The Edinburgh Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse
18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
  • Box office 0844 871 3014
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The Edinburgh Playhouse

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.

  • Provides: Wheelchair access

Events at this venue

There are 37 events at this location

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9 to 5 The Musical

Smash-hit musical written by country superstar Dolly Parton detailing a tale of three workmates determined to alter their workplace environment. The award-winning score features over 15 hits including the famed '9 to 5' and 'Backwoods Barbie'.

Tue 12 Nov

0844 871 3014

Wed 13 Nov

0844 871 3014

Thu 14 Nov

0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 16 Nov

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor)

Award winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this ‘electrifying’ (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music. Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017 & 2018, Soho Theatre 2017, UK tour and Duchess Theatre 2018. The accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt, is a Sunday Times…

Sun 18 Aug

£17–£30 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

Free / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Annie

Musical theatre classic Annie tours the UK.

Mon 30 Sep

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 1 Oct

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 2 Oct

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 5 Oct

Bianca Del Rio

Drag superstar Bianca Del Rio brings her razor-tongued wit and fabulous eye make-up on a UK tour.

Sat 7 Sep

£39.15–£155.15 / 0844 871 3014

Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit

The master of surreality tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness in his latest show. His musical interludes include fashioning a symphony from a ringtone and re-imagining the Stars and Stripes.

Fri 31 May

£40.15 / 0844 871 3014

The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa

The Frank Zappa hologram tour features many former Zappa bandmates, incuding Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes and Ed Mann, and uses hours of previously unseen performance footage to bring Hologram Zappa to the stage.

Thu 9 May

£50.15–£55.15 / 0844 871 3014

The Bodyguard

★★★★★ 'The hottest ticket in town' Sunday Mirror The international, award-winning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard is back! Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out UK Tour, Alexandra Burke* returns to the role of Rachel Marron in Milton Keynes. Former Secret Service agent turned…

Tue 9 Jul

£13–£60 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 10 Jul

£13–£60 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 11 Jul

£13–£60 / 0844 871 3014

…and 8 more dates until 20 Jul

The Carpenters Story

  • Directed by: Phil Aldridge

Theatre show telling the tale of the brother/sister duo, featuring all the songs that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of music. Featuring timeless hits from the Carpenters repertoire including 'We’ve Only Just Begun', 'Superstar', 'Top of the World', 'Please Mr Postman' and many more.

Sat 1 Jun

£24.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3014

Daniel Sloss: X

The Scottish comedian, and recipient of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival 'Best of the Fest' International Award, presents his latest show.

Thu 18 Jul

£20.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 15 Aug

£24.65 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£20.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Forth on the Fringe

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. We’ve had some fantastic names appear at the events in previous years including: Jason Byrne, KT Tunstall, Greg Proops, Ed Byrne, The Proclaimers, Sean Hughes, Stephen K Amos, Ruby Wax, Adam Hills…

Fri 9 Aug

£24.90 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£22 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

£24.90 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£22 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hair: The Musical

Loud, proud and colourful 60s musical set in anti-Vietnam America.

Mon 17 Jun

£13–£42.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 18 Jun

£13–£42.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 19 Jun

£13–£42.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 22 Jun

Illegal Eagles

Tribute band to the prolific Hotel California songsters.

Sun 27 Oct

£27.90–£55.90 / 0844 871 3014

Jane McDonald

Jane McDonald, one of the nation's best-loved entertainers, is back in the UK with her phenomenal new live show. The BAFTA award-winning star of Cruising with Jane McDonald and Jane & Friends always delivers a stunning performance and along with her fantastic live band, guarantees to bring the audience to their feet…

Sat 6 Jul

£29.90–£49.90 / 0844 871 3014

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Bill Kenwright’s production of the Rice and Webber classic.

Sat 23 Mar

0844 871 3014

The King and I

Lincoln Center Theatre's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical masterpiece.

Wed 16 Oct

£16–£73.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 17 Oct

£16–£73.50 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 18 Oct

£16–£73.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 7 more dates until 26 Oct

The Lion King

  • Directed by: Julie Taymor
  • Written by: Roger Allers, Elton John (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), Mark Mancina (music & lyrics), Lebo M (music & lyrics), Hans Zimmer (music & lyrics), Julie Taymor (lyrics), Irene Mecchi

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.

Thu 5 Dec

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 6 Dec

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 7 Dec

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

…and 52 more dates until 9 Feb 2020

MAMMA MIA!

Join us at MAMMA MIA! and enjoy the ultimate feel-good factor at the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her…

Thu 19 Sep

£13–£69 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 20 Sep

£13–£69 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 21 Sep

£13–£69 / 0844 871 3014

…and 6 more dates until 28 Sep

Mamma Mia!

  • Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Written by: Catherine Johnson, Benny Andersson (music & lyrics), Bjorn Ulvaeus (music & lyrics)

The smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba continues to storm the UK. Since premiering in London this funny comedy has been seen by over 54 million people all around the world. Featuring songs including 'Dancing Queen', 'Super Trouper' and 'Take A Chance On Me'.

