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18 - 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh New Town EH1 3AA
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Box Office 12-6pm Mon-Sat, 12-8pm on performance days.
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About Edinburgh Playhouse

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The Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts.

It was the largest cinema building ever built in Scotland and still survives in its original form. It was designed by architect John Fairweather as a ‘super cinema’ with an aim to include as many seats as possible whilst creating a unique experience for the audience members. It opened in the late 1920s and was designed originally with theatrical use in mind which is evidenced by the large stage and full sized fly tower. Its exterior is misleading as it is not clear how big the site actually is from looking at it outside. The Grand Circle is on the street level and the Stalls are accessed by steps down.

There are bars on all levels of The Edinburgh Playhouse, along with a number of suites that can be booked alongside your visit.

The Edinburgh Playhouse is one of the UK’s many haunted theatres. Staff members have reported seeing a man in grey known as Albert appearing on the sixth level of theatre, accompanied by a burst of cold air. His full identity isn’t known, but he is thought to be the ghost of a stage hand or night-watchman who killed himself in the building.

Upcoming Events

Danny Condon: Songs from the Black Sheep

Danny Condon: Songs from the Black Sheep

02 August 2017 - 26 August 2017
The Playhouse on the Fringe 2017 presents: Danny Condon and his hilarious caberet: Songs from the Black Sheep.
Carla Lippis - Cast A Dark Shadow

Carla Lippis - Cast A Dark Shadow

02 August 2017 - 26 August 2017
The Playhouse on the Fringe 2017 presents: Carla Lippis - Cast A Dark Shadow on from 2nd August.
Edinburgh International Festival: Nederlands Dans Theater

Edinburgh International Festival: Nederlands Dans Theater

21 August 2017 - 23 August 2017
Nederlands DansTheater presents a triple bill choreographed by Paul Lightfoot, Sol León and Gabriela Carrizo.
Edinburgh International Festival: Rain

Edinburgh International Festival: Rain

25 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rain is a powerfully emotional dance creation set to music by Steve Reich at Playhouse.
Grease

Grease

11 September 2017 - 16 September 2017
Grease comes to the Playhouse from 11th-16th September with Tom Parker from The Wanted playing ‘bad boy’ Danny.
Cilla - The Musical

Cilla - The Musical

19 September 2017 - 23 September 2017
Cilla - The Musical tells the story of the spectacular rise of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time!
Bon Iver

Bon Iver

27 September 2017 - 28 September 2017
Bon Iver are making their Playhouse debut this September as part of their much anticipated European Tour.
Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

03 October 2017 - 07 October 2017
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece Sunset Boulevard comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in October.
The Sensational 60s Experience

The Sensational 60s Experience

09 October 2017
The Sensational 60’s Experience, the most explosive 60’s show touring the UK, returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse.
The Carpenters Story

The Carpenters Story

10 October 2017
Catch The Carpenters at Edinburgh Playhous featuring all the songs that made the siblings legends in the music world.
The ELO Experience

The ELO Experience

11 October 2017
The ELO Experience, one of the world's foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra are at the Playhouse 11th Oct.
Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

12 October 2017
Come witness the magnificent beast that is Greg Davies on his first tour in four years at the Edinburgh Playhouse!
The Magic of Motown

The Magic of Motown

14 October 2017
Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town!
Jackson - Live in Concert

Jackson - Live in Concert

20 October 2017
Jackson - Live in Concert comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse for one night only on Friday 20th October 2017.
Midge Ure, The Christians, Altered Images

Midge Ure, The Christians, Altered Images

22 October 2017
Midge Ure, The Christians and Altered Images will be performing for one night only at the Playhouse on 22 October.
Million Dollar Quartet

Million Dollar Quartet

24 October 2017 - 28 October 2017
The worldwide smash-hit musical Million Dollar Quartet is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse and starring Martin Kemp!
Bring It On The Musical

Bring It On The Musical

30 October 2017 - 04 November 2017
Dive into a high-octane thrill ride where competitive cheerleading meets high school politics and teenage romance.
Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story

Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story

05 November 2017
Some Guys Have All The Luck celebrating the career of rocks greates icon Rod Stewart, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse.
Van Morrison

Van Morrison

06 November 2017
Van Morrison, one of the most revered and decorated musicians of recent times, is heading to the Edinburgh Playhouse.
The Dreamboys

The Dreamboys

07 November 2017
The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show for 2017! See them at Edinburgh Playhouse in Nov.
Jon Richardson: Old Man

Jon Richardson: Old Man

09 November 2017
Come and see Jon Richardson when he brings his 'Old Man' tour to the Edinburgh Playhouse in November!
Soul Legends

Soul Legends

10 November 2017
You'll be on your feet when the smash-hit spectacular... Soul Legends comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in November!
Shawn Klush - Elvis World Tour

Shawn Klush - Elvis World Tour

11 November 2017
Direct from the USA, the world’s most successful Elvis tribute artist of all time returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse!
Cabaret

