City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Pleasance Theatre, Pleasance Courtyard


Pleasance Theatre, Pleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance
Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
Pleasance Courtyard
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Southside, Edinburgh
Telephone (box office): 
0131 556 6550 (Fringe)
Edinburgh Fringe Venue: 
33

Perhaps best known during the festival for its huge fringe festival programme, Edinburgh University's 300-capacity student union building at the Pleasance is also the venue for public events (such as the Edinburgh International Film Festival), debates, and the cabaret bar hosts weekly comedy acts and live music.

Pleasance at the Fringe

The Pleasance continues to grow each year, with numerous performance spaces in the whole range of sizes (17 in 2015!), multiple bars, and several cafes.

At festival time, the Pleasance Courtyard turns into the biggest beer garden in the city, and assuming the weather is not too dreich, it's an excellent place to start an evening or spend an afternoon.

The programming tends to be of a high standard, featuring many international acts, particularly with an emphasis on comedy, music, musicals, dance, and cabaret.