The Edinburgh Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse
18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
  • Box office 0844 871 3014
  • General enquiries 0131 524 3333
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  • Website www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh
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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 32 events at this location

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Annie

Casting to be confirmed Direct from the West End, Annie returns in 2019! This 'glorious revival' (The Times) is touring the UK. Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she's chosen to spend a fairytale…

Mon 30 Sep 2019

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 1 Oct 2019

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 2 Oct 2019

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 5 Oct 2019

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 2019

£39.15–£155.15 / 0844 871 3014

Bianca Del Rio "it's Jester Joke" 2019 Tour (playhouse, Edinburgh)

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE CHAMPION BIANCA DEL RIO ANNOUNCES ‘IT’S JESTER JOKE’ 2019 UK ARENA TOUR. Following two consecutive sell-out UK tours, including three sold out nights at London’s Eventim Apollo - comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio has announced that she will be returning to the UK for an…

Sat 7 Sep 2019

£42–£170.80 / 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 2019

£40.15 / 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 Glasgow this December. Former Secret Service agent…

Tue 9 Jul 2019

£13–£60 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 10 Jul 2019

£13–£60 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 11 Jul 2019

£13–£60 / 0844 871 3014

…and 8 more dates until 20 Jul 2019

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 2019

£24.50–£26.50 / 0844 871 3014

A Country Night in Nashville

The ultimate celebration of country music.

Fri 1 Feb 2019

£22.50–£27.50 / 0844 871 3014

Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael

An affectionate celebration of the life and music of George Michael including his early days with Wham!.

Sat 12 Jan 2019

£23.75–£53.75 / 0844 871 3014

Green Day's American Idiot (Touring)

Green Day's rock musical celebrates its 10th anniversary. Ages 18+.

Tue 5 Feb 2019

£17.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 6 Feb 2019

£17.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 7 Feb 2019

£17.90–£53.90 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 9 Feb 2019

Hair: The Musical

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

Mon 17 Jun 2019

£13–£42.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 18 Jun 2019

£13–£42.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 19 Jun 2019

£13–£42.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 22 Jun 2019

Illegal Eagles

Tribute band to the prolific Hotel California songsters.

Sun 27 Oct 2019

£27.90–£55.90 / 0844 871 3014

Jersey Boys: The Story Of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons

  • Directed by: Sergio Trujillo
  • Written by: Bob Crewe (lyrics)

Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Tue 19 Feb 2019

£18–£84 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 20 Feb 2019

£18–£84 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 21 Feb 2019

£18–£84 / 0844 871 3014

…and 8 more dates until 2 Mar 2019

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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

Tue 19 Mar 2019

0844 871 3014

Wed 20 Mar 2019

0844 871 3014

Thu 21 Mar 2019

0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 23 Mar 2019

Kinky Boots

  • Directed by: Jerry Mitchell
  • Written by: Harvey Fierstein, Cyndi Lauper (music & lyrics)

A man reluctantly inherits a shoe factory. To turn the business around he enlists the help of the stiletto-clad Lola. Tony and Grammy award-winning feel-good musical by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper.

Thu 13 Dec

£19.50–£78.50 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 14 Dec

£19.50–£78.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 15 Dec

£19.50–£78.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 16 more dates until 5 Jan 2019

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 2019

Times vary / £13–£63 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 20 Sep 2019

Times vary / £13–£63 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 21 Sep 2019

Times vary / £13–£63 / 0844 871 3014

…and 7 more dates until 28 Sep 2019

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 2019

£15–£97.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 3 Apr 2019

£15–£97.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 4 Apr 2019

£15–£97.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 20 more dates until 27 Apr 2019

Menopause the Musical

Parody musical, featuring tunes from the 60s–80s, follows four women in a department store who appear to have nothing in common but a bra on sale. Naturally, come the end of the show, they realise they share more than they originally thought.

Sun 10 Feb 2019

£30 / 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 2019

£13–£40 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 28 May 2019

£13–£40 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 29 May 2019

£13–£40 / 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 2019

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 6 Nov 2019

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 7 Nov 2019

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 9 Nov 2019

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 2019

£13–£52.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 1 May 2019

£13–£52.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 2 May 2019

£13–£52.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 4 May 2019

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 2019

£13–£62 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 29 Oct 2019

£13–£62 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 30 Oct 2019

£13–£62 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 2 Nov 2019

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.

Fri 22 Nov 2019

£27.15 / 0844 871 3014

Seven Drunken Nights

Musical tribute to Irish music giants The Dubliners.

Wed 8 May 2019

£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 2019

£26.65–£39.15 / 0844 871 3014

Spirit of the Dance

The International smash hit Spirit of the Dance is one of the most successful shows ever to come out of Ireland and has been seen by more than twenty five million people in fifteen countries around the world. Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, this explosive and powerful show combines heart-pounding Irish Dance…

Thu 31 Jan 2019

£13–£28 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 15 Feb 2019

£13–£28 / 0844 871 3014

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

The professional dancers from the BBC programme perform.

Fri 10 May 2019

£40.15–£101.15 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 11 May 2019

£40.15–£101.15 / 0844 871 3014

Swan Lake

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia performs a lavish staging of Tchaikovsky's romantic ballet.

Fri 8 Mar 2019

£13–£38.90 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 9 Mar 2019

£13–£38.90 / 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 2019

£28.40–£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 2019

£13–£46.65 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 15 May 2019

£13–£46.65 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 16 May 2019

£13–£46.65 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 18 May 2019

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 2019

£33.65–£144.65 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 20 Nov 2019

£33.65–£144.65 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 23 Nov 2019

£33.65–£144.65 / 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 2019

£13–£36 / 0844 871 3014

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 2019

£13–£65.90 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 8 Oct 2019

£13–£65.90 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 9 Oct 2019

£13–£65.90 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 12 Oct 2019

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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