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 44 events at this location

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51 Shades of Maggie

  • Written by: Leesa Harker

Comedy spoof of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of Maggie Muff and her search for love. Maggie is a working class girl who, like most women, has been let down by all the men in her life.

Thu 13 Sep

£26.25–£51.25 / 0844 871 3014

The Band

  • Written by: Tim Firth

Brand new British musical featuring the songs of Take That, created in association with Britain’s most successful band. Written by Tim Firth The Band tells the story of five 16-year-old girls who are fans of a male pop group. Playing the boy band are Five to Five, the winners of the BBC show Let It Shine.

Tue 10 Jul

£23.40–£79.40 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 11 Jul

£23.40–£79.40 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 12 Jul

£23.40–£79.40 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 14 Jul

Ben Howard

Thoughtful acoustic sounds from the Devon-born songsmith.

Thu 28 Jun

£34.38–£45.38 / 0844 871 3014

Benidorm

Stage version of the long-running ITV sitcom.

Mon 17 Sep

£16–£55.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 18 Sep

£16–£55.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 19 Sep

£16–£55.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 22 Sep

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

Comedy Gala 2018: In Aid of Waverley Care

Waverley Care and Off The Kerb Productions Ltd Edinburgh's biggest comedy event returns. Always a complete sell-out so book early to avoid disappointment. 2018 marks the 11th year of partnership between Off The Kerb Productions Ltd and Waverley Care, Scotland’s biggest charity providing care and support to those living…

Sat 18 Aug

Auditorium

£25 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Crossing Over with John Edward

The psychic medium, author and lecturer is here to answer your questions.

Sat 15 Sep

£29.15–£90.15 / 0844 871 3014

Dara O'Briain – Voice of Reason

The television regular – best known as the host of Mock The Week – brings his latest routine to the stage.

Fri 16 Nov

£28.15 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 17 Nov

£28.15 / 0844 871 3014

Dave Gorman

Tickets on sale Friday 17 November at 9am **Dave Gorman: *****With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint*** Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, ***With Great…

Sun 9 Sep

£32.05 / 0844 871 3014

Dave Gorman: With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint

The Stafford-born stand-up who worked as a writer on TV comedies The Fast Show and The Mrs Merton Show presents his latest tour featuring Powerpoint presentations.

Sun 9 Sep

£31.65 / 0844 871 3014

Dita Von Teese's The Art Of The Teese

The international burlesque superstar combines four of her most popular performances including a reworked version of her Martini Glass routine, clad in haute couture costumes by Jenny Packham, Catherine D'Lish and Mr Pearl.

Thu 15 Nov

£33.65–£74.15 / 0844 871 3014

The Dolls: Dragged Up

Missing money, an unlucky handbag and nutcase gangsters are just a few of the disasters that Agnes and Sadie have to dodge as the Dolls are dragged through a glittering underworld filled with rivalries, rhinestones and rammies.

Fri 2 Nov

£30–£55 / 0844 871 3014

The Dreamboys

The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2018. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breathtaking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with…

Fri 14 Sep

£21–£32 / 0844 871 3014

Edinburgh Cinema and Events Group

This group is for anyone interested in film and having an enjoyable sociable evening, with the occasional alternative event thrown in for free. Primarily based at the fountain park Cineworld, the group meets on a Sunday evening to take in a good film and a drink afterwards for those that can manage it. Fridays also take…

Mon 2 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 871 3014

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Forth on the Fringe

Forth on the Fringe with Edinburgh St James is our annual one stop shop for the essential acts you need to see from The Edinburgh Festival. This year, we’ll stage 3 shows taking place from Fri 3rd –Sat 4th Aug featuring a selection of comedy, music, cabaret and dance. Tickets have just been released and this is your…

Fri 3 Aug

£24.40 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£21.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

£24.40 / 0844 871 3014

Auditorium

£21.50 / 0844 871 3014

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Frankie Boyle - Prometheus Volume III

Frankie Boyle brings Volume Three of his eight-volume Prometheus sequence to a baffled Edinburgh Playhouse. Watch Frankie’s consciousness pilot an old man’s body around the stage, telling jokes about some very important things that you don’t care about. Please note, with support and interval the running time will be…

Tue 7 Aug

£24.15 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 8 Aug

£24.15 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 9 Aug

£24.15 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 10 Aug

£24.15 / 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

I'm About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett

  • 4 stars

The Birmingham-born comic tours his latest show.

Wed 7 Nov

£24.15 / 0844 871 3014

Islands in the Stream

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

Sun 23 Sep

£24.65–£54.65 / 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

£21.90–£88.90 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 20 Feb 2019

£21.90–£88.90 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 21 Feb 2019

£21.90–£88.90 / 0844 871 3014

…and 8 more dates until 2 Mar 2019

John Grant

The singer-songwriter brings his captivating music to a very special International Festival concert.

Mon 20 Aug

£25 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room

  • 4 stars

Witty jokes and pop culture observations from the Canadian stand-up and TV star.

Thu 16 Aug

£25.40 / 0844 871 3014

Kevin Bridges: Brand New

The biggest name in Scottish stand-up continues his reign with another show packed with astute observations and deathly funny gags.

Wed 26 Sep

£35.15 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 27 Sep

£35.15 / 0844 871 3014

Fri 28 Sep

£35.15 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 30 Sep

King Crimson

Robert Fripp's pioneering intense psych-rockers return with a new seven-piece, three-drummer line-up.

