The Edinburgh Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse
18–22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
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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 42 events at this location

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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 6 Jun

£25.50–£35.50 / 0844 871 3014

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.

Thu 20 Aug

£24–£34 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£24 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 21 Aug

£24–£34 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£24 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alan Carr: Not Again, Alan!

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

Sun 27 Sep

£29.40 / 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

Ant Middleton Mind Over Muscle Tour 2020

Ant Middleton, best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit shows, SAS: Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and *Escape *has announced a brand new fully immersive show for 2020, The Mind Over Muscle Tour. The No. 1 Sunday Times Best Selling Author’s tour will bring the ‘elements’ to the audience through lighting, sound…

Sun 1 Nov

£33.90–£70.40 / 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

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 11 Sep

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 12 Sep

£13–£70 / 0844 871 3014

Blood Brothers

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s…

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 2 more dates until 24 Oct

Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-Along

  • 2018

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

Sun 17 May

£16 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 13 Sep

£16 / 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 17 Jun

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 18 Jun

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 19 Jun

£13–£95 / 0844 871 3014

…and 13 more dates until 4 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.

Tue 4 Aug

£13–£29.50 / 0844 871 3014

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'.

Mon 26 Oct

£13–£106 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 27 Oct

£13–£106 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 28 Oct

£13–£106 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 31 Oct

The Commitments

The Commitments is a fantastically feel good celebration of soul. Returning to tour the UK and Ireland 5 years after a phenomenally successful, record breaking run in London’s West End and subsequent sell-out tour. The Commitments is based on the BAFTA award-winning film classic. The Commitments received universal…

Mon 12 Oct

£13–£67.90 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 13 Oct

£13–£67.90 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 14 Oct

£13–£67.90 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 17 Oct

A Country Night in Nashville

The ultimate celebration of country music.

Fri 1 May

£24–£28 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 21 Mar 2021

£24–£28 / 0844 871 3014

Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix

The international burlesque superstar presents her latest show.

Tue 28 Apr

£33.90–£154.90 / 0844 871 3014

Mon 22 Feb 2021

£33.90–£154.90 / 0844 871 3014

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–£67.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 25 Nov

£13–£67.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 26 Nov

£13–£67.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 8 more dates until 5 Dec

Footloose

Stage adaptation of the Kevin Bacon dance movie.

Tue 28 Jul

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 29 Jul

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 30 Jul

£13–£55 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 1 Aug

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 7 Aug

£25.40–£71.40 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£22.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

£25.40–£71.40 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£22.50 / 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.

Sun 17 May

£16 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 13 Sep

£16 / 0844 871 3014

Hairspray the Musical

The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is returning with a production guaranteed to have you dancing the night away! 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…

Mon 25 Jan 2021

£13–£57 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 26 Jan 2021

£13–£57 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 27 Jan 2021

£13–£57 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 30 Jan 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 7 Jul

£13–£96 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 8 Jul

£13–£96 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 9 Jul

£13–£96 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 11 Jul

Jane McDonald

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

Fri 5 Jun

£34.90–£49.90 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 15 Sep

£34.90–£49.90 / 0844 871 3014

Jason Manford: Like Me

The comic hits the road again with more observational comedy.

Sat 24 Apr 2021

£35.40 / 0844 871 3014

Joe Bonamassa

Virtuoso of blues rock guitar, discovered by BB King when he was 12 and much loved by readers of guitar magazines.

Mon 27 Apr

£65.40–£130.40 / 0844 871 3014

Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much …

The comedian and TV presenter returns.

Sun 31 May

£24.40 / 0844 871 3014

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

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. It reinvents the film for a whole new audience.

Wed 8 Apr

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 9 Apr

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 10 Apr

£20–£95 / 0844 871 3014

…and 7 more dates until 18 Apr

Menopause The Musical 2

In our brand-new show, Cruising Through Menopause, the hysterical sequel to the smash-hit show Menopause The Musical®, we fast forward five years to catch up with the same four ladies as they set off on the high seas for tales of their lives, loves and losses. Hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, memory lapses…

Sat 23 May

£35 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 21 Feb 2021

£35 / 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 17 Jul

£26.90–£89.90 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 18 Jul

£26.90–£89.90 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 19 Jul

£26.90–£89.90 / 0844 871 3014

Once: The Musical

Musical based off the acclaimed Irish indie feature which follows the unexpected love that blossoms between a Dublin busker and a Czech immigrant.

Tue 26 May

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

On sale Thu 27 Jun

Wed 27 May

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

On sale Thu 27 Jun

Thu 28 May

£13–£53 / 0844 871 3014

On sale Thu 27 Jun

…and 2 more dates until 30 May

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…

Thu 11 Jun

£24.50 / 0844 871 3014

PAW Patrol Live!: Race To the Rescue

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

Tue 14 Jul

£28.40–£63.40 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 15 Jul

£28.40–£63.40 / 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.

Fri 24 Apr

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 25 Apr

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3014

Sun 26 Apr

£42.65–£59.15 / 0844 871 3014

Russell Howard: Respite

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

Tue 18 Aug

£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.

Tue 23 Mar 2021

£13–£74.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 24 Mar 2021

£13–£74.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 25 Mar 2021

£13–£74.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 27 Mar 2021

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

£31.90 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 17 Sep

£31.90 / 0844 871 3014

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

£29.40–£44.40 / 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.

Sun 8 Nov

£43.90–£47.90 / 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

£13–£97.40 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 17 Nov

£13–£97.40 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 18 Nov

£13–£97.40 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 21 Nov

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

Enjoy the magic of Strictly up close and personal! The professional dancers from the tremendously popular BBC programme perform.

Wed 3 Jun

£41.40–£78.90 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 4 Jun

£41.40–£78.90 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 3 Jun 2021

£38.50–£70.50 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 4 Jun 2021

£38.50–£70.50 / 0844 871 3014

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. Directed by Edward Hall.

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 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

Times to be confirmed / 0844 871 3014

Wed 13 Jan 2021

Times to be confirmed / 0844 871 3014

Thu 14 Jan 2021

Times to be confirmed / 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 13 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 10 May

£13–£77.90 / 0844 871 3014

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