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

2 Guys, 3 Drams: The Ultimate Live Blues and Whisky Experience
The Rhythm and Booze Project

Join duo The Rhythm and Booze Project as they play raucous blues music and serve three superb Scotch whiskies. Expect whisky, music, mischief. 2022 Fringe sell-out show. (

And Then The Rodeo Burned Down
Chloe and Natasha

The rodeo is the best place in the world. Why would anybody burn it down? Alleged arson fractures into two clowns desperately trying to afford to put on a show.

The Awesome 80s Prom
AHSTF by WorldStrides presents The Woodlands High School Theater

Take a trip back to 1989 and dance the night away at Wanaget High. This immersive experience follows every American teenager's favourite right of passage: prom night!

The Caravel
Cuttin’ Aboot Theatre Co Ltd

The year is 1990. The tunes are banging, the drinks are cheap. Join us at The Caravel pub, where at one table sits a group of teenage girls, entering adulthood, dealing with the changes within themselves and their friends. Meanwhile, Glasgow's biggest gangsters are plotting and planning only a table away.

Colonel Anne: Jacobite Heroine
Duns Players

A heroine of the 1745 Jacobite Rising, Colonel Anne defied her husband, raised troops for Bonnie Prince Charlie, saved his life, and lost her warrior-lover at Culloden. A true story of passion, courage and female independence.

Cox and Box
Velocirapture Productions

A landlord lets the same flat out to two men: one at work all day, the other all night. But when they discover each other, the landlord’s scheme falls apart.

The Drowsy Chaperone
AHSTF by WorldStrides presents Charter Oak High School

The Drowsy Chaperone kicks off when a die-hard musical theatre fan plays the record of his favourite show and the musical magically bursts to life. We are instantly immersed in a familiar feeling and hilarious tale.

The Feed
ICTF by WorldStrides presents Freed-Hardeman University

In this surreal comedy, the appearance of a slow cooker in a parking lot sends a social-media artist over the edge. The Feed merges The X-Files, Facebook posts during Covid lockdowns, and Lovecraft.

Berlin Open Theatre

Frankenstein: a timeless classic that explores the troubling themes of creation, responsibility, and morality. Featuring an international ensemble of immigrant performers, this production closely examines the role of social alienation within this iconic story.

Goldsmiths University of London: Musical Theatre Summer Camp Cabaret
Goldsmiths University of London: Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance

An eclectic mix of solo and ensemble song and dance pieces from some of West End's best-loved musicals. Showcase performance by students of Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Summer Camp.

Goldsmiths University of London: Musical Theatre Summer Camp Cabaret
Goldsmiths University of London: Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance

An eclectic mix of solo and ensemble song and dance pieces from some of West End's best-loved musicals. Showcase performance by students of Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Summer Camp.

Grandfather Frog's Tales of the Meadow
ICTF by WorldStrides presents SFA School of Theatre and Dance

Grandfather Frog knows the important stuff about everybody who lives around the meadow. Do you know why frogs don't have tails? Featuring tales of different animals solving problems together.

AHSTF by WorldStrides presents Western Center Academy

This award-winning production moves Anton Chekhov's The Seagull to an American high school. This original adaptation explores the ridiculousness and tragedy of teen life during the age of social media.

Emerge Production House

An interactive, musical, dark comedy where audience members will decide on the actors' destiny. It dives into how living under different cultural rules can eventually alter feelings and alienate you from a country or a planet you thought you were part of.

The Impresario
Velocirapture Productions

It's 1930 and "talkies" are taking off – a film producer has the daunting task of bringing opera to the masses through the silver screen, made more challenging by diva two sopranos who both insist on top billing!

Watershed Productions

Nel talks about sex with the confidence of an expert. Chloe struggles to talk about sex at all. But this conversation will take them somewhere neither of them could have expected. An intimate exploration of female sexuality and pleasure.

High Drama Productions

Emma Hamilton: the world's first celebrity. Rags to riches and back to rags, this edgy and energetic new musical tells how Emma was promoted and then ruined by the press – a familiar tale that nobody has heard of.

Nearly Lear
Susanna Hamnett

In this award-winning, one-woman tour-de-force, Susanna Hamnett plays King Lear's Fool – and every other character – to tell a story that is by turns poignant, mischievous, tragic, and hilarious. 'A virtuosic performer' (New York Times).

Nunsense – The Mega Musical
AHSTF by WorldStrides presents Alonso HS Theatre

What happens when a convent of nuns have to raise money to bury their sisters who died in an unfortunate cooking incident? Nunsense is a musical cornucopia of hilarity for the whole family.

The Quest to Save Neverland: Peter Pan and the Lost Souls Epic Tale
AHSTF by WorldStrides presents Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School

The Quest to Save Neverland: Peter Pan and the Lost Souls Epic Tale. Neverland is losing the magic necessary to survive and children's belief is fading.

She Kills Monsters
AHSTF by WorldStrides presents PDS Theater

Reality blurs when Agnes finds her late sister's Dungeons & Dragons notebook. She embarks on a high-octane quest, coming face-to-face with homicidal fairies, raunchy ogres and blood-thirsty cheerleaders, discovering a side of her sister she never knew...

Sit or Kneel
Sit or Kneel Productions

'Being a vicar is no longer my sexy pick up line. It's me.' Follow Margot’s grapple with the trials and tribulations of parish life, sex (or lack) and loneliness in this hilarious one-woman coming of age romp.

Surely Goodness
ICTF presents HPU School of Music and Fine Arts

Surely Goodness is a delightful play with music telling the story of a very special dog named Goodness. With live musical instruments, puppetry, and a deeply human story of love and loss, this play is a treat.

William Golding's Lord of the Flies – Adapted for the Stage by Nigel Williams
AHSTF by WorldStrides presents St Francis High School Theatre

This is the classic tale about a group of English boys who find themselves without adult supervision when their plane crashes in a deserted island.


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
Detailed spec
Full specification