Our History

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

In 2017, we proudly presented our biggest programme yet with over 200 shows, as a special celebration for the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

2017 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. 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 twenty-six temporary 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. We have materials and images spanning the past 37 years which we are currently collating into a digital archive which we look forward to sharing soon.