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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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The Edinburgh Playhouse is the UK's largest all-seated theatre, with a capacity of 2,286. The Playhouse was built in 1929 and is a Grade A listed building. It is a popular venue for touring musicals, plays, comedy, and concerts.

The Playhouse has hosted a number of high-profile productions over the years, including Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Lion King. It has also been the venue for a number of world premieres, including The Bodyguard and Billy Elliot the Musical.

The Playhouse is a popular tourist destination and is often featured in films and television shows. It is also a popular venue for corporate events and weddings.

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

Johannes Radebe: House of JoJo

21st April 2024

Join TV Dance Sensation Johannes Radebe and a host of eclectic characters in this brand-new theatrical celebration at Edinburgh Playhouse on Sunday 21st April!

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Madagascar The Musical

25th April 2024 - 27th April 2024

Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage when live musical spectacular Madagascar The Musical comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in April!

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The Drifters Girl

30th April 2024 - 4th May 2024

The Drifters Girl, the acclaimed new musical which tells the remarkable story of The Drifters and the woman who made them, is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse in April 2024!

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The Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour

14th May 2024

Direct from the USA, the world’s biggest, best and most successful Elvis tribute show comes to Edinburgh Playhouse on Tuesday 14th May!

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The Psychology Of Serial Killers with Jennifer Rees

15th May 2024

Join expert forensics lecturer Jennifer Rees at Edinburgh Playhouse to explore one of Forensic Psychology’s most troubling topics!

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Romesh Ranganathan: Hustle

16th May 2024 - 17th May 2024

After a sell-out tour in 2022, Romesh Ranganathan is back with a brand-new show examining the human condition. Join him at Edinburgh Playhouse on 16th & 17th May 2024!

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

18th May 2024

Don’t miss your chance to see Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals UK Tour when it returns to Edinburgh Playhouse in May 2024!

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Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners

19th May 2024

Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners returns to theatres in 2024 with a date at Edinburgh Playhouse on 19th May!

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

28th May 2024 - 1st June 2024

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the most fantasmagorical musical of all time, flies into Edinburgh Playhouse for one week only!

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Tom Allen: Completely

8th June 2024

Comedian Tom Allen is coming to Edinburgh! Tom is back on the road with his brand new show Completely, don't miss him at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Saturday 8th June 2024!

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Six

11th June 2024 - 15th June 2024

From the West End to Broadway, the international smash hit musical SIX returns to Edinburgh Playhouse in June!

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Nile Rodgers + CHIC

17th June 2024

Nile Rodgers, multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist, brings an unforgettable live performance with CHIC to Edinburgh Playhouse on Monday 17th June!

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Grease

25th June 2024 - 29th June 2024

The world's best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before don't miss Grease at Edinburgh Playhouse in June!

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Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance

16th July 2024 - 18th July 2024

After celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lord of the Dance in 2022, Michael Flatley is back with a dazzling revival of his iconic dance extravaganza. Catch it at Edinburgh Playhouse in July!

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Peppa Pig’s Fun Day Out

20th July 2024 - 21st July 2024

Peppa Pig is back in her oinktastic brand new live show, Fun Day Out! Don't miss it at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July!

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Here You Come Again - The New Dolly Parton Musical

23rd July 2024 - 27th July 2024

The new official Dolly Parton musical, Here You Come Again, arrives in Edinburgh in July, featuring all of her greatest hits, don't miss this rollicking and joyous new show!

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Paul Smith: Pablo

31st July 2024

Attention all comedy fans! Paul Smith is bringing his biggest and funniest tour yet, Pablo, to Edinburgh Playhouse on Wednesday 31st July!

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Forth on The Fringe

2nd August 2024 - 3rd August 2024

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 2nd & 3rd August!

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Grupo Corpo

5th August 2024 - 7th August 2024

The legendary Brazilian dance company blends Brazilian forms with ballet and contemporary dance to create a unique style, illuminating the uniqueness of Brazilian culture.

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Jimmy Carr: Laughs Funny

8th August 2024 - 10th August 2024

One of the world's best loved comedians, Jimmy Carr, is back on tour with brand-new show, Jimmy Carr: Laughs Funny. Don't miss him live at Edinburgh Playhouse in August!

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Adam Kay - Undoctored

17th August 2024

The nation's twelfth-favourite doctor, Adam Kay, brings his brand new show to Edinburgh, fresh from a record-breaking run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sell-out season in the West End!

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Cat Power Sings Dylan ’66

18th August 2024

The infinitely gifted singer-songwriter Cat Power takes on Bob Dylan’s legendary 1966 'Royal Albert Hall' concert as part of the Edinburgh International Festival!

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Fern Brady - I Gave You Milk To Drink

22nd August 2024

Scotland’s queen of comedy, Fern Brady, is back on tour with a brand new show. Catch her at Edinburgh Playhouse on Thursday 22nd August!

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Grit Orchestra

25th August 2024

Winner of the Scottish Awards for New Music for innovation in New Traditional Music, the GRIT Orchestra is bound to push the limits of genre and Celtic culture.

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The Girls Bathroom Planet Tour

12th September 2024

Sophia and Cinzia, the internet's favourite best friends, bring their biggest live tour to date to Edinburgh Playhouse on 12th September!

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Sarah Millican: Late Bloomer

13th September 2024

Don't miss Sarah Millican when she brings her new show 'Late Bloomer' to Edinburgh Playhouse on Friday 13th September 2024!

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Come From Away

17th September 2024 - 21st September 2024

7,000 Stranded Passengers. One Small Town. A Remarkable True Story. Don't miss the smash hit musical Come From Away when it comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in 2024!

