The Traverse Theatre is a theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was founded in 1963.
The Traverse Theatre commissions and develops new plays or adaptations from contemporary playwrights. It also presents a large number of productions from visiting companies from across the UK. These include new plays, adaptations, dance, physical theatre, puppetry and contemporary music. ^
The Traverse is a pivotal venue in Edinburgh and this is particularly the case during the Edinburgh Festivals in August – positioned as it is between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival. The Traverse is also the home of the Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, the Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival and the Traverse’s own Autumn Festival.