Our History

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

37 years later, we are proud to present our biggest programme yet with over 200 shows as a special celebration for the 70th Anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

2017 sees us spreading our wings back to the New Town and returning to the Assembly Rooms, which we ran for thirty years. This will sit alongside George Square Gardens and the surrounding venues, the Assembly Hall, Checkpoint and the Roxy. In all Assembly will run 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.