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 49 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 23 Mar 2021

£13–£73.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 24 Mar 2021

£13–£73.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 25 Mar 2021

£13–£73.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 27 Mar 2021

Abba Party Night

Aileen McLaughlin and TJ Davis host this special ABBA tribute night. Featuring the unforgettable music of Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Björn.

Sat 9 Jan 2021

£25.50–£80.50 / 0844 871 3014

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

Adam Kay, comedian, former doctor and author the best-selling This is Going to Hurt shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this hour of stand-up and music.

Thu 20 Aug

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Fri 21 Aug

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Tue 17 Nov

£28–£37.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 14 Aug 2021

Alan Carr: Not Again, Alan!

Camp humour as the stand-up tries out new material.

Fri 25 Sep

£26.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 26 Sep

£26.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 27 Sep

£26.50 / 0844 871 3014

Ant Middleton

An evening with the soldier, adventurer and star of C4's SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Sun 1 Nov

£32.45–£71.50 / 0844 871 3014

Mon 29 Nov 2021

£31–£64 / 0844 871 3014

Billionaire Boy

Stage adaptation of David Walliams' story about Joe Spud, the richest boy in the country, who transfers to a local comprehensive in the hopes of making a friend.

Thu 10 Sep

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Fri 11 Sep

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Sat 12 Sep

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Blood Brothers

Set in Willy Russell's native Liverpool, Blood Brothers tells the tale of twin boys separated at birth who are reunited later in life by a twist of fate and a mother's secret.

Tue 20 Oct

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 21 Oct

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 22 Oct

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3014

…and 7 more dates until 31 Oct

Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-Along

  • 2018

Sing-along to all of Queen's hits at this screening of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Sun 13 Sep

£16 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 25 Apr 2021

£16–£61 / 0844 871 3014

The Book of Mormon

  • Directed by: Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker
  • Written by: Matt Stone, Robert Lopez, Trey Parker

Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone's Tony Award-winning musical satire chronicling the misadventures of two Mormon missionaries in a remote village in northern Uganda, where the villagers have more pressing concerns on their mind than listening to their evangelism. The musical is one of the most commercially…

Wed 9 Jun 2021

£13–£97 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 10 Jun 2021

£13–£97 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 11 Jun 2021

£13–£97 / 0844 871 3014

…and 36 more dates until 24 Jul 2021

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.

Fri 8 Jan 2021

£13–£74.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 9 Jan 2021

£13–£44.50 / 0844 871 3014

Chicago

The classic Broadway music about the 'Merry Murderesses' Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly.

Mon 13 Sep 2021

£13–£69.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 14 Sep 2021

£13–£69.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 15 Sep 2021

£13–£69.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 9 more dates until 2 Oct 2021

Cilla the Musical

Musical adaptation of the ITV television show about Cilla Black's life and journey to stardom. Featuring hits such as 'Alfie,' 'Something Tells Me', and 'Anyone Who Had a Heart'.

Wed 23 Sep

£13–£91 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 24 Sep

£13–£91 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 25 Sep

£13–£91 / 0844 871 3014

…and 25 more dates until 31 Oct

The Commitments

  • Directed by: Jamie Lloyd
  • Written by: book)

The soundtrack to the smash-hit movie The Commitments played live; expect all the classics from 'Mustang Sally' to 'Take me to the River'.

Mon 12 Oct

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Tue 13 Oct

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Wed 14 Oct

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

…and 15 more dates until 19 Mar 2022

A Country Night in Nashville

The ultimate celebration of country music. Featuring the music of Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson and Little Big Town.

Sun 21 Mar 2021

£24–£73 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 10 Oct 2021

£24.50–£43 / 0844 871 3014

Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix

The international burlesque superstar presents her latest show.

Mon 22 Feb 2021

£31–£70.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 23 Mar 2021

£51 / 0844 871 3014

The Dolls – A Rerr Terr

OVER 18’s ONLY DUE TO NUDITY Scotland’s top comedy stars Louise McCarthy and Gayle Telfer Stevens are “back in the overalls” as Scotland’s favourite cleaners “The Dolls”. In this brand-new style of variety show for the new decade it’s The Dolls and their special guest star comedians, singers, male dancers, magicians…

Fri 23 Apr 2021

£26.50–£31.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 18 May 2021

£21.50–£54 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 19 May 2021

£21.50–£54 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 22 May 2021

Dreamgirls

  • Directed by: Casey Nicholaw
  • Written by: Tom Eyen (lyrics)

Tony Award-winning musical following the story of three friends who are talented songstresses on their way to the big time.

