress people with your in-depth comedy knowledge when the Fringe comes back around? Here's one of the places to start.

Royal Lyceum Theatre
30b Grindlay St, Edinburgh
A gloriously archaic theatre located between Lothian Road and Edinburgh Castle which hosts both travelling and resident talent year-round, with a focus on new writing and original work.

The Stand Edinburgh
5 York Pl, Edinburgh
The Stand Comedy Club is a good one if your ribs need tickling. When we say this place is intimate, we really mean it – turn up early to grab a safe seat, unless you’re OK with becoming front row joke-fodder.

The Stand Glasgow
333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow
A stage which hosts both established and up-and-coming comedians. The venue offers an intimate live comedy experience; not to be missed is Red Raw, their weekly showcase of new comedy every Tuesday (Monday in Edinburgh).

Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh
A theatre affectionately known by its many supporters as the Trav, this one’s a mainstay on our list. It’s regarded as one of the best Scottish platforms for new writing, so you’d be foolish not to take advantage of their student concession prices.

Traverse Theatre

Tron Theatre
63 Trongate, Glasgow
The Tron Theatre stands out in its city centre location, and the theatre it hosts stands out too. It hosts elements of Celtic Connections and the Merchant City Festival and boasts a rather swanky theatre bar.

14 Drury St, Glasgow
Originally called Vespbar (geddit), this Euro-café themed spot recently took the name YesBar in support of Scottish Independence. Head down for beer, stupendous pizzas, and some underground comedy, particularly when Glasgow Comedy Festival rolls around.