Playhouse Listings

Upcoming shows at the Edinburgh Playhouse

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

Click on the name of the show to go to its ticketing site.


August 2018

Forth on the Fringe
Friday 3 -Saturday 4 August 2018
Evenings: 8pm; Matinee Sat: 1pm.
Forth 1’s Breakfast show hosts, Boogie and Arlene host a collection of the ‘must see’ shows of this year’s Edinburgh fringe.

Frankie Boyle – Prometheus Volume III
Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 August 2018
Evenings: 8pm.
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.

Katherine Ryan – Glitter Room
Thursday  16 August 2018
Evening: 8pm
What does Canada’s first woman to have a worldwide Netflix special have in common with Britain’s first woman to have a worldwide Netflix special? They are both single mothers with too many pets. And they are both Katherine Ryan.

Waverley Care Comedy Gala
Saturday 18 August 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
Hosted by Joel Dommett & Tom Allen – 2018 marks the 11th year of partnership between Off The Kerb Productions and Waverley Care, Scotland’s biggest charity providing care and support to those living with HIV and Hepatitis C.

Brian Wilson
Sunday 19 Aug 2018
Evening: 7pm
The Concert in the Gardens has been transferred to the Edinburgh Playhouse so that everyone with a ticket can see the stage.

Amnesty International and The Guilty Feminist Present The Secret Policeman’s Podcast – Live!
Friday 24/Saturday 25 August 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
The Guilty Feminist joins forces with Amnesty International UK to bring The Secret Policeman back to life for 2018! Following the magnificent Secret Policeman’s tradition of presenting comedy greats for a night of misbehaviour, a hugely talented and diverse bill of performers will create some hysterical comedy and magical music.

The League Of Gentlemen Live Again
Thursday 30 Aug 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
The citizens of Royston Vasey are off on a road-trip and can’t wait to see all the wonderful local places in our increasingly local country…

September 2018

Dave Gorman – With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint
Sunday 9 Sept 2018
Evening: 8pm.

The man behind Dave TV’s 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 support from Nick Doody.

51 Shades of Maggie
Thursday 13 Sept 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
The best-selling send-up of 50 Shades of Grey tells the story of loveable Maggie, who, like most women, has been let down by all the men in her life. At the Social Security Office Maggie meets the handsome and hunky Mr Big!

The Dreamboys
Friday 14 Sept 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
The boy are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and special guest celebrity performer – Jake Quickenden.

Monday 17 -Saturday 22 Sept 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
ITV’s award-winning comedy celebrates a decade of all-inclusive hilarity, having followed the ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff for nine series since it first broadcast in 2007, with series ten due early next year. Litten has now written an all new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members as they swap sangria for the stage – after a quick spruce up at the Blow ‘n’ Go!

Islands In The Stream
Sunday 23 Sept.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Tribute show featuring the songs of the Queen and King of country music – Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.

Kevin Bridges – The Brand New Tour
Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 Sept 2018
Evenings: 8pm.
Scotland’s biggest comedy export is back with his hotly anticipated 2018 tour: Brand New.

October 2018

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure
Tuesday 2 -Saturday 6 Oct 2018
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
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 the musical adventure of a lifetime. Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture.

Soul Unlimited: Heatwave, Odyssey, Jaki Graham & Gwen Dickey
Sunday 7 Oct 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
Return to the glory days of disco, funk and soul with real dance music legends.

Let It Be
Monday 8 -Saturday 13 Oct
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
Relive The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings to the heights of Beatlemania and an amazing reunion concert featuring later hits. Æ review of 2016 tour: ★★★★☆ Upstanding.

Some Guys Have All the Luck – The Rod Stewart Story
Sunday 21 Oct.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Paul Metcalfe stars in this theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, from street busker through to international superstar.

Saturday Night Fever
Tuesday 23 -Saturday 27 Oct
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees Weds, Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Whilst paying homage to the 1977 John Travolta classic, this all new stage version promises more drama, more music and dancing in the aisles.

November 2018

The Dolls – Dragged Up
Friday 2 Nov 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
Gayle Telfer Stevens (River City) and Louise McCarthy (Scot Squad) are back in town! The tan has barely faded from their thick skin and they’re in trouble again and left lip-synching for their lives. Over 16s only.

