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

Billionaire Boy - SUSPENDED

Billionaire Boy - SUSPENDED

10th September 2020 - 12th September 2020

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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Alan Carr: Not Again, Alan!

Alan Carr: Not Again, Alan!

27th September 2020

Join Alan Carr at Edinburgh Playhouse as he muses upon the things that make his life weird and wonderful!
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Whitney - Queen of the Night

Whitney - Queen of the Night

4th October 2020

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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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

20th October 2020 - 24th October 2020

Don't miss the the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers when it comes to Edinburgh Playhouse this October!
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Cilla The Musical

Cilla The Musical

26th October 2020 - 31st October 2020

Sheridan Smith reprises her award-wining portrayal of the late Cilla Black to star in Bill Kenwright’s stage production, Cilla The Musical at Edinburgh Playhouse in October.
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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously

6th November 2020

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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Sunny Afternoon - POSTPONED

Sunny Afternoon - POSTPONED

9th November 2020 - 14th November 2020

Sunny Afternoon, the hit musical based on the music of The Kinks, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse from 9th to 14th November 2020!
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Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

24th November 2020 - 5th December 2020

Let your soul sing with the dazzling multi-award winning Dreamgirls, coming to Edinburgh Playhouse for the first time in 2020!
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White Christmas - The Musical

White Christmas - The Musical

15th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021

Make it a magical family Christmas in 2020 as the spectacular brand-new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas lights up Edinburgh Playhouse!
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The Carpenters Story

The Carpenters Story

8th January 2021

Catch the highly acclaimed, award-winning Carpenters Story when it returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse in 2021!
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Abba Party Night

Abba Party Night

9th January 2021

Dig out your 70s fashion, dust off your platform boots and get ready to sing and dance the night away at this fantastic show.
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Heathers The Musical

Heathers The Musical

19th January 2021 - 23rd January 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 January 2021.
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Hairspray the Musical

Hairspray the Musical

25th January 2021 - 30th January 2021

The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray returns to Edinburgh Playhouse for one week only from 25th to 30th January 2021. Don't miss it!
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Menopause The Musical 2

Menopause The Musical 2

21st February 2021

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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Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

22nd February 2021

The ever-dazzling International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, is returning to Edinburgh Playhouse with 'Glamonatrix', her most lavish show yet, on Tuesday 28 April 2020.
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A Country Night in Nashville

A Country Night in Nashville

21st March 2021

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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School of Rock - The Musical

School of Rock - The Musical

23rd March 2021 - 27th March 2021

School of Rock - The Musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash hit, award-winning West End show, is coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse in March 2021!
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Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners

Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners

19th April 2021

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 19th April!
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The Dolls: A Rerr Terr

The Dolls: A Rerr Terr

23rd April 2021

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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Jason Manford - Like Me

Jason Manford - Like Me

24th April 2021

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 24th April 2021!
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Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody

Sing-a-Long-a Bohemian Rhapsody

25th April 2021

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

25th April 2021

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

Islands In The Stream

28th April 2021

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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Josh Widdicombe

Josh Widdicombe

2nd May 2021

Josh Widdicombe’s Bit Much… tour is adding a further run of UK shows including Edinburgh Playhouse on 2nd May 2021!
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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

9th June 2021 - 26th June 2021

The Book of Mormon, Broadway’s smash-hit musical written by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, is coming to Edinburgh Playhouse with performances from 9th to 26 June 2021.
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Shagged. Married. Annoyed. with Chris & Rosie Ramsey

Shagged. Married. Annoyed. with Chris & Rosie Ramsey

30th June 2021 - 1st July 2021

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

Russell Howard

3rd July 2021

Russell Howard returns with his biggest globe-spanning stand-up tour to date. Catch him at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 3rd July 2021!
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Paw Patrol Live

Paw Patrol Live

7th July 2021

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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Jane McDonald: Let the Light In

Jane McDonald: Let the Light In

14th July 2021

Jane McDonald is back at the Edinburgh Playhouse on 14th July 2021 with her brand new show 'Let the Light In'!
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Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Live Show

