We’ll be bringing the amazing old art deco Leith Theatre back to life, for 10 days and nights of music, art, theatre, cinema, spoken word, poetry, special events, bars, street food and much more…

FREE during the day
TICKETS evenings til late

Single Tickets

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At a glance

Friday 26 May – buy tickets

A night of live music in collaboration with The List – Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) award winner Anna Meredith, dance/electro duo Bossy Love, alt-pop duo Bdy_Prts and Marnie (of Ladytron).

Theatre with Charlotte Hastings.

Poetry with INTERROBANG?! and Ghosts of the Citadel.


Saturday 27 May – buy tickets

The second night at Hidden Door, and we’ve got another night of live music in collaboration with The List with Scottish indie legends Idlewild, indie-pop from Hamish Hawk and alt-rock trio Dama Scout.

In the theatre, the Mash Collective, Annie Lord, Charlotte Hastings and Roanna Davidson.

Poetry and spoken word from Loud Poets and FREAK Circus.

Cinema screenings with Edinburgh Short Film Festival and the University of Edinburgh’s MSc Film, Curation and Exhibition


Sunday 28 May – buy tickets

Spoken word and Poetry from: Jenny Lindsay – Flint & Pitch Presents; plus Annie Rutherford & Rebecca DeWald – Found In Translation

Cinema by UoE – MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation

Theatre with Charlotte Hastings – Heroines; Annie Lord – Graft; SURGE – The Mash Collective; Tam Dean Burn; and Theatre Sans Accents – Lost in Translation

Monday 29 May – buy tickets

In the cinema – highlights of Hidden Door Festival’s 2017 Film Programme

Plus Spoken Word with Shoreline of Infinity; Rebecca Sharp & Philip Jeck – Rules of the Moon; Rachel Plummer – The Parloure Guide to Exo Politics (with Matt Hulse, Matt Rogers and the Scottish Clarinet Quintet); plus Tam Dean Burn.


Tuesday 30 May – buy tickets

The old Leith Theatre returns to its roots as the curtains rise on a truly excellent night of theatre from the incredible Grid Iron (South Bend) and Ludens Ensemble (Love), plus Tragic Carpet (Rendition).

More spoken word and poetry with Sonnet Youth Takeover; Inky Fingers Spoken Word Showcase

Plus cinema from UoE – MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation

Wednesday 31 May – buy tickets

Another night of theatre from the incredible Grid Iron (South Bend) and Ludens Ensemble (Love), plus Jamie And Lewis Wardrop with Glasgow V Edinburgh, and Tam Dean Burn.

Plus spoken word from Andrew Blair – The R-Pattz Facttz and Cinema with Dispatch Feminist Moving Image.

Thursday 1 June – buy tickets

Final chance to see Grid Iron (South Bend) and Ludens Ensemble (Love), plus Jamie And Lewis Wardrop with Glasgow V Edinburgh; and Clare Marcie asking What Would Kanye Do?

Performances from Kathryn Spence and JJG Dance and Cinema night with Africa In Motion.

Friday 2 June – buy tickets

The final weekend at Hidden Door kicks off with another collaboration with Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival presenting Gnabgnab, renowned rapper/saxophonist Soweto Jazz and 9-piece Riot Jazz headlining with their twisted mix of funk, soul, hip hop and aggressive jazz.

Plus cinema from Scottish Queer International Film Festival

Theatre from Andrew Simpson & Co – The Party Shrimp; Roanna Davidson – EGO ET Al ; and Clare Marcie – What Would Kanye Do?

Saturday 3 June – buy tickets

The penultimate night brings more multi-instrumentalist mayhem with Hidden Orchestra.

Plus cinema from unDependence Film Festival and Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Theatre with Andrew Simpson & Co – The Party Shrimp; Heroes – Parlour; Annie Lord – Graft; Roanna Davidson – EGO ET Al; Theatre Sans Accents – Lost in Translation; Clare Marcie – What Would Kanye Do?

Sunday 4 June – buy tickets

The final night, and bound to be a sell out as we witness a fantastic and unique collaboration between Hidden Door favourites Tinderbox Orchestra on stage with another cherished SAY Award winner, Kathryn Joseph.

In theatre, Andrew Simpson & Co – The Party Shrimp; Jamie And Lewis Wardrop – Glasgow V Edinburgh; Heroes – Parlour; and Theatre Sans Accents – Lost in Translation

Plus cinema from Edinburgh College of Art – Animation Showcase


Full Festival Passes

Festival Pass £99
VIP Pass £150

Contact us to purchase.

For the first time ever, and by popular demand, we are offering Full 10-day Festival Passes. We won’t be announcing our full line-up until our official Launch Party in March 2017, but we know a lot of you are planning to spend a lot of time at the festival, to soak up all the music, art, theatre, cinema, poetry and everything else on offer. We also know that some nights sell out really quickly. So, by buying a Full Festival Pass now, you can guarantee your entry to every night and not miss a single thing.

VIP Festival Passes are also available and include food and drink tokens* and other perks to make your visit to the festival even more special, including entry to our epic Launch Party in March 2017.

* VIP pass holders will be issued with vouchers for one drink (pint of beer/cider, 175ml glass of wine, or soft drink) and one meal from one of our food vendors for each night of the festival.

Subject to licence. Exact programme and timings to be confirmed. Some performance spaces have limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets for personal assistants

If you are Deaf or disabled and require an additional ticket for a personal assistant, we may be able to provide this free of charge. Email for more details or to discuss how we can meet your requirements. We’ll do our absolute best to help.


Hidden Door is a volunteer-run, non-profit arts organisation. We need your help to make it a success so that we can keep finding new, exciting abandoned areas of the city to fill with art, music, theatre and so much more…