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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 at 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.
The Simon and Garfunkel Story

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

29 January 2018
Direct from its success in London's West End, The Simon and Garfunkel Story is back...catch it at Edinburgh Playhouse.
Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook

Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook

31 January 2018
Someone Like You - The Adele Songbook will take you on a soul-stirring journey from break up to make up!
Whitney - Queen of the Night

Whitney - Queen of the Night

01 February 2018
Whitney - Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of her music and life on at Edinburgh Playhouse 1st February.
One Night of Queen

One Night of Queen

02 February 2018
One Night of Queen recreates the sound and showmanship of rock legends Queen! See it at Edinburgh Playhouse.
Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael

Fastlove - A Tribute to George Michael

03 February 2018
Relive the passion, the flare and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this tribute show at the Playhouse.
Soul Unlimited: Heatwave, Odyssey, Jaki Graham & Gwen Dickey

Soul Unlimited: Heatwave, Odyssey, Jaki Graham & Gwen Dickey

04 February 2018
Don't miss the Soul Unlimited tour when it arrives at Edinburgh Playhouse on 4th February!
Tanguera

Tanguera

06 February 2018 - 10 February 2018
Experience the passion, drama and breath-taking dancing in this award winning show at Edinburgh Playhouse in February.
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.
Abba Mania

Abba Mania

25 February 2018
Dig out those platforms, dust down those flares as ABBA Mania comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in February!
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.
Justin’s Band

Justin’s Band

01 April 2018
Join Justin Fletcher and his friends when his brand new show 'Justin’s Band' comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 1st April!
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.
Roy Orbison - In Dreams - The Hologram UK Tour

Roy Orbison - In Dreams - The Hologram UK Tour

12 April 2018
Roy Orbison In Dreams will recreate the legendary icon in holographic imaging, catch the tour at Edinburgh Playhouse!
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.
Gary Barlow in Concert

Gary Barlow in Concert

16 April 2018 - 17 April 2018
Gary Barlow had announced a tour for 2018 which includes two nights at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 16th & 17th April!
My Dad Wrote A Porno Live

My Dad Wrote A Porno Live

18 April 2018
Hear the hilarious My Dad Wrote A Porno live as the team behind the smash hit podcast take their sell-out show ON TOUR.
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.
Sheridan Smith

Sheridan Smith

26 April 2018
Sheridan Smith is coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse on Thursday 26th April as part of her debut UK tour.
Faulty Towers Dining Experience

Faulty Towers Dining Experience

27 April 2018 - 28 April 2018
The world famous Faulty Towers Dining Experience comes to the Bistro at Edinburgh Playhouse for two days only in April!
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 Carpenters Story

The Carpenters Story

04 May 2018
Catch award-winning The Carpenters Story when it returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 4th May.
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!
Titanic The Musical

Titanic The Musical

12 June 2018 - 16 June 2018
Winning sweeping critical acclaim across the board, Titanic The Musical comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in June 2018.
Summer Holiday

Summer Holiday

19 June 2018 - 23 June 2018
The Hit 1960's film starring Cliff Richard is now a feel-good stage musical and comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in June.
The Waterboys

The Waterboys

29 June 2018
The Waterboys have added more dates to their 2018 spring tour and are coming to Edinburgh Playhouse on 29th June.
An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical

02 July 2018 - 07 July 2018
The UK tour of An Officer and a Gentleman – The Musical will be coming to Edinburgh Playhouse in July '18.
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.
Dave Gorman - With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint

Dave Gorman - With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint

09 September 2018
Dave Gorman is back on the road and brings his new show to the Edinburgh Playhouse in September.
Benidorm Live

Benidorm Live

17 September 2018 - 22 September 2018
Check-in to the Solana for a dose of Benidorm sunshine and see your favourite stars live on stage for the first time at Edinburgh Playhouse.
Kevin Bridges - The Brand New Tour

Kevin Bridges - The Brand New Tour

26 September 2018 - 30 September 2018
Assemble the troops! Kevin Bridges, is back with his hotly anticipated 2018 tour: Brand New and it's coming to The Edinburgh Playhouse!
Madagascar – A Musical Adventure

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure

02 October 2018 - 06 October 2018
Madagascar – A Musical Adventure is coming out of the zoo and into the Edinburgh Playhouse as part of a UK tour!
Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots

10 December 2018 - 05 January 2019
Don't miss the ultimate night out when the Kinky Boots tour comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in December 2018!