Festival Theatre Named as Best Performance Venue in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Festival Theatre has been named as the city’s favorite performance venue, according to a survey of international students.

With the Fringe Festival set to attract theatre-goers from around the world to Edinburgh next month, research by Kaplan International Colleges has revealed that more than a third (35%) of surveyed international students said that the Festival Theatre is their best-loved theatre and performance venue in the historic city.

The Festival Theatre, which is primarily used for performances of opera, ballet and large-scale musical events, was voted top in the survey’s theatre and performance venues category ahead of The Playhouse, King’s Theatre, Usher Hall and Church Hill Theatre.

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Duncan Hendry, Chief Executive of the Festival City Theatres Trust, which manages both the Festival and King’s Theatres says: ‘We’re delighted to see the Festival Theatre voted top in this survey, and for the King’s Theatre to be in the top three of the theatre and performance venue category.

"We have a broad-based programme at both of our theatres, including world-class contemporary dance and opera which have no language barrier to appealing to the widest possible audiences. We also have more access performances than any other theatres in Scotland, and these services – like captioning – make it easy for foreign visitors to follow English dialogue on stage.

"Our student audience is important to us, and we offer great discounts to encourage students to make the most of our theatres.”

Kaplan surveyed 301 students, aged between 18 and 59 years old, from 29 countries. All participating students had spent at least two weeks learning English at Kaplan’s language school in Edinburgh.

Mike Oldham, Social Programme Manager at Kaplan International College Edinburgh, said: “Edinburgh’s cultural heritage is a significant reason why Kaplan students choose to study English here. Our students love the entertainment on offer at The Festival Theatre.

"Many of our students enjoy the theatre and the performing arts and The Festival Theatre is home to some of the best dance and opera you can find anywhere in the world.”

The results of Kaplan’s city survey have been visualized in our What to do in Edinburgh infographic. The infographic page has quotes covering all aspects of the research.

Other survey results include:

  •     78% of international students voted Princes Street as the best place to go shopping.
  •     76% voted the National Museum of Scotland top in the museums and galleries category.
  •     72% voted Princes Street Gardens as the best park.
  •     67% voted Edinburgh Castle as the best tourist attraction.
  •     62% voted Finnegan’s Wake as the best pub.
  •     36% voted Espionage top in the club and gig venues category.
  •     20% voted Jamie’s Italian as the best place to eat.

Kaplan surveyed students from Saudi Arabia, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, France, Turkey, Germany, Venezuela, Colombia, South Korea, Russia, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Iran, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Kurdistan, Ukraine, Sweden, Luxembourg, Republic of San Marino, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Iceland and Bosnia.

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