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Blood Brothers

24th September 2024 - 28th September 2024

Don't miss the the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers when it comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in September!

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Tim Peake: Astronauts - The Quest To Explore Space

29th September 2024

After multiple sell-out tours with his debut show, My Journey to Space, Tim Peake brings his hugely anticipated new show, ASTRONAUTS: The Quest to Explore Space! to Edinburgh Playhouse!

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Hairspray the Musical

7th October 2024 - 12th October 2024

The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray returns to Edinburgh Playhouse in October 2024. Don't miss it!

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The Book of Mormon

15th October 2024 - 2nd November 2024

The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash-hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse from Tuesday 15th October to Saturday 2nd November!

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Only Fools & Horses The Musical

5th November 2024 - 9th November 2024

Stick a pony in your pocket – The Trotters are back and coming to Edinburgh Playhouse in November 2024!

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& Juliet

12th November 2024 - 16th November 2024

There is life after Romeo! After a phenomenal run in London's West End, & Juliet is heading to Edinburgh Playhouse in November 2024!

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101 Dalmatians

19th November 2024 - 23rd November 2024

A new musical version of Dodie Smith’s classic book 101 Dalmatians comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in November 2024!

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Jason Manford - A Manford All Seasons

24th November 2024

Jason Manford is back with a new live show for 2024/5 - A Manford All Seasons and brings it to Edinburgh Playhouse on Sunday 24th November 2024!

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

3rd December 2024 - 29th December 2024

The smash-hit London Palladium production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns to Edinburgh Playhouse this Christmas!

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Chicago

4th February 2025 - 8th February 2025

Chicago returns to razzle dazzle theatres across the country in 2025, don't miss your chance to see it when it returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse in February!

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Rhod Gilbert & The Giant Grapefruit

15th February 2025

Multi-award-winning comedian Rhod Gilbert is bouncing back with a brand new live show, Rhod Gilbert & the Giant Grapefruit, don't miss him live at Edinburgh Playhouse on 15th February!

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Kinky Boots

18th February 2025 - 22nd February 2025

Broadway and West End phenomenon Kinky Boots The Musical, is strutting into Edinburgh in a brand-new production starring Strictly's Johannes Radebe and rising star Dan Partridge!

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NOW That’s What I Call A Musical

25th February 2025 - 1st March 2025

Get ready to relive the playlist of your life by celebrating 40 years of the iconic and chart-topping compilations brand NOW That’s What I Call Music at the Edinburgh Playhouse!

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Greg Davies: Full Fat Legend

12th March 2025 - 14th March 2025

Greg Davies is heading back out on tour for the first time in 7 years with his brand-new 2025 stand-up show Full Fat Legend and brings it to Edinburgh Playhouse in March 2025!

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Russell Kane: HyperActive

28th March 2025

Russell Kane is back on tour, and his brand new show, HyperActive, heads to Edinburgh Playhouse on 28th March 2025!

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Rob Beckett: Giraffe

26th June 2025

From Bromley to Brisbane, Rob Beckett’s new show Giraffe is going worldwide. Catch it at Edinburgh Playhouse on Thursday 26th June 2025!

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Riverdance

10th October 2025 - 11th October 2025

To celebrate an incredible 30th year milestone, Riverdance will embark on a special anniversary tour in 2025, bringing its magic to the Edinburgh Playhouse in October!

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Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

11th November 2025 - 22nd November 2025

West End mega-hit Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in November 2025 as part of its first ever UK & Ireland tour!

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More Theatres in Edinburgh

Bedlam Theatre

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1EZ

Clearly visible from Edinburgh's Royal Mile in the heart of the city, Bedlam Theatre is a fully operational 90-seat theatre housed in an imposing neo-gothic church.

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Kings Theatre Edinburgh

2 Leven Street, Edinburgh South EH3 9LQ

One of Britain’s most opulent touring venues, the King’s Theatre has recently undergone a major refurbishment which has seen big improvements for...

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Festival Theatre Edinburgh

13/29 Nicolson Street , Edinburgh South EH8 9FT

The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is a performing arts venue used primarily for performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups.

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Penicuik Town Hall

33 High Street, Penicuik EH26 8HS

Performance & event venue in Penicuik.

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Assembly Rooms

54 George Street, Edinburgh New Town EH2 2LR

The Assembly Rooms are one of Edinburgh City Centre's largest and most impressive multi-purpose unique event spaces, perfect for any occasion from conferences, dinners and performances to exhibitions!

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Summerhall

1 Summerhall , Edinburgh South EH9 1PL

Summerhall, Edinburgh’s biggest arts venue, is open to the public all year round.

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Saint Stephens Theatre Stockbridge

105 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge and Canonmills EH3 5AB

Formerly St Stephen's Church, it building dates back to the 1820s.

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Reconnect Regal Theatre

24-34 North Bridge Street , Bathgate EH48 4PS

The Reconnect Regal Theatre in Bathgate Lothian, Scotland provides a programme of music, drama, film and dance in the form of performances and classes.

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Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall Mound Place, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2LX

The Assembly Hall is a well known feature located in the heart of Edinburgh, with a memorable backdrop at the top of the city's Mound, and is a great location for holding a special event!

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Can You Catch the Killer

, Various Locations Edinburgh

Can You Catch the Killer Murder Mystery events is Scotland's largest and most prolific murder mystery events company.

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Just the Tonic Comedy Club

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Boasting the finest names on the circuit, a top-notch night of comedy is always guaranteed.

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The Studio Edinburgh

The Studio 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh South EH8 9BL

Capital Theatres have created an exciting multi-purpose cultural resource for the city.

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