Eden Court is the theatre and entertainment venue for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We present a wide ranging and varied programme of live performances and films, as well as providing the largest programme of creative learning of any UK theatre.
Our programme ranges from full scale opera to rock music, from large scale drama to stand up comedy and from international modern dance to local community companies. We have two state-of-the-art cinemas, showing popular blockbusters, art house film and specialist cinema from around the world. Eden Court is home to both the Inverness Film Festival and one of Scotland’s most popular Christmas pantomimes. We deliver our creative learning programme throughout the region.
During the last few years Eden Court has become a great success story. We have achieved consistent and substantial growth in audience numbers and are highly respected by our two major revenue funders – the Highland Council and Creative Scotland.
Eden Court serves the whole of the Highlands of Scotland (an area similar in size to Wales). Over 30% of our audience travel for more than 90 minutes to attend a performance so we pride ourselves on looking after our audience and ensuring that their remarkable loyalty is repaid.
Whether you focus on our unique creative learning programme, the size of the region we serve or the variety of our programme, there really is no other theatre like us in Britain.
The Eden Court building
Eden Court Theatre was designed by Law and Dunbar Naismith and opened in 1976. It combined a new theatre and foyer space with dressing room and office accommodation in an 1878 building that was originally the residence for the Bishop of Inverness. The building was significantly extended and refurbished in 2007 with design by Page \ Park. It is now the largest arts centre in Scotland and has won a number of architecture, design and environmental awards. It is a Grade A listed building. We have a main house of 850 seats (The Empire), a second smaller theatre with 250 seats (The OneTouch Theatre); two cinemas (La Scala and The Playhouse); two studios and 15 dressing rooms. Eden Court is also home to a restaurant, bars, visual arts spaces and conference facilities.
Eden Court staff
Our staff include some of the most experienced, professional and skilful working in theatre throughout the UK. We offer competitive rates of pay, a contributory pension scheme, beautiful premises and a relaxed and informal working environment in which you will be able to make a valuable contribution.
Inverness and the Highlands
Inverness was awarded city status in 2000. It enjoys one of the fastest growth rates in Europe but has many of the advantages associated with both small town and big city living. It is small enough to be friendly and to have retained its community feeling but large enough to have the facilities and events you would expect to find in any modern city.
Inverness is the capital of the Highlands of Scotland which contain some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. The Highlands can be enjoyed peacefully or for the more adventurous they are seen as the “outdoor capital of Europe.”