Playhouse Listings

Upcoming shows at the Edinburgh Playhouse

18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
Edinburgh Playhouse
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May 2019

RuPaul’s Drag Race – Werq the World Tour
Monday 6 May 2019
Evening: 80pm.
The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all new production for 2019! Mission leader Michelle Visage takes voyagers on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Aquaria, Kameron Michaels, Asia O’Hara, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Monét X Change and Violet Chachki! Book now.

Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds
Tuesday 7 May 2019
Evening: 7pm
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, together with guest Gaz Coombes, will perform a special all-seated show at the Edinburgh Playhouse this May before heading to the Far East on tour. Sold out.

Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of the Dubliners
Wednesday 8 May 2019 
Evening: 7.30pm.
Brings to life the music of Ireland’s favorite sons ‘The Dubliners’. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan. This talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life. Book now.

The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa
Thursday 9 May 2019 
Evening: 8pm.
See news feature: Zappa ghosts into Playhouse
The Frank Zappa hologram tour has recruited a band of former Mothers for this monumental series of shows. Hours of never-before-seen Zappa performance footage from the early seventies will form the basis of the ‘can’t miss’ live concert and hologram spectacle. Only Scottish tour date. Book now.

Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals
Friday 10 – Saturday 11 May 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Sat matinee: 2.30pm.
Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous production will bring together some of the much-loved Strictly Professional dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle with their dance prowess. Book now.

Thriller Live
Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 May 2019
Tue – Fri: 7.30pm; Sat: 4pm & 8pm.
Direct from London’s West End, where it’s in its record breaking 9th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Æ reviews of previous tours: Thriller LIVE!  Book now.

Michael McIntyre: Big World Tour Continued – Warm Up Show
Wed 22 – Thurs 23 May 2019
Evening: 8pm
Michael McIntyre is continuing his Big World Tour this spring and is warming up with shows around the UK. (Please note that this show contains material from his 2018 Big World Tour show) Book here.

The Mousetrap
Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 May 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Wed matinee: 2.30pm.
Æ reviews of previous tours: The Mousetrap.

A group of people in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? Agatha Christie’s famously long-running play reveals its characters’ sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motives are finally revealed.   Book now.

Bill Bailey – Larks In Transit
Friday 31 May 2019
Evening: 8pm.
A compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Book now.

June 2019

The Carpenters Story
Sat 1 June 2019
Evening: 7pm.
Highly acclaimed concert-style production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular re-creation of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music. Book now.

That’ll Be The Day
Sun 2 June 2019
Evening: 7pm.
Highly acclaimed for its stunning live entertainment value, That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music. This latest production features a new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage. Book now.

David Blaine: Real or Magic 
Wed 5/Thurs 6 June 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
Having revolutionised modern magic and mesmerised audiences in America, magician, illusionist, and stunt artist, David Blaine sets out on his first-ever U.K. and Ireland tour from Edinburgh. His one-man show is an experiment in and of itself, combining sleight of hand with his death-defying endurance acts. No two shows will be exactly the same. Book now.

Club Tropicana
Tue 11 Jun – Sat 15 June 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinee Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
Welcome to the vibrant Club Tropicana Hotel – the 1980’s answer to Love Island, where the drinks are free and the whole family is invited to join the ultimate holiday musical, celebrating a time when hair was big, shoulders were padded and mobiles weighed a tonne… Book now.

Hair The Musical
Mon 17 – Sat 22 June 2019
Daily: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
Fiftieth anniversary tour of the liberated Sixties musical. Welcome to the Age of Aquarius – it’s 1967 and the hippies are yearning to change the world, questioning authority and the American flag. Wild, colourful, sexually liberated and free, they are united in protest and song, under the shadow of the Vietnam War. Book now.

UK Pink Floyd Experience
Friday 28 June 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
Tribute show featuring eight top-flight musicians and a world-class crew, this concert-based production authentically recreates the atmosphere of a Pink Floyd live performance, including impressive video projection on a large circular screen and a stunning light show. Book here.

July 2019

Some Guys Have All the Luck – The Rod Stewart Story
Thursday 4 July 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
Back in theatres 50 years on from the release of Rod’s first album, this is a brand new show. Frontman Paul Metcalfe as Rod captures all the excitement, energy and charisma of the legendary performer including the infamous moves, showmanship, and sense of fun that have made him one of the most successful artists of all time. Book here.

Girl’s Night Oot
Friday 5 July 2019 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
Join the girls on a hen night that you won’t forget with a smash hit retro soundtrack… Songs from 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and now! Book here.

Jane McDonald
Saturday 6 July 2019 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
The BAFTA award-winning star of Cruising with Jane McDonald and Jane & Friends always delivers a stunning performance and along with her fantastic live band, guarantees to bring the audience to their feet with this evening of music and laughter! Book here.

The Bodyguard
Tue 9 – Sat 20 July 2019
Daily (not Sun): 7.30pm; Matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
The international, award-winning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge – what they don’t expect is to fall in love. Book now.

August 2019

Forth on the Fringe
Friday 9/Saturday 10 August 2019
Evenings: 8pm, Mat, Sat: 2.30pm.
Our annual one stop shop for all the essential acts you need to see at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.We’ve had some fantastic names appear at the events in previous years. This year’s line-up will be announced with Boogie in the Morning on June 7. Boogie and Arlene will be there to host all three shows.Book here.

