Church Hill Theatre, built in 1892, was formerly Morningside Free Church. By 1929, this was converted to the Morningside High Church and in 1960 the building was vacated as a result of the merger between Morningside High Church and Morningside Parish Church.


The transformation from Church to theatre then began in the early 1960's when Edinburgh Corporation purchased the building for £6,000.  Scottish actor, Tom Fleming, officially opened Church Hill Theatre in 1965 and the first performance to celebrate was Oscar Wilde's ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by The Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA).


Church Hill Theatre is currently recognized as one of Scotland’s leading venues for non-professional drama, dance and music. Audiences for the theatre currently average 67,000 annually, with 1,000 performers participating in events, and over 500 volunteers regularly assisting with various aspects of production and front of house. The venue is currently used by many of the city's amateur theatre companies including Lothian Youth Arts, Tempo, SMYCMS, Edinburgh Music Theatre Company and Showcase in addition to being the home of American High School Theatre Festival during the Festival Fringe.



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