Tue 13 Nov

£60.15–£75.15 / 0844 871 3014

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.

Mon 10 Dec

£19.50–£78 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 11 Dec

£19.50–£78 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 12 Dec

£19.50–£78 / 0844 871 3014

…and 19 more dates until 5 Jan 2019

The League of Gentlemen: Live Again!

Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark, unhinged characters from the popular BBC television series to the stage.

Thu 30 Aug

£40.15–£44.65 / 0844 871 3014

Let It Be

Come Together and experience the iconic music of The Beatles with Let It Be, the spectacular new concert jam-packed with over 40 of The Beatles’ greatest hits! Direct from the West End, this international hit show celebrates the legacy of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. ‘A non-stop parade of hits’ Daily Telegraph…

Mon 8 Oct

£17.50–£57.50 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 9 Oct

£17.50–£57.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 10 Oct

£17.50–£57.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 13 Oct

Madagascar the Musical

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in this musical based on the hit film.

Tue 2 Oct

£16.90–£49.40 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 3 Oct

£16.90–£49.40 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 4 Oct

£16.90–£49.40 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 6 Oct

Martyn Bennett's 'Bothy Culture'

Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside travels uptown to the Edinburgh Playhouse for one night to revisit Celtic fusion artist Martyn Bennett’s kaleidoscopically rich 1996 album Bothy Culture in truly epic style, following the huge success of Grit at the 2016 International Festival. Bothy Culture *fuses together…

Tue 21 Aug

£30 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

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–£94 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 3 Apr 2019

£15–£94 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 4 Apr 2019

£15–£94 / 0844 871 3014

…and 20 more dates until 27 Apr 2019

Maximum Rhythm and Blues with the Manfreds

A night of rhythm and blues with original members of the Manfreds including Paul Mike D’Abo, Tom McGuinness and Mike Hugg. The band is accompanied by special guests, Georgie Fame.

Mon 5 Nov

£34.65–£37.63 / 0844 871 3014

Motown The Musical

  • Directed by: Charles Randolph-Wright, Patricia Wilcox, Warren Adams
  • Written by: Berry Gordy

Nostalgic musical charting the journey of Berry Gordy from boxer to Motown music mogul.

Tue 20 Nov

£15–£87.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 21 Nov

£15–£87.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 22 Nov

£15–£87.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 14 more dates until 8 Dec

Noel Fitzpatrick: Welcome To My World

The Irishman talks about his incredible career and life journey to becoming the Supervet, as well as discussing upcoming technologies and advances in animal healthcare.

Sun 11 Nov

£30.75–£40.75 / 0844 871 3014

An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical

Musical based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. With direction by Nikolai Foster, choreography by Kate Prince and musical supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis.

Mon 2 Jul

£19.90–£75.90 / 0844 871 3014

Tue 3 Jul

£19.90–£75.90 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 4 Jul

£19.90–£75.90 / 0844 871 3014

…and 3 more dates until 7 Jul

PAW Patrol Live

The popular cartoon about young Ryder and his gang of rescue dogs makes the transition to the stage.

Sat 28 Jul

£19.15–£54.65 / 0844 871 3014

The Proclaimers

Scotland's unforgettable musical twins return to the stage with their singalong Caledonian anthems.

Fri 9 Nov

£35.15–£37.65 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 10 Nov

£35.15–£37.65 / 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! This hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its…

Tue 30 Apr 2019

£13–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 1 May 2019

£13–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 2 May 2019

£13–£49.50 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 4 May 2019

Saturday Night Fever

Musical based on the classic 1977 film.

Tue 23 Oct

£17.90–£72.90 / 0844 871 3014

Wed 24 Oct

£17.90–£72.90 / 0844 871 3014

Thu 25 Oct

£17.90–£72.90 / 0844 871 3014

…and 2 more dates until 27 Oct

Soul Unlimited: Heatwave & Odyssey

Double bill of funk, soul and disco hits.

Sun 7 Oct

£26.40–£56.90 / 0844 871 3014

Plus Jaki Graham and Gwen Dickey.

St. Vincent

Fearsomely intelligent, critically adored, St. Vincent – aka Annie Clark – is one of the most celebrated musicians on the planet, gleefully colliding defiant experimentalism with joyfully accessible pop in her uncompromisingly personal songs. Across six much-admired studio albums, she has created pioneering art-pop that…

Sun 26 Aug

£25 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour

Celebrities, professional dancers and judges take the popular BBC TV show on the road.

Fri 10 May 2019

£36.25–£56.25 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 11 May 2019

£36.25–£56.25 / 0844 871 3014

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

The show's pros ditch their celebrity albatrosses and do what they do best: dance.

Fri 10 May 2019

£40.15–£101.15 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 11 May 2019

£40.15–£101.15 / 0844 871 3014

The Waterboys

Formed in the early 1980s in Edinburgh, The Waterboys have confidently fused Celtic folk and rock'n'roll over the decades with changing line-ups, most notably on the hit single Whole Of The Moon. Original member Mike Scott continues to lead on vocals and guitar, promoting the band's first double album Out Of All This Blue.

Fri 29 Jun

£37.65–£42.65 / 0844 871 3014

The Waterboys

Indie-pop and folk with Celtic overtones by Mike Scott and his band of raggle taggle musicians.

Fri 29 Jun

£41.25 / 0844 871 3014

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