Craig Ferguson: Hobo Fabulous
Sunday 11 August 2019
Evening: 8pm
See news story Craig Ferguson sets EdFringe Playhouse gig.
The Grammy-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning star of CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and SiriusXM’s The Craig Ferguson Show, brings the wildly successful Hobo Fabulous to EdFringe for its European premiere – marking Ferguson’s first UK stand-up show in over 25 years. Book here.

Daniel Sloss: X
Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 August 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm.
After the success of his two Netflix specials DARK & Jigsaw, Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning comedy star, returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his international smash-hit show Daniel Sloss: X to mark his first ever headline gig at the Playhouse. Now extended to three nights. Book here.

Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt
Sunday 18 – Monday 19 August 2019
Evening: 8pm.
The award winning comedian shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this evening of stand-up and music. The accompanying book, This is Going to Hurt, is a Sunday Times bestseller and is being turned into an 8-part BBC series. Copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance. Book here.

The Secret Policeman’s Tour
Saturday 24 Aug 2019
Evening: 7.30pm.
In cahoots with the sizzling Deborah Frances-White (Guilty Feminist), Amnesty International’s revered Secret Policeman’s Tour comes to Edinburgh. This feast of super-talent boasts an exciting line-up in an electrifying night of comedy, music and discussion. Come and share an anarchistic riotous night for human rights. Book here.

September 2019

Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman
Friday 6 September 2019
Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in AS LOUD AS YOU WANT Book here.

Bianca Del Rio’s Its Jester Joke
Saturday 7 September 2019
Evening: 8.30pm.
The ‘Clown in a Gown’ tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life. The most ambitious solo drag show tour in history with her brand-new comedy show. Book now.

Mamma Mia!
Thursday 19 – Saturday 28 September 2019
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Thurs 26 & Sat: 2.30pm; Sun 22: 3pm.
See our news story here: Mamma Mia! for Playhouse.
It’s a new UK tour of Mamma Mia! And guess what? I kicks off in Edinburgh: Book now!

October 2019

Mon 30 Sept – Sat 5 Oct 2019
Daily: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
See our news story: Lesley Joseph for Miss Hannigan.
In 1930s New York, brave young Annie lives in misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. But spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas… Book now.

We Will Rock You
Monday 7 – Saturday 12 October 2019.
Evenings: 7.30pm. Matinee Wed, Sat: 2.30pm.
Queen’s music drives Ben Elton’s comic SF romp where a handful of rock rebels – the Bohemians – fight against the all-powerful Globalsoft company and its boss, the Killer Queen in a globalised future without musical instruments.  Book now.

The King and I
Wednesday 16 – Saturday 26 October 2019
Evenings Mon – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds 23, Thurs & Sat: 2.30pm.

The Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s great collaboration tours with a 50 strong cast and full orchestra. A sight to behold. Book now.

The Illegal Eagles
Sun 27 Oct 2019
Evening: 7.30pm

The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2019 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail… Book now.

The Rocky Horror Show
Mon 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov
Evenings: 8pm.
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns in a production directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp. When their car breaks down in a thunder storm, squeaky clean college kids Brad and his fiancée Janet take shelter in a spooky mansion where they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. Book now.

November 2019

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical
Tue 5 – Sat 9 Nov 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.

With more glitter than ever before, this new production of the smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics. Book now.

9 to 5 The Musical
Tue 12 – Sat 16 November 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble along to the Edinburgh Playhouse for the return of Dolly Parton’s smash-hit musical, telling the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Book here.

Elvis Tribute Artist World Tour Featuring Shawn Klush and Dean Z
Sun 17 Nov 2019
Evening: 7.30pm
Direct from the USA, the world’s biggest, best and most successful Elvis Tribute show returns to the UK by popluar demand. Starring America’s finest together in one show – Shawn Klush and Dean Z, along with the UK’s own Ben Thompson. Book here.

Tim Minchin – Back
Tue 19, Wed 20 & Sat 23 Nov 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm

The award-winning comedian, actor and composer returns to the stage for his first UK tour dates since 2011. Billed as Old Songs, New Songs, F*** You Songs, hinting at a set list of material from all corners of Minchin’s eclectic – and often iconoclastic – repertoire. Book now.

Romesh Ranganathan – The Cynics Mixtape
Thurs 21/Fri 22 Nov 2019
Evening: 7.30pm

Romesh is putting showbiz aside to deliver a carefully curated selection of all the things he has found unacceptable since the last tour, including why trying to save the environment is a scam, why none of us are truly free, and his suspicion that his wife is using gluten intolerance to avoid sleeping with him. Book now.

December 2019

The Lion King
Thursday 7 December 2019 – Sunday 9 February 2020
Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Matinees Wed, Sat, Sun: 2.30pm.
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King tells the story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands. Director Julie Taymor uses breathtaking theatrical magic to bring Disney’s original animated feature to life in a production which has thrilled over 95 million people around the world. Book here.

April 2020

Riverdance – The New 25th Anniversary Show
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 April 2020.
Evenings Fri 24/Sat 25: 7.30pm;
Matinees Sat 25/Sun 26: 2.30pm.
See Æ news: Riverdance Returns.
25 years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerising soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Book here.

That’s as far into the future as we can see at the moment…