Our history

Assembly was founded by William Burdett-Coutts in 1981 in the iconic Assembly Rooms on George Street, Edinburgh.

In 2019, we proudly presented our biggest programme yet with over 230 shows, as a special celebration for the 72nd Anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

2018 also saw us spread our wings back to Edinburgh’s New Town as we returned to our original home at the Assembly Rooms, which we ran for thirty years and we will still run today. We also continue to operate the George Square Gardens and the surrounding venues, the Assembly Hall, Checkpoint and the Roxy each year at the Fringe. In all Assembly runs 26 pop-up performance spaces across these five sites.

Assembly’s rich history has launched the careers of and played host to a wealth of stars ranging from Dario Fo to Dara O’Brien. After the cancellation of the 2020 festival we’ll be celebrating our 40th year and our history as longest running curated multi-space venue on the Fringe in 2021.