204 Rose Street | Edinburgh EH2 4AZ
Phone: 0131 226 4000
Considering the city is home to the world's largest arts festival, it's been an admittable sore point that Edinburgh has been lacking in mid-sized performance venues. It was welcome news then, when Danish ballet star Peter Schaufuss announced his plans back in 2016 to transform the former Charlotte Baptist Chapel on Rose Street into just that.
Spread over multiple levels, the Rose Theatre serves many functions. There's the cafe, dishing out fabulous teas, coffees and cakes; the basement, run by Fringe legends Gilded Balloon, is the place to go for edgy comedy and snappy musical theatre; while upstairs, the Cabaret Bar and The Attic offer room for relaxed, light entertainment. The main theatre has seating for 450, giving larger full-scale productions their chance to shine.
During the Fringe, Gilden Balloon take the reigns, offering high-calibre shows from dawn til dusk out of every nook and cranny the building has to offer. Outwith festival season, there's also the weekly Comedy Show in The Basement Theatre, held every Friday and Saturday night, giving Edinburgh residents and visitors alike the chance to catch up with Fringe favourites, but also to be entertained by up-and-coming comedians looking to test out their material. Throw in some cracking music nights, drama, variety and what you've got is a never-ending supply of shows to suit nigh on every taste. This is music to our ears. Watch this space for listings.