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Edinburgh Playhouse

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18 - 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AA, Edinburgh


Nestled in Scotland’s historic capital which is home to the infamousEdinburgh Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Playhouse takes the title as the largest seated theatre in the UK. Attracting huge West End tours, critically acclaimed plays, comedians, Opera, Dance, live music and much more, the Edinburgh Playhouse is a hub for culture and arts in the thriving city of Edinburgh. For example, the Edinburgh Playhouse has attracted huge shows such as The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables, The Book of Mormon, Frankie Boyle, Hairspray, Blood Brothers, Kinky Boots , the Sister Act, Wicked and Billy Elliot. It also hosts shows as part of Edinbrugh’s highly acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe festival which takes place in August as well as running stage experience projects and youth musicals projects.

A Grade II listed building, the Edinburgh Playhouse’s building design was originally modelled on the Roxy Cinema in New York and boasts a large, grand auditorium. Today the Edinburgh Playhouse is managed by the Ambassador Theatre Group who own more than fifty venues across the UK.  

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Edinburgh Playhouse Seating

The Edinburgh Playhouse has a huge capacity of 3056 seats, which means that is can seat the most people in the UK. The theatre auditorium is divided across the Stalls, the Circle and the Balcony. Ticket prices vary greatly depending on where you choose to sit in the theatre, especially given that it is such a large auditorium.

The Stalls: as the largest section of the theatre, the Stalls has a capacity of 1587 seats. If you are looking for premium seating, then this can be found in the front-centre of the Stalls which provide an incredible, intimate theatrical experience. If you are looking for cheaper tickets, then these can be found towards the back-left and right of the Stalls

The Circle: as the second tier in the Edinburgh Playhouse theatre, the Circle has a seating capacity of 631 seats and has some excellent views of the stage, especially if you sit in the mid-centre. However, there are some cheap tickets at the back of the Circle and particularly to the right and to the left.

The Balcony: this section of the theatre is in the third tier and furthest away from the stage with a capacity of 838 seats. If you are looking for a bargain, then these can be found in the Balcony and especially towards the back but there is still an excellent Edinburgh Playhouse balcony view.

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Edinburgh Playhouse Contact and Opening times

Edinburgh Playhouse Contact Numbers

Telephone Booking* :0844 871 3014 

Group Bookings** :0333 009 5388 

Access Bookings : 0800 912 6971 

Stage Door/Admin^ : 0131 524 3324 / 0131 524 3322 

Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday : 12:00 - 16:00 

Sun : 2:15 - 14:45 

The Box Office will be open until 15 minutes after the performance begins on show nights .

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Useful Information

Situated in Edinbrugh’s New Town at the base of Calton Hill, the Edinburgh Playhouse is in the heart of Edinburgh’s bustling city and is near many different tourist attractions. You can access the theatre easily by both public transport and by car. The Edinburgh Playhouse address is:

18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA 

Train: Edinburgh Waverley train station is only a 10 minute walk away from the Edinburgh Playhouse and it has many national rail services.

Bus: if you are taking the bus, then you can access the Edinburgh Playhouse using several bus routes including the 26 and the 44, which are very close on London Road, and the 7, 14, 29, 31, 37 and 49 which stop on Leith Walk.

Car: there is a car park located next to the theatre and patrons can receive discounted parking tickets, simply take a copy of your booking confirmation and Edinburgh Playhouse tickets when you go to the car park Host Lodge which is located on the entry floor. You will have received a parking chip coin when you entered the car park and you can validate it here.


The Edinburgh Playhouse access number is 0844 871 7677 (calls cost 7p/pm) or email: Please call this number prior to your visit if you require have any access enquiries or need to book wheelchair or transfer seats.

There is step-free access to the circle bar from the entrance on Greenside lane, which is situated on the right-hand side of the foyer. You can therefore easily access Circle seating which is easy to access for customers with limited mobility.

Inside the theatre

There is no customer lift inside the Edinburgh Playhouse so most sections of there theatre are difficult to access. The best section of the theatre for customers with limited mobility is the Circle, which has both Wheelchair and Transfer spaces. It is recommended that customers who wish to do transfers do so in the rear Circle. The Edinburgh Playhouse will store wheelchairs throughout the performance.

However, the Stalls and Balcony are much more difficult to access without a customer lift. The Stalls are 40 steps down from the main entrance and the Balcony is 25 steps up. These sections of the theatre are therefore not recommendable for access customers.

Staff are there to help access customers navigate the theatre and also provide an at-seat service for anyone who cannot access the bars. Please let staff no prior to your visit if you require this service.

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Edinburgh Playhouse History

The Edinburgh Playhouse opened on Monday 12th August 1929 and although it was originally intended to be a variety theatre, it opened as a ‘super’ cinema with its full stage facilities and a cafe. With a design inspired by the Roxy Cinema in New York, the building was designed by Glasgow architect John Fairweather and run by John Patrick Maguire.

The Playhouse was a theatre for 4 decades and then closed down in 1973 which lead to it being bought by a property developer. Yet two former theatre employees campaigned against it being turned into an office block,setting up an action group called the Playhouse Preservation Action Group. Their petition was successful and the theatre was saved; in 1975 the Playhouse was created in order to get the theatre up and running. Today, the theatre welcomes huge, touring productions and is hugely successful. However, there is said to be a ghost called albert who is said to cause a chill in the air on level six of the theatre as a stagehand was killed here or a night watchman committed sucicide…  

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Edinburgh Playhouse

18 - 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AA, Edinburgh1

1NOTE: approximate address. The only address that is completely valid is the one shown on the tickets

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