Thu 19 Sep

Times vary / £13–£63 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 20 Sep

Times vary / £13–£63 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 21 Sep

Times vary / £13–£63 / 0844 871 3014

…and 7 more dates until 28 Sep

Matilda: The Musical

  • Directed by: Matthew Warchus
  • Written by: Tim Minchin (adaptation, music & lyrics), Roald Dahl (book), Dennis Kelly (adaptation)

The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin's multi-award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's much loved tale about an extremely clever girl, who uses her extraordinary powers to free her classmates from the tyranny of sadistic headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Directed by Matthew Warchus.

Tue 2 Apr

£15–£97.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 3 Apr

£15–£97.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 4 Apr

£15–£97.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 20 more dates until 27 Apr

Michael McIntyre: Big World Tour

The floppy-haired comic, who was awarded the keys to London's O2 Arena after a record-breaking 28 performances, takes his brand of high-energy observations on a world tour.

Wed 22 May

£35.15 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 23 May

£35.15 / 0844 871 3014

The Mousetrap

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. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it…

Mon 27 May

£13–£45 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 28 May

£13–£45 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 29 May

£13–£45 / 0844 871 3014

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Post-Oasis indie rock from Gallagher senior who is happy to dip into the Oasis back catalogue to bolster his set.

Tue 7 May

£40.15–£75.15 / 0844 871 3014

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical

The iconic musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is going on tour! With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally! Based on…

Tue 5 Nov

£13–£57.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 6 Nov

£13–£57.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 7 Nov

£13–£57.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 9 Nov

Riverdance

The Irish dance sensation returns by popular demand. The 2020 shows feature all new production produced by Moya Doherty and directed John McColgan. Bill Whelan's Grammy-winning soundtrack remains.

Fri 24 Apr 2020

£37.50–£53 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 25 Apr 2020

£37.50–£53 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 26 Apr 2020

£37.50–£53 / 0844 871 3014

Rock of Ages

Here we go again! The smash hit musical is back in the UK. Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true! Starring Kevin Kennedy as ‘Dennis’, Zoe Birkett as ‘Justice’, Jodie Steele as…

Tue 30 Apr

£13–£52.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Glen's Guide.

Wed 1 May

£13–£52.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Glen's Guide.

Thu 2 May

£13–£52.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Glen's Guide.

…and 2 more dates until 4 May

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show returns to Brighton for a run over the Christmas period. The classic musical follows Dr Frank'n'Furter and his weird and wonderful adventures. Featuring the songs 'Time Warp' and 'Sweet Transvestite'.

Mon 28 Oct

£13–£62 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 29 Oct

£13–£62 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 30 Oct

£13–£62 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 2 Nov

Romesh Ranganathan: The Cynic's Mixtape

Brutally honest comedy from the the star of Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, A League Of Their Own and Judge Romesh.

Thu 21 Nov

£27.15 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 22 Nov

£27.15 / 0844 871 3014

RuPaul's Drag Race: Werq The World Tour

Michelle Visage hosts performances by all your favourite RuPaul queens.

Mon 6 May

£43.15–£155.15 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Glen's Guide.

Seven Drunken Nights

Musical tribute to Irish music giants The Dubliners.

Wed 8 May

£13–£27.50 / 0844 871 3014

The Solid Silver 60s Show

Relive the nostalgic sounds of 60s pop. The artists sing their greatest hits and celebrate the music of the famous decade.

Wed 27 Mar

£26.65–£39.15 / 0844 871 3014

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

The professional dancers from the BBC programme perform.

Fri 10 May

£40.15–£101.15 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 11 May

£40.15–£101.15 / 0844 871 3014

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.

Sun 2 Jun

£24.40–£29.40 / 0844 871 3014

Thriller Live

  • Directed by: Gary Lloyd, John Maher (musical director)
  • Written by: Adrian Grant (adapt)

A celebration of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 featuring top hits and some stunning multi-media razzmatazz.

Tue 14 May

£13–£46.65 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 15 May

£13–£46.65 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 16 May

£13–£46.65 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 18 May

Tim Minchin

The beautiful and hilarious piano man of comedy returns to make us all fun in love with him and his wonky, pretty/dirty perspective on the world.

Tue 19 Nov

£33.65–£144.65 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 20 Nov

£33.65–£144.65 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 23 Nov

£33.65–£144.65 / 0844 871 3014

UK Pink Floyd Experience

A tribute show that spans Pink Floyd's back-catalogue from Dark Side to The Division Bell.

Fri 28 Jun

£13–£28.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wannabe: The Spice Girls Show

Go on a Spice World journey for an evening of your favourite Spice Girls hits.

Sat 30 Mar

£13–£36 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Glen's Guide.

We Will Rock You

A run through all your Queen favourites in this musical penned by Ben Elton and members of Queen.

Mon 7 Oct

£13–£70.90 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 8 Oct

£13–£70.90 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 9 Oct

£13–£70.90 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 12 Oct

Reviews & features

The Edinburgh theatre scene beyond the Fringe

20 Sep 2018

We explore why Edinburgh's theatre scene is still alive and kicking, way beyond August

If you're arriving in Edinburgh in September, you're likely to be greeted by a litany of old Fringe flyers, with the occasional Festival poster still tacked up on a wall. But don't for a second think this means that Edinburgh's stages are winding down…

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