Tue 24 Nov

£13–£80.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 25 Nov

£13–£80.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 26 Nov

£13–£80.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 19 more dates until 6 Mar 2021

Footloose

Stage adaptation of the Kevin Bacon dance movie.

Tue 13 Oct

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Wed 14 Oct

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Thu 15 Oct

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

…and 13 more dates until 24 Jul 2021

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. 2019 Friday: WEd Byrne, Milton Jones, Andrew Maxwell, Colin Cloud, Christina Bianco, Craig Hill. Ginzilla, My Land, TheTap Pack and Ish Dance Collective. Saturday: Jimeoin. Whose Line is it…

Fri 6 Aug 2021

£22.50–£47.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 7 Aug 2021

£22.50–£47.50 / 0844 871 3014

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.

Sun 13 Sep

£16 / 0844 871 3014

Mon 15 Feb 2021

£16.50–£31.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 25 Apr 2021

£16 / 0844 871 3014

Hairspray the Musical

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the…

Mon 21 Jun 2021

£13–£67.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 22 Jun 2021

£13–£67.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 23 Jun 2021

£13–£67.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 26 Jun 2021

Heathers The Musical

Greetings and salutations! Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Until JD turns up, the…

Tue 29 Sep

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Wed 30 Sep

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Thu 1 Oct

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

…and 13 more dates until 27 Feb 2021

Islands in the Stream

Musical celebrating the queen and king of country: Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Sun 18 Apr 2021

£25–£44.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 28 Apr 2021

£24.50–£30 / 0844 871 3014

Jane McDonald

The light entertainment chanteuse and Loose Woman presents an evening of music and laughter.

Thu 17 Jun 2021

£32–£52 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 14 Jul 2021

£32–£67 / 0844 871 3014

Jason Manford: Like Me

The comic hits the road again with more observational comedy.

Wed 3 Mar 2021

£31.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 24 Apr 2021

£31.50 / 0844 871 3014

Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much …

The comedian and TV presenter returns.

Thu 8 Oct

£21.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 2 May 2021

£21.50 / 0844 871 3014

The Magic of the Beatles

A recreation of the full Beatles live show, taking you through their different eras from the skiffle-influenced mop top years of 'Love Me Do' and 'She Loves You' to the later psychedelia of songs like 'Strawberry Fields' and the classic rock such as 'Let It Be'.

Thu 23 Sep 2021

£24.50–£30 / 0844 871 3014

Menopause the Musical 2: Cruising Through Menopause

Hilarious sequel to Menopause the Musical featuring the original cast: Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Hilary O’Neil (ITV’s Copy Cats).

Sat 20 Feb 2021

£35–£50 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 21 Feb 2021

£35–£60 / 0844 871 3014

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Live Show

A brand new comedy musical brought to you by Brendan O'Carroll and Mrs. Brown's Boys. The hilarious, emotional and exhilarating show is based on the hit sitcom bringing you back the well-known characters of the original series.

Fri 16 Jul 2021

£24–£86 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 17 Jul 2021

£24–£86 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 18 Jul 2021

£24–£86 / 0844 871 3014

My Best Friend's Wedding: The Musical

The popular 90s rom-com is adapted for the stage as a musical comedy. Starring Alexandra Burke as the fiery food critic Julianne Potter, who realises she's in love with her best friend Michael as he's on the cusp of tying the knot.

Mon 31 Jan 2022

£13–£66.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 1 Feb 2022

£13–£66.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 2 Feb 2022

£13–£66.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 5 Feb 2022

One Night of Queen: Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works

In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s Stars In Their Eyes Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history. The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up. Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band The Works, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen. Since May…

Sun 19 Sep 2021

£24.50 / 0844 871 3014

PAW Patrol Live!: Race To the Rescue

Super entertaining live instalment of popular kids TV show PAW Patrol.

Wed 7 Jul 2021

£26.50–£61.50 / 0844 871 3014

Riverdance

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

Tue 5 Oct 2021

£37.50–£53 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 6 Oct 2021

£37.50–£53 / 0844 871 3014

Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show

A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved family favourite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning music and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. 25 years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerising soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and…

Thu 9 Sep 2021

£38.75–£69.25 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 10 Sep 2021

£38.75–£69.25 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 11 Sep 2021

£38.75–£69.25 / 0844 871 3014

…and 5 more dates until 15 Oct 2021

Russell Howard

Hot on the heels of his critically-acclaimed hit Sky One show The Russell Howard Hour, and his global smash Netflix special Recalibrate, Russell is back on stage where he belongs, making sense of a world that’s spinning out of control. It’s time for Respite.

