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

Katherine Ryan - Missus

Katherine Ryan - Missus

28th May 2022

Comedian and TV’s Katherine Ryan makes a hugely welcome return to the Edinburgh Playhouse with her brand-new live show, Missus on 28th May!
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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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Russell Howard

Russell Howard

13th July 2022

Russell Howard returns with his biggest globe-spanning stand-up tour to date! Catch him at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 13th 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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Edinburgh International Festival: Herbie Hancock

Edinburgh International Festival: Herbie Hancock

7th August 2022

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock makes his International Festival debut with a stunning performance of music spanning his 60 year career.
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Edinburgh International Festival: The Pulse

Edinburgh International Festival: The Pulse

8th August 2022 - 9th August 2022

Enjoy astonishing acrobatics combine with a live choir in this jaw-dropping, pulsating performance at Edinburgh Playhouse on 8th and 9th August.
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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 Music of Lord of the Rings and Beyond

The Music of Lord of the Rings and Beyond

3rd September 2022

Middle Earth is brought to life when The Music of Lord of the Rings and Beyond comes to Edinburgh Playhouse on Saturday 3rd September!
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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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Girl from the North Country

Girl from the North Country

18th October 2022 - 22nd October 2022

The double Olivier award-winning west end and Broadway smash-hit, Girl from the North Country, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in October as part of a major international tour!
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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 - SOLD OUT

The Proclaimers - SOLD OUT

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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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

14th December 2022 - 7th January 2023

The Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning production of My Fair Lady is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse this Christmas.
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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

24th January 2023 - 4th February 2023

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation Jersey Boys is working its way back round the UK and stops off at Edinburgh Playhouse!
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Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny 2.0

Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny 2.0

12th February 2023

Join Jimmy Carr for the ultimate comedy show when he brings his 'Terribly Funny' tour to Edinburgh Playhouse on Sunday 12th February!
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

1st March 2023

In Living Dangerously, Sir Ranulph Fiennes offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day.
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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory The Musical

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory The Musical

29th March 2023 - 15th April 2023

Roald Dahl's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory The Musical comes to Edinburgh Playhouse March/April 2023 and it is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses!
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Dara Ó Briain: So, Where Were We?

Dara Ó Briain: So, Where Were We?

22nd April 2023

Don't miss Dara Ó Briain when he brings his new show 'So, Where Were We?' to Edinburgh Playhouse on Saturday 22nd April 2023!
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The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

25th April 2023 - 29th April 2023

Discover why Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre when it comes to Edinburgh Playhouse.
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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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More Live Music Venues in Edinburgh

OX184

OX184

184-186 Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1JJ

Under the shadow of Edinburgh's South Bridge is OX184 a bar and late night and live music venue; renowned for its wood-fired grill, craft beer and whisky...
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Brig Below

Brig Below

96-98 Leith Walk, Leith EH6 5HB

Brig Below, established in 2017 in the heart of Leith, is a new cellar venue available for live music, comedy, private functions and more.
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The Caves Edinburgh

The Caves Edinburgh

8 - 12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1NS

The Caves is a truly unique venue that makes up the sub-structure of the 18th Century South Bridge. There is no venue more Edinburgh than the Caves, or...
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The Strawberry Barn

The Strawberry Barn

The Strawberry Barn Thistly Cross Roundabout, Dunbar EH42 1S

The Stawberry Barn is a unique Venue, Café, Farm Shop and Fruit Farm located in the Heart of East Lothian.
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Gilded Balloon Basement

Gilded Balloon Basement

204 Rose Street, Edinburgh New Town EH2 4AZ

Gilded Balloon's Basement specialises in curated seasonal programmes with a focus on Comedy and Theatre. Nestled in between the bars and restaurants of...
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Teviot Row House

Teviot Row House

13 Bristo Place, Edinburgh South EH8 9AJ

Teviot is the oldest purpose built Student Union in the world. It opened its doors in 1889 and it remains one of the most vibrant and well used Student...
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The Liquid Room

The Liquid Room

9C Victoria Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2HE

Live Music & Club VenueOpened in May 1997 The Liquidroom is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading venues for Gigs and Club nights. For over 17...
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Subway Cowgate

Subway Cowgate

69 Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1JW

Slap bang in the heart of the Cowgate this is the official party stop. All killer no filler every night with drinks prices that you’ll find hard to...
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Whiski Rooms

Whiski Rooms

4 - 7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2LP

WHISKI Rooms is a new concept venue in Edinburgh overlooking the Mound 4 -7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh. Comprising of three inter-linked units, a bar...
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Boteco Do Brasil Edinburgh

Boteco Do Brasil Edinburgh

47 Lothian Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1HB

Boteco is the perfect venue for your next gathering or celebration!
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