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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Tickets are also available from the Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street.

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 (who rocked the programme launch party), alt-pop duo Bdy_Prts and Marnie (of Ladytron). Then DJs taking us through til late.

The night’s theatre will be provided by Charlotte Hastings presenting Heroines, which explores expectations of gender, theatrical archetypes and empowered female voices through physicality, movement and text. The Mash Collective will gather an ensemble of emerging physical theatre performers to create a unique spectacle that pops up in different areas of the festival.

INTERROBANG?! will perform Ghosts of the Citadel, a contemporary and Leith-set retelling of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, as part of an interactive night of storytelling and music.

KinoKlub, Edinburgh’s surrealist pop-up cinema collective, will also be showcasing some of the best in surreal and experimental film.


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, melodic duo Manuela, indie-pop from Hamish Hawk and alt-rock trio Dama Scout.

In the theatre, expect a unique spectacle as physical theatre performers from the Mash Collective pop up in different areas of the festival, Annie Lord’s Graft uses storytelling and projection to explore the boundaries and divisions between organisms and considers the human desire to gain control over nature, Charlotte HastingsHeroines, and Roanna Davidson performs EGO ET AL which explores the relationship we have with our ever growing ‘other’ existence in our online world.

Poetry and spoken word from Loud Poets, mixing music, poignancy and comedy, and FREAK Circus will be bringing an hour of astounding uninterrupted spoken word from the UK’s top performers.
Cinema screenings will be curated by Edinburgh Short Film Festival, bringing you the best contemporary Scottish, UK and international short films.

Sunday 28 May – buy tickets

In the main auditorium, we will have a very special screening of one of the oldest animated feature films, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, with a bewitching live score by SiNK. Made in 1926 by German animator and director Lotte Reiniger, Prince Achmed is a beautifully crafted piece of storytelling based loosely on the Arabian Nights, told using a magical silhouette animation technique. Reaching beyond their usual instrumentation of violin, accordion and saxophone, SiNK have created a score that is in part composed and in part conjured; improvising and experimenting as Reininger did with shape and colour 90 years ago.

Spoken Word and Poetry from Jenny Lindsay and Flint & Pitch presenting a show of emerging talent, one-off collaborations, top music, spoken word, theatre and more. A delicious mix of talent takes to the stage with a line-up to send you happily into the following week.

Annie Rutherford & Rebecca DeWald perform Found In Translation, celebrating translation in all its forms and showcasing work which interweaves not only different languages but also different art forms.

Theatre includes Tam Dean Burn presenting an adaptation of Stuart Campbell’s Leith-set novel, John McPake and the Sea Beggars; and Theatre Sans Accents present their first original production Lost in Translation, which examines bilingualism as a journey across language and culture. There are also further performances of Charlotte HastingsHeroines; Annie Lord’s Graft and The Mash Collective.

Monday 29 May – buy tickets

Shoreline of Infinity present their Sci-Fi Cabaret – offering live performances of science-fiction prose, poetry, music, visual arts and entertainment from around the globe.

Rachel Plummer is joining forces with the acclaimed Scottish Clarinet Quartet to deliver The Parloure Guide to Exo Politics, a vintage sci-fi themed, multi-media performance on the subject of contact with alien life.

In the theatre, further performances from Rebecca Sharp & Philip Jeck – Rules of the Moon and Tam Dean Burn’s John McPake and the Sea Beggars.

Heather Marshall (Creative Electric) continues her interactive, endurance performance Sinking Horses, informed and performed by you.

Plus, the cinema will host a special feature (tbc) and a special event will focus on Leith and the Theatre.

Tuesday 30 May – buy tickets

The old Leith Theatre returns to its theatrical roots as the curtains rise on a truly excellent night of theatre from the incredible multi-award winning Grid Iron, who are bringing a new work-in-progress South Bend, and Ludens Ensemble present new performance Love based on William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnets’. Plus Tragic Carpet present Rendition, using puppetry, soundscapes, object, shadow and visual theatre to explore the collusion between the CIA and the British Government.

