Edinburgh People’s Theatre (EPT) has been performing in the Edinburgh area since 1943 following their conception by Scottish playwright Andrew P. Wilson. With a membership of over 80, we perform across a variety of venues including the Churchill Theatre in Morningside and Mayfield Salisbury Church Hall, not far from our long standing premises on Mayfield Gardens.  

In 1943, the club was pretty different from the one we know today. The country was in the grip of World War II and Edinburgh People’s Theatre provided a relief for workers who were not fighting or servicemen who were on leave or injured. It was a club for the people of Edinburgh – in the beginning the club had links to the Labour party and the Co-operative movement. 

 Throughout the 50s and 60s, EPT enjoyed a very successful couple of decades, performing to great crowds and opening its membership to one or two famous faces. In 1966, we were lucky enough to stage the World Premiere of Sir Compton MacKenzie’s Whisky Galore.

 Well into our 75th year, we continue to go from strength to strength, with an ever-growing members list and some exciting shows on the horizon. We’re proud to be the longest performing theatre group at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and enjoy our 68th consecutive pantomime in 2018. We will continue to serve the people of Edinburgh and beyond by doing something we love. 

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Find out more about the history of Edinburgh People's Theatre, its founder and how we have changed over the years.

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We like to think we're not half bad and luckily - others do too! Find out more about the awards we have won over the years. 

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People is what we are all about! Read about some of our weel-kent faces (current and past) who have all been members of EPT.

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Find out more about the types of shows we perform, where we perform them and links to what we will be doing next.


Read more about some of the famous faces that started their career at Edinburgh People's Theatre.

"In September, we were delighted to hear that Sir Compton Mackenzie had agreed to become our sponsor."

Secretary͛s Report to the AGM for Season 1958/59