The Edinburgh Playhouse
- Box office 0844 871 3014
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- Website www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh
Built as a "super cinema" in 1929, the category A-listed building has had a turbulent history, changing hands many times before claiming its place as one of the UK's key venues for post-West End tours in the late-1980s. With a capacity of over 3000 on three levels, it is Britain's largest theatre, attracting coach parties from substantial distances away. From the front, it is hard to get a sense of the Edinburgh Playhouse's scale, but inside, you start to appreciate how much architect John Fairweather capitalised on the steeply sloping site to come up with a design that could accommodate so many. Today the building, which has five bars and many period features still intact, programmes a broad range of entertainment, from popular musicals such as Les Miserables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to comedians such as Dara O'Briain and Ross Noble; and from big name music acts such as Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers to high-prestige dance productions in the Edinburgh International Festival.
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La Belle et la Bête
Minimalist composer Philip Glass’s magical reimagining of Jean Cocteau’s 1946 La Belle et la Bête combines the classic black and white film with live performance in a sophisticated work that is at once a touching fairy tale and a meditation on creativity. Removing the film’s original dialogue track and score by Georges…
Sat 10 Aug
Willy Russell's moving tale about two brothers whose lives are worlds apart.
Wed 26 Jun
Career in Theatre Management
The Ambassador Theatre Group. An opportunity to gain insight into how to get started in theatre management led by a team from the Ambassador Theatre Group, the largest theatre group in the UK. A workshop covering routes into theatre management, experience and skills required, information from people who have worked…
Colm Wilkinson in Concert
Songs and stories from the original Jean Valjean (Les Misérables) and Phantom (of the Opera) from one of Broadway's best-loved voices.
Comedy Gala 2013
Kevin Bridges and Adam Hills host Edinburgh's biggest all-star comedy event, which also airs on the old TV machine.
Comedy Gala 2013: In Aid of Waverley Care
Annual comedy jamboree featuring a stellar line-up of big names.
Dance 'Til Dawn
Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back with a brand new show celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Dreamboats and Petticoats
Jukebox musical based on the songs of Roy Orbison, the Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and others.
Wed 10 Jul
Ellen Kent's Aida
Verdi’s classic love story of war, jealousy and revenge.
Ellen Kent's La Bohème
The romantic opera is staged traditionally, directed by Ellen Kent and starring international soloists with the full Moldovan National Opera and Moldovan National Philharmonic.
Ellen Kent's Nabucco
Ellen Kent brings Verdi's magnificent opera to life with the help of a range of acclaimed international soloists.
Mark Benton takes on an iconic role, not to mention about a ton's worth of prosthetics in the feel-good musical romp through the changing values of the 1960s. Expect fabulous outfits, catchy songs and the requisite towering barnets.
Thu 5 Sep
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show … Live!
Following a smash tour in 2012, most of the cast from the original radio programme live out Douglas Adams' adventures in front of a live audience.
Fri 27 Sep
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The celebrated film and TV actor takes his blues band out on tour and showcases his piano-playing skills with cohorts the Copper Bottom Band.
In Vogue: Songs By Madonna
Michael Griffiths. Australian music theatre star Michael Griffiths is Madonna. No accent, costume or wig. Just Madge accompanying herself at the piano, leading you on a journey through her tough life and tender songs. Strike a pose, get into the groove and express yourself as Madonna opens her heart. 'A borderline…
Thu 8 Aug
Fri 9 Aug
Thu 15 Aug
Virtuoso of blues rock guitar, discovered by BB King when he was 12 and much loved by readers of guitar magazines.
The Johnny Cash Story
Roger Dean sings classics by the Man in Black and tells the story of his life, accompanied by band The Lazy Boys.
L.A. Dance Project
A brilliant programme of modern masterworks from one of the hottest names in dance. Benjamin Millepied brings his new company to the UK for the first time, following his huge success as choreographer and star of Darren Aronofsky’s award-winning film Black Swan. L.A. Dance Project is an artist collective founded by…
Large Scale Theatre Marketing Workshop
The Ambassador Theatre Group. A unique opportunity to gain insight into how we successfully market shows at the UK's largest working theatre and as part of the Ambassador Theatre Group. An expert panel will host this workshop providing knowledge, tips and a wealth of experience in how to market a show in a large scale…
The Lion King
It's Hamlet … with lions! Julie Taymor's puppet-powered stage version of Disney's spectacular tale of a dead king and an errant son is a feast of exuberant theatre for the whole family, with show-stopping visual effects, gripping drama and plenty of laughs. The arrival of this touring production in Edinburgh makes…
Sat 12 Oct
The Poet Speaks
Two of the pillars of contemporary music come together for an intimate evening of poetry, music and song in tribute to their friend, the great Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg. Punk poet and provocateur Patti Smith performs both her own and Ginsberg’s poetry, with accompaniment and solo pieces for piano from founding…
Radio Forth on the Fringe
Radio Forth Ltd. Now in its sixth year, Radio Forth on the Fringe is the largest showcase event of Fringe entertainment available at this year's festival. Featuring a selection of some of the biggest names in music, comedy and entertainment hosted by 97.3 Forth One's breakfast show hosts, Boogie and Arlene. Previous…
Fri 2 Aug
Ready Steady Cook Live
Watch the red peppers and green tomatoes fly at this live food show.
The original Riverdance goes on tour for its 20th anniversary, celebrating all those years of fast-paced Irish dance.
Roy Chubby Brown
Blue comedy from man branded 'too rude for television'. Never mind the comedy, that patchwork jacket is hardly fit for public consumption.
Sally Morgan: Psychic Sally on the Road
Sally pretends her 'psychic' powers have been with her since she was nine months old, and she's now taking her 'psychic' knowledge on tour.
Sean Lock: Purple Van Man
You know fine well who he is, now pop along and see his new show, which looks at life from a skewed white van man's perspective.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Musical based on the 1954 film.
Wed 2 Oct
Sofia National Ballet's Don Quixote
Love, adventure, duels and romance abound in this dramatic classic ballet.
Sofia National Ballet's Giselle
Poignant classical ballet, featuring Giselle and her aristocratic but duplicitous lover Albrecht.
Sofia National Ballet's Swan Lake
Probably the most popular ballet of all time, to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score.
Stage Experience: Grease
The hip, happenin' 1950s musical is performed by local young people aged 11–21.
That'll Be the Day
Step back in time with a brand new edition of the popular touring show, and hear rock'n'roll hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
See the Playhouse from the other side of the curtain.
The Tragedy of Coriolanus
European Premiere: Brilliant General Caius Martius returns to Rome a hero. Having conquered the city of Corioles he is named Coriolanus and persuaded to run for Consul. However, when he is rejected by the ‘common people’ Coriolanus vows to destroy Rome and joins forces with his enemy Aufidius to mount an attack. With live…
West Side Story
The classic tale, based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, packed with memorable songs including 'I Feel Pretty', 'America' and 'Tonight'.