There is also more Spoken Word and Poetry with Sonnet Youth Takeover bringing us an unpredictable spoken word house party and there’s also Inky Fingers Spoken Word Showcase, supporting and encouraging writers, experimentation, and community.

Wednesday 31 May – buy tickets

Another night of theatre from plus  the excellent Grid Iron performing South Bend, Ludens Ensemble’s Love, and Tam Dean Burn’s John McPake and the Sea Beggars.

Plus Poetry and Spoken Word from Andrew Blair’s The R-Pattz Facttz, an evening of poetry all about Robert Pattinson (yes, that one from Twilight)!

The cinema selections are chosen by intersectional feminist moving image online journal Dispatch Feminist Moving Image, focusing on works and exhibitions created and curated by women.

Thursday 1 June – buy tickets

Final chance to see Grid Iron performing their new work-in-progress South Bend and Ludens Ensemble’s Shakespeare-inspired Love, plus Jamie And Lewis Wardrop’s Glasgow V Edinburgh. Also appearing is Clare Marcie asking What Would Kanye Do? – a solo performance project which follows the fantasies, fears and passions of aspiring rapper Marcy as she struggles to justify her irrational love for a divisive rap star.

There will also be performances from Kathryn Spence, curating an evening of dance, combining short contemporary dance pieces to create a diverse evening.

Cinema for the night is provided by Africa In Motion, making it possible for Scottish audiences to engage with African stories and industry professionals from the continent.

Friday 2 June – buy tickets

The final weekend at Hidden Door kicks off with another collaboration, with Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival presenting Werkha and Gnabgnab before headline slots from renowned rapper/saxophonist Soweto Kinch and 9-piece Riot Jazz with their twisted mix of funk, soul, hip hop and aggressive jazz. Then DJ Rebecca Vasmant take us into the wee small hours, bringing a fresh new twist to dance music with her love of jazz.

Plus cinema selected by Scottish Queer International Film Festival, joining us from Glasgow with the goal to get people watching, talking about, and making more queer films.

There’s also another chance to catch Roanna Davidson performing EGO ET Al and Clare Marcie’s What Would Kanye Do?

Saturday 3 June – buy tickets

The penultimate night brings more multi-instrumentalist mayhem with Hidden Orchestra. Featuring a wide variety of guest musicians from different musical backgrounds, recorded separately, and combined by producer/composer Joe Acheson to create an ‘imaginary orchestra’ that doesn’t really exist. Plus Monkoora, Callum Easter, Gazelle Twin: Kingdom Come and late night DJs.

Plus cinema from unDependence Film Festival, harnessing the spirit of the Scottish referendum to deliver a programme of international shorts and features that deal with themes of dependencies, as well as Edinburgh Short Film Festival presenting the best contemporary Scottish, UK and international short film.

For Theatre we have HeroesParlour, a newly devised piece of theatre and installation that investigates the simulated world of video games to test the bleeding edge of IRL human morality; Annie Lord’s Graft; Roanna Davidson’s EGO ET Al; Theatre Sans Accents’ Lost in Translation; and Clare Marcie’s 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. Scotland’s premier youth music orchestra close Hidden Door with a special show marking the launch of their debut album. Featuring contributions from hundreds of young people, the record is the culmination of 7 years of pioneering projects, productions and collaborations. Drawing on the orchestra’s work with the likes of Black Diamond Express, Dawanggang and Nigel Osborne, it combines a ferocious energy with an irreverent approach to genre and a real appetite for exploration.

For Theatre, it’s your last chance to catch Jamie And Lewis Wardrop performing Glasgow V Edinburgh; HeroesParlour; and Theatre Sans AccentsLost in Translation

Plus we welcome back the graduation works of the very talented final year students at the Edinburgh College of Art’s 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…