PERFORM WITH US

Assembly is the longest-running of the programming multi-venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After a pandemic enforced hiatus in 2020, in 2021 we’ll be returning to celebrate our 40th year. We have an international reputation for the quality and diversity of our artistic programme, presenting large scale productions and showcasing new talent across five historic locations across Edinburgh. The Assembly Hall, Assembly George Square, Assembly Roxy and Assembly Checkpoint sit in the centre of the Old Town whilst the iconic Assembly Rooms sit proudly on George Street in the heart of the New Town.

Our programme is curated which means we work closely with visiting companies to ensure we present a range and quality of work that will challenge, delight and entertain our audiences. Our reputation with our audience is significant with over half a million tickets sold in 2019. We welcome shows from a wide range of genres from theatre and comedy to dance and circus, spoken word and music in addition to children’s shows and musicals to name a few. Companies choose to work with us because of our focused programming, the specification and operation of our prestigious venues and our reputation with the media, promoters and industry.

Perform with us in 2021

We are currently planning for a 2021 festival in line with government guidance; we cannot wait to get back to doing what we do best as soon as it is safe to do so. Ordinarily, we would be opening applications for our programme at this point, but this is, of course, no ordinary year; as we are working to honour what would have been our 2020 programme, we currently have limited space for 2021.    

Therefore we are welcoming expressions of interest from all genres and disciplines – so if you have a piece of work you want to present at the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we want to hear about it. The festival remains one of the greatest celebrations of art in the world, so while it will likely look somewhat different next year, we’re so excited about returning in 2021, providing a platform for artists once again & delighting our audiences with a vibrant and diverse artistic programme. 

Our 2021 information pack will be available to download before the end of the year but in the meantime check out our 2020 pack – this is packed full of information and is a useful guide to give you a sense of our deals and spaces. Further detail on all of our performance spaces is available below. Make sure to check out our dedicated venue accessibility guide which details the accessibility considerations of each of our performance spaces for both artists and audience members. 

If you have any questions about performing at Assembly Festival or the application process get in touch with us at [email protected]

Complete our expression of interest form


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One

Assembly George Square Studios are opposite the main entrance to the Gardens.  ONE is an end on theatre space with a raked auditorium with up to 288 seats depending on stage configuration...

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Two

Located next to Studio One, TWO is an end on theatre space with a raked auditorium with up to 170 (195 with restricted view) seats depending on stage configuration. Entrance to the stage is availab...

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Assembly George Square Studios,
Two

195 seated (inc. restricted view)

Three

THREE is an end on theatre space with an intimate raked curved auditorium with up to 250 seats. The performance area is flat on the floor and wedge-shaped.  Access to the stage is via the back...

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Five

FIVE is an end on theatre space with 87 seats in a converted classroom, with its small stage and intimate seating configuration ideal for solo shows; it has played host to some of the most popular ...

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Four

FOUR is an intimate end on theatre space with an auditorium of 60 seats, perfect for solo shows and small scale theatre with minimal set. The venue has a very slightly raised stage, with three rows...

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Spiegeltent Palais Du Variété

The stunning Spiegeltent Palais du Variété is our larger tent in George Square Gardens, and is a totally flexible performance space for all genres, including circus. Available conf...

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Piccolo Tent

The Piccolo is our smaller tent in George Square Gardens; a beautiful and popular space which features raked bench seating and a semi-circular end on theatre space with crossover available.  ...

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The Box

Located opposite the Gordon Aikman Theatre, next to the Gardens, The Box is a thrust theatre space with a raked auditorium of 74 seats on three sides. It’s a wonderfully intimate space for st...

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Gordon Aikman Theatre

Formerly George Square Theatre, renamed in 2019 to honour campaigner and University of Edinburgh alumnus Gordon Aikman, this is Assembly’s third largest venue and a purpose built theatre whic...

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Main Hall

The Main Hall is one of the largest and most prestigious venues on the Fringe, an iconic landmark which sits atop Mound Place, near Edinburgh Castle. Owned by the Church of Scotland, from 1999-2004...

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Upstairs

Roxy Upstairs is one of our year-round theatres, and is an end on theatre space with a raked auditorium of 168 seats. Access to the stage is via a rear door or steps on stage right.   ...

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Downstairs

Located in the basement of Roxy, Downstairs is a black box raked auditorium. There is no wing space, but there is access to the back of the stage via a curtain to the dressing room. Full raked end ...

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Central

This wonderfully atmospheric temporary theatre is built into what was the church nave. Roxy Central is a raked auditorium with a capacity of 250. There is some capability for rigging...

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Checkpoint

This beautiful building was originally built as the Edinburgh Congressional Church and the high ceilings, sweeping staircase and beautiful wood panelling now help create an atmospheric venue that p...

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Assembly Checkpoint,
Checkpoint

300 Standing, 241 Seated

Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is the most intimate of our indoor spaces at the Assembly Rooms. The seating is a mix of flat floor and rake and makes for a great space for smaller scale theatre and comedy. There...

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Ballroom

This stunning room hosts spectacular chandeliers and grand Georgian decor. We build a raked seating bank of 350 seats to create an end on space, with a large stage suitable for theatre, physical wo...

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Music Hall

The Music Hall is the largest space in the Assembly Rooms, and Assembly’s second largest performance space at the Fringe.   It is a grand venue with a large raised stage t...

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Front Room

Located outside the Assembly Rooms, Front Room is a thrust theatre space with a raked auditorium of 74 seats on three sides. It’s a wonderfully intimate space for stand-up comedy and small-sc...

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The Blue Room

The Blue Room combines a striking exterior with a classical interior. Located by the Gordon Aikman Theatre, near the Gardens, the performance area is an end on theatre space accompanied by a raked ...

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Bijou

The Bijou is an intimate & striking Spiegel tent located on George Street, outside the Assembly Rooms, perfect for cabaret, circus, music and theatre. The space is flexible, and can be played e...

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Powder Room

Located outside the Assembly Rooms, Powder Room is a thrust theatre space with a raked auditorium of 74 seats on three sides. It’s a wonderfully intimate space for stand-up comedy and small-s...

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