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Book Edinburgh Playhouse tickets for events and shows 24/7 either during or outside of box office opening hours.

The theatre is part of the cultural landscape of Edinburgh and opened its doors for the first time at 2pm on Monday 12th August 1929 being in theatrical use since then. It is a listed building.
Strictly Ballroom

Although originally designed as a variety theatre, by the time the building was completed it had been decided to open it as a cinema.

Over the years, Edinburgh Playhouse has played host to the world’s biggest and most successful musicals, including Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Grease, Cats, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia, Starlight Express, Mary Poppins and We Will Rock You.

Some of the biggest names at the theatre including BAFTA Award winning shows: Disney’s The Lion King, Alan Carr – Not Again, Alan!, Shagged, Married, Annoyed Podcast, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Live Show, Footloose, Rock of Ages, Forth On The Fringe, Hairspray, 9 to 5 the Musical, Chicago, Riverdance – The New 25th Anniversary Show, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, White Christmas, Waitress, School of Rock, Strictly Ballroom, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Commitments, Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll The Rocky Horror Show, Van Morrison, live music, musical theatre and more. Shows can be from London’s West end or Broadway on New York.

The auditorium at the theatre includes The Stalls, Circle and Balcony.

Edinburgh Playhouse (Main Entrance) 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AA

Edinburgh Playhouse has a capacity of more than 3,000 and a large stage, situated at the top of Leith Walk, hosting many West End touring shows, including dance, musical, rock, or Edinburgh International Festival.

If you want to see high-quality acting by actresses and actors, give applause and a standing ovation at curtain call – whether drama or a tragedy, then visit Edinburgh Playhouse.


By car
Q Park are pleased to partner with ATG customers to offer a 15% discount on pre-booked parking for your visit.

By train
Edinburgh Playhouse is located a short walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station

Access Parking/Travel
Cars – QPark (OMNI Centre, Greenside Row) multi-storey car park (approx 2 mins away) has 9 disabled parking spaces and lift to street level. There are disabled parking bays on London Road, approx. 5 minute walk. There is a drop off point outside the omni centre where vehicles can pull up for a short amount of time and then a 50 metre walk.

Taxis – Outside Courtyard by Marriott 1 – 3 Baxter’s Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3AF

Buses – 1, 5, 7, 14, 34, 49 Stop: Omni Centre

Trams – To/From York Place

Trains – Waverley 0.3 miles uphill from the theatre.

Step-Free Access and for Wheelchair Users
Please note that the Edinburgh Playhouse does not have a lift. There is level access from the entrance into Circle Bar located on the right-hand side of the main foyer. An ‘At Seat Service’ is available on request please ask a member of the Front of House team upon arrival.

Recommended seats – For level access with only 1 step, we recommend Circle Row M. In the Circle, there are handrails from Row K to A and our AA + BB seats Our Stalls are 40 steps down (4 flights) from Street Level. There are handrails on these stairs, but there may not be handrails to all seats. There are handrails up the 25 steps (2 flights) to the Balcony. The Balcony has steeper and shallower seats than other levels with no handrails. Our Bistro and Ambassadors Lounge are located up 3 flights of stairs. Our Director’s Box is located up 6 steps.

We have 8 step-free wheelchair positions, and 8 seats are suitable if you wish to transfer to a theatre seat. There is a slight incline to these seats.

Seat width information – In the Stalls, seats are c.40cm (not including armrests). Armrests do not move. Legroom may differ throughout the level. If extra legroom is needed, please book in Row L. In the Circle, Wheelchair spaces widths are up to 110cm. Seats in the circle, including companion chairs next to wheelchair positions, are c.40cm (not including armrests). In the Balcony, seats are c.40cm and have smaller armrests. Legroom is more limited in the Balcony.

Accessible Toilet Information – We have 1 accessible toilet on our Ground (Circle) Level. This is accessed via our Circle Bar (right hand side of the Entrance Foyer). Unfortunately, we have no dedicated accessible toilets on the other levels.

Access Performances – All upcoming Audio Described, Captioned, BSL Interpreted and Relaxed performances are listed on our Assisted Performances page.

Visual Impairment Services – Information about our venue’s audio description, touch tours and other visual services can be found on our Visual Impairment Services page. We recommend seats in Stalls Rows A-E for customers who require a closer view of the stage. For Audio Described shows please sit in Stalls Rows C-E. Touch Tours may also be available to accompany Audio Described performances; this will be advertised on the web or brochure page for each show.

Hearing Impairment Services – Further Information about our venue’s hearing enhancement systems, signed performances and other hearing services can be found on our Hearing Impairment Services page. When using our Infrared System, we recommend seats in the stalls – Rows B-E. On arrival, please notify the door staff that you require a headset and they will call a member of staff to bring one to you. For BSL performances, the interpreter stands on Stage Left or Stage Right depending on the show. We suggest any seats from Row J forward will give you the best view of the interpreter. For Captioned performances, we recommend seats in Mid-Front Stalls or Mid to Front Circle. This may be dependent on the eyesight of the customer. Please avoid rear seats on all levels.

For information on a group booking, assistance dogs or guide dogs please contact the venue.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the opening hours for the Edinburgh Playhouse?

The Edinburgh Playhouse is open for patrons to attend a show 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. Customers are able to take advantage of our theatres bar facilities while waiting for the auditorium seats to be available, which is usually 30 minutes prior to the show.

Where can I park near the Edinburgh Playhouse?

St James Quarter has 17 disabled spaces in their multi-storey car park and is a few minutes walk from the theatre. Lift access available. Tickets can be validated within the theatre at the Circle Kiosk for a special offer for those using St James to park for a show. Customers may also use Q Park OMNI (Greenside Row). This multi-storey car park (a few mins walk from the theatre) has 9 disabled parking spaces and a lift to street level. There is a drop off point outside the OMNI centre where vehicles can pull up for a short amount of time and then a 50 metre walk.

Can you take bags into Edinburgh Playhouse?

There are no cloakroom facilities so please only bring smaller sized bags with you. If you have large bags or suitcases the nearest left luggage facility is Waverley Station.

When should I arrive at the Edinburgh Playhouse?

The Edinburgh Playhouse is open for patrons to attend a show 90 minutes prior to the performance commencing. Customers are able to take advantage of our theatres bar facilities while waiting for the auditorium seats to be available, which is usually 30 minutes prior to the show.

What are the best seats in Edinburgh Playhouse?

Centre of the Stalls and the Dress Circle are suggested as being the 'best'.

Does the tram stop at Edinburgh Playhouse?

The nearest stations to Edinburgh Playhouse are: Picardy Place (Edinburgh Trams), Edinburgh is 104 meters away, 2 min walk. York Place, Edinburgh is 159 meters away, 3 min walk.

How far is Edinburgh Playhouse from bus station?

The distance between Edinburgh Playhouse and Edinburgh bus Station is about 1600 feet.

What is the best train station for Edinburgh Playhouse?

Edinburgh Waverly The theatre is about 0.5km

What are the two main train stations in Edinburgh?

There are two mainline Edinburgh train stations. Edinburgh Waverley in the city centre and Haymarket Station in the West End.

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