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Live Show

16th July 2021 - 18th July 2021

The Award-Winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs. Brown’s Boys have announced a live return to Edinburgh in 2021 with ‘Mrs Brown D’ Live Show.
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Footloose

Footloose

20th July 2021 - 24th July 2021

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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Forth on The Fringe

Forth on The Fringe

6th August 2021 - 7th August 2021

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 6th and 7th August 2021!
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Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt - Secret Diaries of A Junior Doctor

Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt - Secret Diaries of A Junior Doctor

13th August 2021 - 14th August 2021

Award winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this evening of stand-up and music at Edinburgh Playhouse!
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One Night of Queen - Performed by Gary Mullen and The Works

One Night of Queen - Performed by Gary Mullen and The Works

19th September 2021

Recreating, and paying tribute to, one of the greatest rock bands of all time, One Night of Queen is a high energy show, featuring all of Queen's greatest hits, and more!
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You Win Again - Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees

You Win Again - Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees

23rd September 2021

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 Thursday 23rd September 2021!
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Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited

25th September 2021

Steve Hackett has announced that his 2020/21 World Tour will feature the whole of the 1977 Genesis live album Seconds Out in full, plus more! Catch him at Edinburgh Playhouse in September 2021!
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CHICAGO

CHICAGO

27th September 2021 - 2nd October 2021

CHICAGO returns to razzle dazzle theatres across the country in 2021, don't miss your chance to see it when it comes to the Edinburgh Playhouse in September and October!
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Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show

Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show

5th October 2021 - 6th October 2021

Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in October 2021, immersing you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance!
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Ant Middleton: Mind Over Muscle Tour

Ant Middleton: Mind Over Muscle Tour

29th November 2021

Ant Middleton is bringing his 'Mind Over Muscle Tour' to the Playhouse on 29th November 2021, taking the audience through a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery!
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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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The Commitments

The Commitments

7th March 2022 - 12th March 2022

Don't miss The Commitments when it comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in March 2022 as part of a UK and Ireland tour!
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Strictly Ballroom

Strictly Ballroom

21st March 2022 - 26th March 2022

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 March 2022.
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My Best Friend’s Wedding The Musical

My Best Friend’s Wedding The Musical

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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Henrys Cellar Bar

Henrys Cellar Bar

16A Morrison Street, Edinburgh West EH3 8BJ

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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The Caves

The Caves

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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St Cecilias Hall

St Cecilias Hall

St Cecilia’s Hall Niddry Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1NQ

The beautiful, elliptical St Cecilia's Hall dates back to 1763, making it the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland.Designed by Robert Mylne for...
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Sneaky Petes

Sneaky Petes

73 Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1JW

Sneaky Pete's is a small capacity one room club located on the Cowgate in Edinburgh city centre. Guest DJs play throughout the week as well as at weekends...
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Opium

Opium

71 Cowgate, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1JW

Classic and alternative rock club with regular drinks specials, themed events and karaoke nights.Open from 8 till late 7 nights a week with free entry...
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Dreadnought Rock

Dreadnought Rock

14 - 16 King Street, Bathgate EH48 1AX

Dreadnought Rock in Bathgate is Scotland's longest running Rock Club.
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Traverse Theatre

Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh West EH1 2ED

The Traverse Theatre began life in 1963 as a theatre club in an abandoned brothel in Edinburgh's Lawnmarket. The theatre is so named because its first...
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Belushis Bar Edinburgh

Belushis Bar Edinburgh

32 Market Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1QB

Belushi’s Bar is in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and offers regular live music, student nights and sports.
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Whiski Bar & Restaurant

Whiski Bar & Restaurant

119 High Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1SG

WHISKI is a stunning multi award winning whisky bar and restaurant on the Royal Mile, full of character and with a brilliant atmosphere. WHISKI's all...
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Cabaret Voltaire

Cabaret Voltaire

36 - 38 Blair Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1QR

This is Cabaret Voltaire, a local arts and music institution in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. We specialize in music. Live music, dance music but...
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