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 27 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

£13–£105 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 13 Nov

£13–£105 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 14 Nov

£13–£105 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 16 Nov

Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt (Secret Diaries Of A Junior Doctor)

Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this hour of stand-up and music.

Sun 18 Aug

£19.90–£32.90 / 0844 871 3014

Mon 19 Aug

£19.90–£32.90 / 0844 871 3014

Annie

Musical theatre classic Annie tours the UK.

Mon 30 Sep

£13–£97 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 1 Oct

£13–£97 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 2 Oct

£13–£97 / 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

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, three-time Brit nominee and X-Factor winner, Alexandra Burke* returns to the role of Rachel Marron. Former…

Tue 9 Jul

£13–£102 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Glen's Guide.

Wed 10 Jul

£13–£102 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Glen's Guide.

Thu 11 Jul

£13–£102 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Glen's Guide.

…and 8 more dates until 20 Jul

Craig Ferguson: Hobo Fabulous

Craig Ferguson gives his first UK stand-up show in over 25 years.

Sun 11 Aug

£23–£30 / 0844 871 3014

£27.15–£35.15 / 0844 871 3014

Edinburgh Playhouse Auditorium

£24.25 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Crucible

Pioneering choreographer Helen Pickett unleashes the full emotional force of Miller’s gripping, and still fearsomely relevant, drama of suspicion and accusation in a brand-new narrative ballet, given its world premiere at the International Festival as one of the highlights of Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary year. In…

Sat 3 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 4 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Mon 5 Aug

£15 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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–£26.65 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 16 Aug

£24.65–£26.65 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 17 Aug

£24.65–£26.65 / 0844 871 3014

Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix

The international burlesque superstar presents her latest show.

Tue 28 Apr 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 871 3014

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

Auditorium

£22 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 10 Aug

Auditorium

£22 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Greatest Showman (Sing-Along)

  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

A musical version of the life of showman and genius of hype PT Barnum (Jackman), and how he went from running a museum of ‘curiosities’ to promoting Swedish soprano Jenny Lind (Ferguson). Jackman has rock-star charisma and Gracey delivers a kaleidoscopic, family-friendly spectacle. Sing-along presentation.

Fri 6 Sep

£16 / 0844 871 3014

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

The King and I

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

Fri 18 Oct

£16–£109 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 19 Oct

£16–£109 / 0844 871 3014

Mon 21 Oct

£16–£109 / 0844 871 3014

…and 5 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!

  • 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

£13–£70.50 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 20 Sep

£13–£70.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 21 Sep

£13–£70.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 6 more dates until 28 Sep

Once: The Musical

A Broadway and West End hit musical that's a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, Once casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other. Based on a cult 2006 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet…

Tue 26 May 2020

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

On sale Thu 27 Jun

Wed 27 May 2020

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

On sale Thu 27 Jun

Thu 28 May 2020

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

On sale Thu 27 Jun

…and 2 more dates until 30 May 2020

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical

The iconic musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is touring the UK! Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of…

Tue 5 Nov

£13–£74.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 6 Nov

£13–£74.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 7 Nov

£13–£74.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 9 Nov

Puttin' on the Ritz

Featuring dance stars from the hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing. The all singing all dancing production of Puttin' on the Ritz. Featuring the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. The most famous songs of the Golden Age of Hollywood are recreated live on stage with our award winning singers and…

Sat 14 Sep

£13–£29.50 / 0844 871 3014

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

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 25 Apr 2020

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 26 Apr 2020

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3014

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–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 29 Oct

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 30 Oct

£13–£95 / 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–£73.15 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 22 Nov

£27.15–£73.15 / 0844 871 3014

The Secret Policeman's Tour

In cahoots with the sizzling Deborah Frances-White (Guilty Feminist), Amnesty International’s revered Secret Policeman's Tour comes to Edinburgh. This feast of super-talent boasts an exciting line-up in an electrifying night of comedy, music and discussion. Come and share an anarchistic riotous night for human rights.

Sat 24 Aug

£27.90 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£25 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

The professional dancers from the BBC programme perform.

Wed 3 Jun 2020

£40.40–£71.40 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 4 Jun 2020

£40.40–£71.40 / 0844 871 3014

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

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–£75.40 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 8 Oct

£13–£75.40 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 9 Oct

£13–£75.40 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 12 Oct

Reviews & features

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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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