Assembly creates a new hub for Edinburgh 2011

Tuesday, 3 May, 2011

An Assembly Spiegeltent in 2010

Assembly has been integral to the Edinburgh Fringe for the last 30 years, during which time it has presented many major names in the arts and entertainment industry.

The closure of the Assembly Rooms on George Street for renovations means that it is to move its centre of operations from George Street to a new hub in George Square, where it will operate seven venues. There will be three spiegeltents in George Square Gardens – the Bosco Tent (180), the Dans Palais (250-275) and the Teatro spiegeltent (400).

Here will also be a Luminarium from Architects of Air. Around George Square there will be four indoor venues: George Square Theatre (520), two theatres in the David Hume building and a temporary theatre in a garage One (275), Two (160) & Three (122).  The whole site will be linked, creating an environment around the entire east side of George Square. This, in addition to the Assembly Hall on the mound which boasts three theatres (Hall, Rainy Hall & Baillie Room), means that Assembly will have ten performance spaces and a programme of around one hundred shows from small scale to major showcases founded on theatre and comedy, but bringing in a vital mix of other genres including children, circus, music, dance and cabaret.

Assembly now represents 20% of the entire Fringe box office, generating in the region of £15 million worth of visitor spend every year. The quality of the work has been exceptional and this success is rewarded with accolades from the press and countless awards.

Assembly is committed to providing the highest possible production values, service and facilities to audiences, companies and visiting promoters/producers.



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