Sat 3 Jul 2021

£31.50 / 0844 871 3014

Mon 5 Jul 2021

£36.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 6 Jul 2021

£36.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 4 more dates until 10 Jul 2021

Russell Howard: Respite

The award-winning comedian sets off on a new worldwide tour.

Tue 18 Aug

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Sat 3 Jul 2021

£35.40 / 0844 871 3014

School of Rock

Andrew Lloyd Webber's acclaimed musical adaptation of the Jack Black star vehicle, wherein a substitute music teacher at an elite school transforms his pupils into a rock'n'roll band.

Mon 8 Mar 2021

£13–£78 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 9 Mar 2021

£13–£78 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 10 Mar 2021

£13–£78 / 0844 871 3014

…and 8 more dates until 27 Mar 2021

Seven Drunken Nights

Musical tribute to Irish music giants The Dubliners.

Mon 19 Apr 2021

£13–£73 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 7 May 2021

£23–£43 / 0844 871 3014

Shagged Married Annoyed with Chris and Rosie Ramsey, Chris Ramsey

The only way the *Ramseys * can have a conversation without being interrupted by a small child or ending up staring at their phones is by doing a podcast. One that has gone on to frequently top the charts and has had a phenomenal 18 million downloads to date. As always, the loveable Geordie duo will be chatting all…

Wed 16 Sep

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Thu 17 Sep

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Sun 30 May 2021

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 1 Jul 2021

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: An Evening With The World's Greatest Living Explorer

Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks to long-time friend and expedition partner Anton Bowring about his life, his adventures and his ancestral heritage. Hear all about the record breaking and immensely challenging projects which saw Sir Ranulph receive the Guinness Book of Records accolade as the ‘Greatest Living Adventurer’.

Fri 6 Nov

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Tue 16 Feb 2021

£26.50–£46.50 / 0844 871 3014

Steve Hackett

The one-time Genesis guitarist revisits his time in the band with new versions of songs he co-wrote from the period 1971–1977.

Sat 25 Sep 2021

£50.38 / 0844 871 3014

Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited: Seconds Out & More

Off the back of his most successful solo tour yet, selling over 30 thousand tickets for his 2019 UK dates, *Steve Hackett * has announced that his 2021 World Tour will feature the whole of the 1977 Genesis live album Seconds Out in full, plus more! Seconds Out was the hugely successful double album recorded on Genesis…

Sat 25 Sep 2021

£40–£44 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 19 Oct 2021

£40–£69 / 0844 871 3014

Strictly Ballroom

  • Directed by: Baz Luhrmann, Drew McOnie
  • Written by: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce

Musical based on the Australian film set in the cutthroat world of ballroom dancing.

Mon 16 Nov

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Tue 17 Nov

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

Wed 18 Nov

Cancelled / 0844 871 3014

…and 15 more dates until 26 Mar 2022

Sunny Afternoon

  • Directed by: Edward Hall, Adam Cooper
  • Written by: Ray Davies (music & lyrics), Joe Penhall

British singer-songwriter, Ray Davies, recalls his early life and the career of the eponymous pop-rock group, The Kinks, in this musical biography set during the 1950s and 1960s.

Tue 10 Nov

£13–£56.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 11 Nov

£13–£56.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 12 Nov

£13–£56.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 14 Nov

Waitress

When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness. Brought to life by a ground-breaking, female-led creative team, this ‘ warm…

Mon 21 Jun 2021

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 22 Jun 2021

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 23 Jun 2021

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 26 Jun 2021

Waitress The Musical

The large-scale stage adaptation of the 2007 film brought to you by a female-led creative team that became an instant Broadway hit goes on a UK tour in late 2020.

Tue 12 Jan 2021

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 13 Jan 2021

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 14 Jan 2021

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 16 Jan 2021

White Christmas

Family musical based on the beloved festive classic film.

Tue 15 Dec

£13–£104 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 16 Dec

£13–£104 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 17 Dec

£13–£104 / 0844 871 3014

…and 12 more dates until 3 Jan 2021

Whitney: Queen of the Night

A celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston through three decades of classic hits.

Sun 4 Oct

£13–£77.90 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 15 Nov

£13–£48 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 6 Nov 2021

£12–£36.50 / 0844 871 3014

You Win Again - Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees

Direct from London’s West End: You Win Again is out on tour – Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees. The magical music of the Gibbs’ brothers takes you on a journey like no other, from Idea *album, right through to *Spirits Having Flown, with all the incredible hits they wrote for Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Dolly…

Mon 6 Sep 2021

£22.25–£42.25 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 23 Sep 2021

£24.50–£75 / 0844 871 3014

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