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

Alan Carr: Not Again, Alan! - POSTPONED

Alan Carr: Not Again, Alan! - POSTPONED

28th May 2021 - 29th May 2021

Join Alan Carr at Edinburgh Playhouse as he muses upon the things that make his life weird and wonderful!
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Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story

Some Guys Have All The Luck - The Rod Stewart Story

2nd July 2021

Some Guys Have All the Luck, celebrating the career of rock icon Rod Stewart, returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse on Friday 2nd July!
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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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Abba Party Night

Abba Party Night

9th July 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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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 - POSTPONED

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Live Show - POSTPONED

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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The Carpenters Story

The Carpenters Story

2nd August 2021

Catch the highly acclaimed, award-winning Carpenters Story when it returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse in 2021!
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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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Shagged. Married. Annoyed. with Chris & Rosie Ramsey

Shagged. Married. Annoyed. with Chris & Rosie Ramsey

5th September 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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9 To 5 The Musical

9 To 5 The Musical

14th September 2021 - 18th September 2021

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to the Edinburgh Playhouse to see Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical in September!
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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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Professor Brian Cox: Horizons World Tour

Professor Brian Cox: Horizons World Tour

7th October 2021

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 2021 which will come to the Edinburgh Playhouse on 7th October!
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The Dolls: A Rerr Terr

The Dolls: A Rerr Terr

9th October 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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Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

12th October 2021 - 16th October 2021

Don't miss the the multi-award-winning Blood Brothers when it comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in October!
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

21st October 2021 - 27th November 2021

Disney proudly invites you to ‘Be Our Guest’ as the most enchanted musical of all time, Beauty and the Beast, comes to Edinburgh Playhouse in 2021!
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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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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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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 May 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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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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Billionaire Boy

Billionaire Boy

24th February 2022 - 26th February 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A hub for students and locals alike, The Tron is one of Edinburgh's best pubs for great beers, value food and a bit of friendly banter.You'll find our...
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The Banshee Labyrinth

29 - 35 Niddry Street, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 1LG

Our night club proves why Edinburgh really is a Jekyll & Hyde city! Half of the club was once part of the infamous “underground Vaults” -once the...
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Usher Hall Lothian Road, Edinburgh West EH1 2EA

The Usher Hall is Edinburgh's key venue for visiting national and international orchestras and has been the main venue for the Edinburgh International Festival since 1947.
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Biblos is a nice, relaxing bar, lounge and restaurant with additional spaces for functions and events and a trendy new bar for live events. We are located...
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