Maximum RnB with The Manfreds
Monday 5 Nov 2018.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Sixties luminaries The Manfreds, PP Arnold and Zoot Money with an evening of Rhythm and Blues nostalgia.

Joe Lycett: I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett
Wednesday 7 Nov 2018
Evening: 8pm.
Brand new stand-up tour, where Joe Lycett will be sharing jokes, paintings and some of the pathetic internet trolling he’s been up to recently.

The Proclaimers
Friday 9/Saturday 10 Nov 2018
Doors: 7pm.
Thirty one years on and the boys are still going strong.

Noel Fitzpatrick is the Supervet
Sunday 11 Nov 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
Noel says Welcome To My World with an immersive experience, which will transport him into a virtual theatre thanks to the very latest in creative technology, allowing him to illustrate some of his remarkable techniques.

An Evening with King Crimson
Tuesday 13 Nov 2018
Evening: 7.30pm.
With Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey all on drums and Bill Rieflin returning on keyboards, guitarist Robert Fripp says that this “double quartet formation” is likely to make more noise than ever before.

Dita Von Teese
Thursday 15 Nov 2018
Evening: 8.30pm.
The biggest name in burlesque in the world since Gypsy Rose Lee, Ms von Teese is credited with bringing the art form back into the spotlight with a new sense of elegance and sophistication.

Dara O Briain – Voice of Reason
Friday 16 -Saturday 17 Nov 2018
Evenings: 8pm.
One of the most recognisable faces on British TV, the fast-talking and downright funny live performer has a brand new show.

Motown The Musical
Tuesday 20 Nov – Saturday 8 Dec 2018
Evenings (not Sun): 7.30pm, Matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Over 40 hits tell the story behind Motown, the personal relationships, the professional struggles, and – of course – the music that made history, defined the sound of a generation and got the whole world moving to the same beat.

December 2018

Kinky Boots
Monday 10 Dec 2018 -Saturday 5  Jan 2019
Evenings: 7.30pm, Matinees Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, ‘London’s hottest musical’ (Smooth Radio) Kinky Boots is spending the Festive season in Edinburgh.


Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael
Sat 12 Jan
Evening: 7.30pm
Direct from London’s West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show.

February 2019

A Country Night in Nashville
Fri 1 Feb
Evening: 7.30pm
Recreates the scene of a buzzing Honky Tonk in downtown Nashville, perfectly capturing the energy and atmosphere of an evening in the home of Country Music.

American Idiot
Tue 5 – Sat 9 Feb
Tue – Fri: 7.30pm; Sat: 4pm & 8pm.
Following two critically acclaimed West End runs and a sell-out UK Tour, Green Day’s explosive rock musical returns in a Selladoor production to mark the show’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning original album.

Menopause: The Musical
Sun 10 Feb
Evening: 6pm.
This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics.

Jersey Boys
Tue 19 Feb – Sat 2 Mar
Evenings (not Sun 24): 7.30pm; Matinees Wed 20, Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
The true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide. Featuring hit after legendary hit including Beggin’, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more.

March 2019

Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Giselle
Thu 7 Mar
Evening: 7.30pm.
The most poignant of all classical ballets is filled with dramatic passion in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave.

Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Swan Lake
Fri 8 – Sat 9 Mar
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinee Sat: 2.30pm.
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

April 2019

Matilda The Musical
Tue 2 – Sat 27 Apr
Evenings (not Suns): 7.30pm; Matinee Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, this Royal Shakespeare Company production is the story inspired by the book by Roald Dahl.of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Rock of Ages
Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May
Evenings: 7.30pm; Matinees Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
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!

May 2019

Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of the Dubliners
Wed 8 May
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.

Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals
Fri 10 May – Sat 11 May
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.

Bill Bailey – Larks In Transit
Fri 31 May
Evening: 8pm.
A compendium of travelers’ 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.

June 2019

The Carpenters Story
Sat 1 Jun
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.

That’ll Be The Day
Sun 2 Jun
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.

Club Tropicana
Tue 11 Jun – Sat 15 Jun
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…

October 2019

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.

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