theSpace @ Venue 45

fringe venue

theSpace @ Venue 45 is one of the festival's original venues, first managed by theSpaceUK in 1995 and perfectly located just off the Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street. The venue has an established reputation for producing theatre, musicals, dance, physical theatre, music and opera.

The 89 seat thrust space has a unique ambience all of its own and that twinned with a 70 year pedigree as a Fringe venue makes it one of the most well-known theatres on the Fringe. Audiences know the venue well, as do many of our companies who return to use it year after year.

Suitable for casts of 1 to 25, the venue has ample storage and large dressing room facilities.

theSpace @ Venue 45 Shows

Queen Mary Theatre Company

A cast of 1.5 million (roughly) NHS staff show you what goes in to a hectic night shift in A&E. A fast-paced clowning comedy caper, devised with junior doctors and nurses inspired by Michele Gondry and Green Wing.

Addiction: The Untold Story
Artistic Diversity Alliance

Inspired by a true story, a drama that includes audience-suggested improv and moments of truth. Scott must find redemption from his addictions, all while coming to terms with his sexuality.

Avenue Q – School Edition
American High School Theatre Festival

Recent college grad Princeton moves into a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q. Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

St.Petersburg State A.A. Bryantsev Youth Theatre, Russian Federation

Staging of Mike Bartlett's Contractions by St Petersburg A.A. Bryantsev Youth Theatre. This ink-black satire features a series of short interviews between the HR manager of a multinational company and a young woman working in the sales division.

The Crucible
American High School Theatre Festival

The Crucible – 1692, the 1950s, 2018... the more things change, the more they stay the same. John Proctor is thrust into one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history, the Salem Witch Trials.

Queen Mary Theatre Company

Imagine knowing when you're going to die, exactly when you're going to die. It would make you live your life to the fullest, right? Enter a world where at 16 you find out your date. A date that determines the rest of your future, a date you can't escape from

Death is the New Porn
Blazing Hyena Theatre Company

Three Edinburgh vigilantes crave the thrill of murder to avenge victims of brutal crimes. Cracks begin to show, dividing them and audiences alike. Can two wrongs make a right? Meet Edinburgh. Meet the gang.

Room 29 Theatre

Award-winning company Room 29 Theatre returns to the Fringe with this hauntingly beautiful musical. Written by Peter Duchan and with music from Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, The Greatest Showman) this is a show not to be missed!

Feet of the Angels
International Collegiate Theatre Festival presents Bishop's University Drama Dept,

Feet of the Angels: what happens when a child is chosen as the special one? Evelyne de la Chenelière’s moving play tells the story of Marie, the family genius, who becomes obsessed with angels.

From the Mississippi Delta
International Collegiate Theatre Festival presents Florida A&M University Essential Theatre

This touching and often humorous autobiographical account of a young girl's journey from the lowly back roads of the segregated south to the lofty ivory halls of academia is proof that some spirits cannot be broken.

Gender of Attraction
International Collegiate Theatre Festival presents Hostos Repertory Company

When Azul meets straight Mitch, the attraction is undeniable. Romance blooms, but Mitch doesn’t understand queer people and Azul has serious doubts and fears. Throw in the gossip from friends and things get complicated.

G64 Theatre

Does my happy match your happy? Where do we find it? Can we share it, fake it, keep it? Devised by the company and scripted by award-winning playwright Martin Murphy, Happimess explores and questions the essence of happiness.

I Love You Mum... I Promise I Won't Die!
LTA Enswemble

The talented LTA ensemble perform the Edinburgh premiere of Mark Wheeller’s heart-wrenching, verbatim masterpiece telling the real-life story of a 16-year old boy who died from an Ecstasy overdose.

Improv Mania
American High School Theatre Festival

Do you like to laugh? Do you enjoy improv? Come see Improv Mania, the interactive, improvisational experience. Don’t miss this hilarious, family-friendly hour complete with laughs, prizes, and audience participation!

In Their Footsteps
Infinite Variety Productions

Discover the untold stories of five American women who went to Vietnam during the war through a script created directly from oral histories with an evolving set, told through honest storytelling relevant to present day conversations.

