The countdown has begun for the much anticipated development of the Eastgate Theatre auditorium and foyer. On Saturday 15 June the Eastgate building will close and the staff, box office, and classes all move to new bases in Peebles.

Staff and box office will operate from 23 High St, Peebles EH45 8AG (the former Tourist Information Office), selling tickets and planning the exciting first season in the new auditorium.  Engage classes in all sorts of arts for children and adults will be held in Peebles Scout Hall, off Dean Park.

Updates on the transformation of the auditorium, development of the foyer/café and season plans will be available from 23 High Street and on this site.

The Eastgate café is scheduled to re-open on Monday 12 August, the auditorium on Sunday 8 September.  We look forward to welcoming you to the next phase in the life of the Borders’ busiest theatre …


In addition to the improvements to the auditorium the café/foyer area will be significantly improved by the repositioning of the main entrance and the creation of a “snug” area designed (with advice from Dementia Friends Scotland) to help us continue to improve our accessibility.

This phase of the Eastgate Development Project will deliver:

  • A new front entrance, with double automatic doors
  • A new snug area in the café with theatre seats
  • A completely new raked seating bank
  • Alterations to the walls on the side galleries to improve sight lines
  • Replacement of the gallery seating so that the seats are angled to the stage
  • Hand grabs in the aisle of the raked auditorium seating bank
  • Lighting on all of the auditorium stairs to improve safety
  • Upgrading of the heating/air handling system

The Eastgate gratefully acknowledges funding by:

Eastgate Community
Eastgate - Engage Programme