Edinburgh Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Find out what's on at the Edinburgh Playhouse and book your tickets online with What's On Edinburgh!

Edinburgh Playhouse

About Edinburgh Playhouse

18 - 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh New Town EH1 3AA
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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.

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Upcoming Events at Edinburgh Playhouse

Whitney - Queen of the Night

Whitney - Queen of the Night

4th December 2021

Queen of the Night is a stunning celebration of the music and life of Whitney Houston, one of the greatest singers of our time!
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Shagged. Married. Annoyed. with Chris & Rosie Ramsey

Shagged. Married. Annoyed. with Chris & Rosie Ramsey

5th December 2021

For the first time ever Chris and Rosie Ramsey are bringing their smash hit podcast, Shagged. Married. Annoyed., live to venues this December... catch them at the Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Heathers The Musical

Heathers The Musical

7th December 2021 - 11th December 2021

Following two smash hit record breaking London West End seasons, Heathers The Musical embarks on its first national tour and comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in December 2021.
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White Christmas - The Musical

White Christmas - The Musical

14th December 2021 - 2nd January 2022

Make it a magical family Christmas in 2021 as the spectacular brand-new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas lights up Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Islands In The Stream

Islands In The Stream

16th January 2022

Enjoy a superb score and supreme musicianship with the ultimate tribute to two country music legends - Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers!
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Waitress

Waitress

18th January 2022 - 22nd January 2022

Broadway and West End musical Waitress will visit Edinburgh Playhouse from 18th to 22nd January 2022 on its first ever UK tour.
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Jason Manford - Like Me

Jason Manford - Like Me

23rd January 2022

It's been a busy few years for Jason Manford since his last smash-hit stand up show, but now he's back with 'Like Me', catch him at Edinburgh Playhouse on 23rd January 2022!
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School of Rock - The Musical

School of Rock - The Musical

25th January 2022 - 29th January 2022

School of Rock - The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit, award-winning West End show, is coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse in January 2022!
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The Dolls: A Rerr Terr

The Dolls: A Rerr Terr

6th February 2022

Comedy stars Louise McCarthy and Gayle Telfer Stevens are 'back in the overalls' as Scotland's favourite cleaners 'The Dolls' return with a brand new show, catch it at Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Bat Out of Hell

Bat Out of Hell

8th February 2022 - 19th February 2022

Direct from electrifying audiences in London, Toronto, Germany and New York, Jim Steinman’s spectacular musical Bat Out of Hell comes to Edinburgh Playhouse as part of a UK tour.
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That’ll Be the Day

That’ll Be the Day

21st February 2022

The UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That’ll Be The Day comes to Edinburgh Playhouse on 21st February!
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Russell Howard

Russell Howard

22nd February 2022

Russell Howard returns with his biggest globe-spanning stand-up tour to date! Catch him at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 22nd February!
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The Magic of Motown

The Magic of Motown

26th February 2022

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town!
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Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody

Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody

27th February 2022

Celebrate Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury at the smash hit film as you have never experienced it before!
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Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman

Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman

27th February 2022

Singalonga Productions returns with the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing - The Greatest Showman!
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Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicombe

28th February 2022

Josh Widdicombe is back with a brand new stand up tour including a date at the Edinburgh Playhouse in February 2022.
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Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

2nd March 2022

The ever-dazzling International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, is returning to Edinburgh Playhouse with 'Glamonatrix', her most lavish show yet, on 2nd March 2022.
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Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Romeo and Juliet

Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Romeo and Juliet

3rd March 2022

Prepare to be spellbound by the dazzling Russian State Ballet of Siberia when it brings Romeo and Juliet to Edinburgh Playhouse in March 2022!
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Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Swan Lake

Russian State Ballet of Siberia - Swan Lake

4th March 2022 - 5th March 2022

From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.
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Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners

Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners

8th March 2022

Following its sold out smash hit debut tour, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners returns with an even bigger production, catch it at Edinburgh Playhouse on 8th March!
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The ELO Experience

The ELO Experience

10th March 2022

The ELO Experience are the world's foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra! Don't miss this chance to see them live at Edinburgh Playhouse on March 10th!
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Jack Dee - Off the Telly

