theSpace @ Surgeons' Hall

fringe venue
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After a hugely successful debut season back in 2009, followed by expansion and growth in the subsequent years, theSpaceUK can now boast the most established stylish and well located multi-space venues on the Fringe. Located on Nicholson Street, a minutes' walk from the Royal Mile, opposite the Festival Theatre and yards from Bristo Square the venue sits in its own buzzing courtyard and is a location few want to miss.

Our four performance spaces played host to some 100 shows last year, with an array of award nominations, feature coverage and a constant flow of 4 and 5-star reviews. The venue continues to host an increasing number of sell-out shows with some 70,000 people visiting the venue during the 21-day festival.

With a reputation for offering one of the Festival's most diverse cross-genre programmes, the venue is complemented by a very stylish 200 seat courtyard bar. It’s ultimately one of the Festival's busiest venues and a must for all seasoned theatre goers.

Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre is a generously equipped large theatre venue ideally suited to shows with large casts or sets. The venue caters for an audience of 119 so is suitable for large-scale popular shows.

The theatre consists of a generously sized flat stage in a creative thrust formation. Black drapes are rigged at the back of the stage. A green room area is available in an adjoining room with access to the stage.

The lighting rig is designed with two fixed general washes and a set of specials which can be re-gelled and focussed to your requirements.

Audience capacity
119
Stage size
Stage is 7.5m x 4.0m
Stage height
Ground level
Overhead clearance
3m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Backstage & storage space suitable for large items of scenery.
Lighting facilities

Warm and cold wash as standard, with additional Parcans and profiles available as specials. The rig has 36 channels of dimming and is controlled by a memory lighting desk.

Sound facilities
Full-range musical reinforcement system

Theatre 1

Theatre 1 is a uniquely-designed corner space ideally suited to shows with casts of up to 6 people and a small amount of set.

The corner stage is slightly raised. A small backstage space behind allows for set/prop storage. Access is provided behind the black drapes to entrances on either side of the stage.

Audience capacity
63
Stage size
Corner stage is 4.5m on both sides
Stage height
0.1m off the ground
Overhead clearance
2.4m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Storage capacity in this space is limited, please talk to us about your intended set and props and we will advise accordingly.
Lighting facilities
Simple lighting rig sufficient for most requirements
Sound facilities
Sound system suitable for playback of background music and sound effects

Theatre 2

Theatre 2 is a small but traditional space ideally suited to shows with casts of up to 6 people and a small amount of set.

The stage is slightly raised. A small backstage space behind allows for set/prop storage. Access is provided behind the black drapes to entrances on either side of the stage.

Audience capacity
49
Stage size
5x2m
Stage height
0.2m off the ground
Overhead clearance
2.2m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Storage capacity in this space is limited, please talk to us about your intended set and props and we will advise accordingly.
Lighting facilities

LED-based lighting rig supplemented by two tungsten profiles

Sound facilities
Sound system suitable for playback of background music and sound effects

Theatre 3

Theatre 3 is a small space ideally suited to shows with casts of up to 4 people and a small amount of set.

The trapezium-shaped stage is raised slightly. A small backstage space behind allows for set/prop storage. Access is provided behind the black drapes to entrances on either side of the stage.

Audience capacity
42
Stage size
2m deep, 5m wide at front reducing to 3m at rear
Stage height
0.2m off the ground
Overhead clearance
2.4m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Storage capacity in this space is limited, please talk to us about your intended set and props and we will advise accordingly.
Lighting facilities

LED-based lighting rig supplemented by two tungsten profiles

Sound facilities
Sound system suitable for playback of background music and sound effects

Fleming Theatre

A generously equipped mid-sized theatre space, ideally suited to shows with mid to large sized casts. A good stage size (6x3m) with raked soft seating of 117 end-on seats. Suitable for all genres of theatre, musical theatre, physical theatre, stand-up, music, improv and acapella.

Audience capacity
117
Stage size
6x3m
Stage height
Ground level
Overhead clearance
3m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
A limited amount of set and prop storage is available in an adjacent room.
Lighting facilities
  • Frontlight: 10 LED fresnels in 5 sections across the stage with 3 for upstage cover
  • Backlight: 3 LED PARs
  • Sidelight: 4 LED PARs
  • Specials: 3 Source4 LED Profiles on the front truss - may be re-focused to your design
Sound facilities
d&b audiotecknik based system with 24ch mixing console and CD player. The sound system is designed for everything from effects to small scale musical theatre.

Haldane Theatre

A traditional theatre ideally suited for casts up to 8 people. The theatre has a capacity of 49 and is set on the first floor of the venue. The stage is raised and a small back stage area allows for costume and set changes. A separate storage facility is also available.

Audience capacity
49
Stage size
5x2m
Stage height
0.3m off the ground
Overhead clearance
3m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
There is a small amount of storage behind the drapes in the venue which is shared between all companies.
Lighting facilities
  • Frontlight: 5 LED fresnels in 5 sections across the stage
  • Backlight: 3 LED PARs
  • Sidelight: 2 LED PARs
  • Specials: 3 Source4 Lustr2 LED Profiles - may be re-focused to your design.
Sound facilities
d&b Audiotechnik E3 loudspeaker system with an 8ch analogue mixing console.