Cabaret

14 November 2017 - 18 November 2017
Will Young and Louise Redknapp star in the multi-award winning production of Cabaret at Edinburgh Playhouse.
John Bishop: Winging It

John Bishop: Winging It

19 November 2017
Comedy superstar John Bishop is coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse with a brand new show WINGING IT November 2017!
Bowie Experience - The Golden Years Tour

Bowie Experience - The Golden Years Tour

22 November 2017
A must see for all David Bowie fans, Bowie Experience is a breathtaking concert celebrating his music.
Tango Moderno

Tango Moderno

23 November 2017 - 25 November 2017
The hot new stage spectacular from tango superstars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace comes to the Playhouse.
Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

26 November 2017
This is the very best of Jimmy Carr, don't miss the tour when it comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in November 2017.
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

28 November 2017 - 02 December 2017
Beautiful - The inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom comes to Edinburgh Playhouse.
Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

12 December 2017 - 07 January 2018
Shrek the Musical, the must-see show for all the family, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse for Christmas! Age 5+.
A Country Night in Nashville

A Country Night in Nashville

12 January 2018
A Country Night in Nashville is an incredible celebration of country music at a night out not to be missed!
Showaddywaddy

Showaddywaddy

13 January 2018
Come and join the Dancing Party when Showaddywaddy bring their show to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 13th January.
Flashdance

Flashdance

15 January 2018 - 20 January 2018
Flashdance - The Musical, with its phenomenal choreography, comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in January 2018.
This Is Elvis

This Is Elvis

12 February 2018 - 17 February 2018
'This Is Elvis' celebrates 50 years since the phenomenon of the first live TV special for Elvis Presley.
Icons of the 80s - Go West, Nik Kershaw & Cutting Crew

Icons of the 80s - Go West, Nik Kershaw & Cutting Crew

18 February 2018
The 80's are back as Go West, Nik Kershaw and Cutting Crew join forces for a truly incredible concert experience.
The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

20 February 2018 - 24 February 2018
The Sound of Music, one of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a wonderfully lavish production.
The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas

The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas

26 February 2018 - 03 March 2018
The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas is still the coolest party in town and it's coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse!
Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

05 March 2018 - 10 March 2018
The legendary Blood Brothers written by Willy Russell comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in March 2018.
Hairspray the Musical

Hairspray the Musical

12 March 2018 - 17 March 2018
The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to venues across the UK including a run at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Romeo and Juliet

Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Romeo and Juliet

20 March 2018
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia brings Shakespeare’s tale of passion and tragedy to life at Edinburgh Playhouse.
Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Cinderella

Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Cinderella

21 March 2018
The world’s favourite rags to riches fairy-tale is brought to the Playhouse by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.
Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Snow Maiden

Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Snow Maiden

22 March 2018
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia brings the exquisite Snow Maiden to Edinburgh Playhouse on 22nd March.
Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Swan Lake

Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Swan Lake

23 March 2018 - 24 March 2018
Swan Lake, the greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to Edinburgh Playhouse by the Russian State Ballet.
Girls Night Oot

Girls Night Oot

25 March 2018
Join the girls on a hen night that you won’t forget with a smash hit retro soundtrack at Edinburgh Playhouse.
Ellen Kent’s La Traviata

Ellen Kent’s La Traviata

29 March 2018
Ellen Kent’s La Traviata, The love story that gripped Paris, is back by popular demand at Edinburgh Playhouse in 2018.
Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly

Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly

30 March 2018 - 31 March 2018
Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production of Madama Butterfly at Edinburgh Playhouse.
Crazy For You

Crazy For You

03 April 2018 - 07 April 2018
Critically acclaimed and gloriously glamorous musical Crazy For You starring Tom Chambers comes to the Playhouse!
Russell Brand

Russell Brand

10 April 2018
The quite incredible Russell Brand will be stopping at the Playhouse in April as part of his brand new tour Re:Birth.
Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is

Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is

11 April 2018
The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 11th April.
The Chicago Blues Brothers

The Chicago Blues Brothers

13 April 2018
The Chicago Blues Brothers are back with a their back-in-black tour at the Edinburgh Playhouse 13th April.
That’ll Be the Day

That’ll Be the Day

14 April 2018
The UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That’ll Be The Day comes to Edinburgh Playhouse with a brand new show.
Fat Friends

Fat Friends

19 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
The hit TV show Fat Friends, from Kay Mellor, is bursting onto the stage in a brand new musical at the Playhouse.
Jason Manford - Muddle Class

Jason Manford - Muddle Class

03 May 2018
He’s back! Jason Manford will bring his 2018 'Muddle Class' tour to Edinburgh Playhouse in May 2018.
The Illegal Eagles

The Illegal Eagles

05 May 2018
Tribute band to the Hotel California songsters, The Illegal Eagles return to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 5th May 2018.
Wicked

Wicked

08 May 2018 - 09 June 2018
WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse from 8th May - 9th June 2018!
The Band

The Band

10 July 2018 - 14 July 2018
Brand new British musical, The Band, featuring the songs of Take That comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in 2018.