Jack Dee - Off the Telly

12th March 2022

Join Jack Dee for an evening of entertainment (food and beverages not included) when he brings his new stand-up tour to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 12th March 2022!
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You Win Again - Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees

You Win Again - Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees

13th March 2022

Direct from London’s West End: You Win Again is out on tour – Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees and stops off at Edinburgh Playhouse on Sunday 13th March 2022!
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Hairspray the Musical

Hairspray the Musical

14th March 2022 - 19th March 2022

The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray returns to Edinburgh Playhouse for one week only. Don't miss it!
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Van Morrison

Van Morrison

23rd March 2022

Van Morrison, one of the world’s most celebrated and inspirational singer/songwriters, is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse on Wednesday 23rd March!
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Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Lycett? How Do You Lycett?

Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Lycett? How Do You Lycett?

25th March 2022 - 26th March 2022

Join Joe Lycett (the artist formerly known as Hugo Boss) at Edinburgh Playhouse doing what he does best: talking at a room of people in a queer and comedic fashion!
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My Best Friend’s Wedding The Musical - POSTPONED

My Best Friend’s Wedding The Musical - POSTPONED

29th March 2022 - 2nd April 2022

The smash-hit 90s movie My Best Friend’s Wedding is now a brand new, wickedly funny, musical comedy and you’re invited to watch it at Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

5th April 2022 - 16th April 2022

Let your soul sing with the dazzling multi-award winning Dreamgirls, coming to Edinburgh Playhouse for the first time in 2022!
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Marti Pellow - Greatest Hits Tour

Marti Pellow - Greatest Hits Tour

17th April 2022

Get your dancing shoes on – it’s time to party with Marti as he brings his Greatest Hits tour to the Edinburgh Playhouse on Sunday 17th April!
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Alan Partridge Live

Alan Partridge Live

Selected dates between 26th April 2022 - 26th May 2022

Join Alan Partridge, live on stage, (though patrons are asked not to join Alan live on stage) as he brings his new show STRATAGEM to Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Ellen Kent’s Tosca

Ellen Kent’s Tosca

28th April 2022

Don't miss this award winning Ellen Kent Production of Puccini's Tosca with with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra!
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Ellen Kent’s Carmen

Ellen Kent’s Carmen

29th April 2022

This dazzling production with orchestra features Bizet’s unforgettable melodies including The Toreador’s Song, Carmen’s enticing Habanera, and Don José’s lyrical Flower Song!
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Ellen Kent’s Madama Butterfly

Ellen Kent’s Madama Butterfly

30th April 2022

This award-winning Opera returns in a new production with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.
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The Illegal Eagles

The Illegal Eagles

1st May 2022

Following continued public demand the World’s Official No.1 tribute to the legendary rock band return to Edinburgh Playhouse in 2022!
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Derren Brown - Showman

Derren Brown - Showman

3rd May 2022 - 7th May 2022

Derren Brown, master of mind-control and psychological illusion returns to amaze, astonish and enthral audiences in Edinburgh with his brand new show, Showman!
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The Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour

The Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour

8th May 2022

The best Elvis show in the world… just got even better. Don't miss it when it stops off at Edinburgh Playhouse on 8th May!
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Keith Urban

Keith Urban

9th May 2022

Country music legend Keith Urban is back with the highly anticipated 'The Speed Of Now World Tour' and brings it to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 9th May 2022!
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Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

10th May 2022 - 14th May 2022

We promise you a night of outrageous rock ‘n’ roll debauchery at the biggest party in town when the smash hit musical 'Rock of Ages' returns to Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Brydon, Mack and Mitchell - Town To Town

Brydon, Mack and Mitchell - Town To Town

23rd May 2022

Join Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell for an unmissable evening of chat, comedy and general messing around as they bring their Town To Town tour to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 23rd May!
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Menopause The Musical 2

Menopause The Musical 2

27th May 2022

All aboard and we’ll have you laughing, singing and maybe even dancing on-stage, as you join us for Menopause The Musical® 2 - Cruising Through Menopause!
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Disney’s The Lion King

Disney’s The Lion King

2nd June 2022 - 2nd July 2022

The story of THE LION KING is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.
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Alan Carr: Regional Trinket