Little Shop of Horrors
Delicious Theatre

A fresh take on this retro dark comedy, Delicious Theatre’s sadistic and sassy plant Audrey II takes on drag queen form. Little Shop of Horrors is conventionally typified by a hyper-masculine Dentist and overtly-feminine Audrey. What happens when Little Shop becomes a phenomenal genderfuck?

The Lucky Durhams
Youth Connection

Following on from the Fringe success of 2017 this talented company, who have performed in Europe and professional theatres, return with their emotive, hard-hitting play in remembrance of the Somme, featuring projection and special effects.

Only We Know Best
American High School Theatre Festival

A town hall meeting is the setting for this original musical, whose clever lyrics explore contemporary United States politics with good-natured wit and humor, poking fun at the ever-widening chasm between modern liberals and conservatives.

Parker and the City in the Sea
American High School Theatre Festival

Siblings Parker and Colleen struggle with grief and anger in a whimsical teen drama that goes from the halls of a high school to the depths of the ocean floor.

The Quest: A Fantasy Musical
Questing Vole Productions

When an evil sorceress steals a powerful object, a ragtag fellowship, led by an underachieving wizard, set off on a quest. Sit back as our tavern band whisk you away on a hilarious magical adventure.

Rat Race
Queen Mary Theatre Company

Rat Race is a dark tragicomedy set in a rat cage that is at the center of a badly handled experiment. The play addresses capitalism, the modern worker, consumer culture and of course, rats.

Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club

A new translation of the scandalous play from 1903 unveils intimate conversations between people before and after they have sex. Confrontational, physical and funny, it dissects the relentless mechanics of desire, gender roles and power imbalances of our time.

Z Theatre Company

Whitechapel, 1888. When the police discover the mutilated body of Mary Ann Nichols, a series of events take place that will change Whitechapel forever and provide an insight into the mind of history's most mysterious figure.

Same Old Same Oldies
Queen Mary Theatre Company

Three Northerners and three Southerners residing in one nursing home 80 years from now. How could they possibly get along? Sit back, relax and watch the barney unfold. These oldies are not quite what they seem.

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays
International Collegiate Theatre Festival presents Guilford College

Two little words, and suddenly your whole world changes. An A-list line-up of writers offer unique takes on the moments before, during, and after 'I do'.

Texas Beauty Pageant Murder: The Fall of Don Swan
International Collegiate Theatre Festival presents Southwestern University

The Fall of Don Swan – a twisted Texas tale of beauty, murder and big hair. A dramatic reenactment of the infamous 1945 pageant murder of Don Swan.

The Time Machine
Gone Rogue Productions

Adapted from the classic novel, The Time Traveller attempts to alter the moment of his greatest loss. Transported to a future abandoned to creatures of beauty and terror, he discovers time cannot be so easily meddled with.

Villain: DeBlanks
Villain: DeBlanks

You'll laugh your (body part)_____ off! A Time Out NY Critics’ Pick written by Billy Mitchell, Villain: DeBlanks is the uproarious improvisational whodunnit where the cast says words you put in their mouths. #VDBdoesEFF2018

Women Aren't Funny
Z Theatre Company

Parker has only ever dreamt of being a stand-up comedian. But there's only one problem: She's not funny. Join her on a comedic journey of self-discovery. Could she succeed? Or are women just not funny?


Space details

The venue consists of an 89 seat theatre with a thrust stage performance area of 7.2m deep by 3.6m wide on ground level. The central block of seating is raised and the space is blacked by drapes from all sides. A large dressing room is provided and set and prop storage space is available in the caverns underneath the church above. There is easy access to the building from Jeffrey Street for get-in and strikes.

A lighting rig of about 60 lanterns giving general cover and specials are available.

Audience capacity
Stage size
Stage is 4m x 8m in a thrust arrangement. The acting space is within and behind the four pillars
Stage height
Ground level
Overhead clearance
3.6m from stage to grid
Storage facilities
Storage space limited but can hold large/tall items. Large dressing room available, accessible from behind stage
Lighting facilities
Lighting rig provides a warm wash with specials including standard profiles and LED pars.
Sound facilities
Sound system suitable for playback of background music and sound effects