Alan Carr: Regional Trinket

8th July 2022 - 9th July 2022

Join Alan Carr as he brings his brand-new stand-up show ‘Regional Trinket’ to Edinburgh Playhouse in July 2022!
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A Country Night in Nashville

A Country Night in Nashville

10th July 2022

A Country Night in Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of Country Music, returns to Edinburgh Playhouse.
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Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story

Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story

12th July 2022

Some Guys Have All the Luck, celebrating the career of rock icon Rod Stewart, returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 12th July!
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Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Live Show

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Live Show

15th July 2022 - 17th July 2022

The Award-Winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs. Brown’s Boys have announced a live return to Edinburgh in 2022 with ‘Mrs Brown D’ Live Show.
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Footloose

Footloose

19th July 2022 - 23rd July 2022

Following two critically acclaimed tours and a West End run, Footloose is back and better than ever with the incredible Gareth Gates as loveable cowboy Willard!
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Girls Night Oot!

Girls Night Oot!

24th July 2022

Join the girls on a hen night that you won’t forget with a smash hit retro soundtrack from 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and now when it returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse.
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The Carpenters Story

The Carpenters Story

25th July 2022

Catch the highly acclaimed, award-winning Carpenters Story when it returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse in 2022!
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Billionaire Boy

Billionaire Boy

28th July 2022 - 30th July 2022

From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny and Horrible Histories comes this amazing new production of David Walliams' best-selling story comes to Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Paw Patrol Live

Paw Patrol Live

3rd August 2022

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” brings everybody’s favourite pups to the Edinburgh Playhouse stage for an action packed, high-energy, musical adventure!
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Forth on The Fringe

Forth on The Fringe

5th August 2022 - 6th August 2022

Forth on the Fringe is our annual one stop shop for all the essential acts you need to see at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Catch it at Edinburgh Playhouse on 5th and 6th August 2022!
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Professor Brian Cox: Horizons World Tour

Professor Brian Cox: Horizons World Tour

1st September 2022

Having set two Guinness World Records with his previous sell-out World Tour, Professor Brian Cox is back with a brand-new Arena show for 2022 which will come to the Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Jane McDonald: Let the Light In

Jane McDonald: Let the Light In

2nd September 2022

Jane McDonald is back at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 2nd September 2022 with her brand new show 'Let the Light In'!
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The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series Three Tour

The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Series Three Tour

9th September 2022

Expect a night of endless extravaganza as all 12 queens from Series Three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK werk their way across the country including a date at Edinburgh Playhouse!
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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

13th September 2022 - 8th October 2022

The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash-hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse in 2022!
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

25th October 2022 - 29th October 2022

The smash-hit London Palladium production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Edinburgh Playhouse from 25th to 29th October 2022!
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The Commitments

The Commitments

28th November 2022 - 3rd December 2022

Don't miss The Commitments when it comes to Edinburgh Playhouse as part of a UK and Ireland tour!
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The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers

9th December 2022 - 10th December 2022

A year later than originally planned, The Proclaimers have announced a UK & Ireland tour for 2022! Don't miss them live at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 9th & 10th December!
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Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom

8th May 2023 - 13th May 2023

With direction from dancer, choreographer, theatre director and Britain’s favourite TV Judge, Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Ballroom the Musical will be foxtrotting into Edinburgh in May 2023.
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Whiski Bar & Restaurant

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Henrys Cellar Bar

Henrys Cellar Bar

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Henry's Cellar Bar is one of Edinburgh's longest running independent venues. A central, intimate basement bar with a grass roots feeling hosting a varied...
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Malones Edinburgh

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Brewhemia

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Brewhemia is a special kind of place. It’s a place steeped in legend, rich cultural history and globe-trotting adventures. We are based on Market Street...
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La Belle Angele

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The Mash House

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The Bluebird Cafe

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Baobab Bar and Eatery

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Cosy bar and eatery located in the heart of the West End of Edinburgh. Tables and booth seating with a wide range of drinks and tasty street food style food.
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The Bongo Club

The Bongo Club

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The Bongo Club is a nightclub, gig and events venue, an all-round artistic hub, with residencies from Scotland's most notorious club nights. Owned by...
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