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Edinburgh Playhouse Seating Plan

The Edinburgh Playhouse has a capacity of 3056 seats, including 1587 seats in the Stalls, 631 seats in the Circle and 838 seats in the Balcony. Use our interactive seating plan to view 85 seat reviews and 30 photos of views from seat. Edinburgh Playhouse Seating Plan

Good Value Seats

For those looking to purchase tickets on a budget, seats towards the middle of the rear left and right sections of the Stalls and Circle offer clear views, despite being angled towards the stage. Although the view may at times be restricted, these seats are close to the stage and facial expressions will be visible. Seats in the Balcony offer clear views of the stage for a discounted price.

Premium Seats

Seats in the front-centre of the Stalls and the Circle offer unobstructed views of the stage for a premium price. For large-scale musical productions, it would be best to sit in the front of the Circle, which is close to the stage and allows you to take in the show as a whole.

Edinburgh Playhouse Info

Scotland’s Edinburgh Playhouse originally opened in 1929 as a cinema, operating successfully for forty years. Designed by John Fairweather, the venue is modelled on New York’s Roxy Theatre, after Fairweather was inspired by the building’s splendour. In 1973, Edinburgh Playhouse closed and was sold to a property developer. Threats of demolition saw the Playhouse Preservation Action Group campaign to keep it open. In 1980, the building relaunched as a theatre and has been owned by ATG since 2010.

Housing large touring musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Miserables, the venue seats an impressive 3,059 people and is the largest working theatre in the UK. It is built over three levels; the Stalls, Circle and Balcony. The Stalls is the largest section, with 1,500 seats that offer excellent views. The Circle seats 700 and offers more restricted views due to stairwells. The Balcony is particularly high and far away from the stage. The Edinburgh Playhouse is a large, grand theatre, close to several bars and restaurants in the city.

Location and Map

18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
  • Sunset Boulevard at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Sunset Boulevard

    Ria Jones stars as diva Norma Desmond in a brand new UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical Sunset Boulevard, directed by Nikolai Foster. When writer Joe Gillis stumbles upon the mansion of faded screen-star Norma, he enters into a world from which he cannot escape. The musical features show-stopping songs including “With One Look” and “The Perfect Year”.

    Booking from 03 Oct 2017 to 07 Oct 2017
  • Million Dollar Quartet at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Million Dollar Quartet

    Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp stars in the West End’s rock ‘n’ roll musical Million Dollar Quartet at the Edinburgh Playhouse. A worldwide success, the show is inspired by the unique recording session that featured legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Dance along to a rockin’ score that includes “Great Balls of Fire”, “Walk the Line”, “Blue Suede Shoes” and more!

    Booking from 24 Oct 2017 to 28 Oct 2017
  • Cabaret at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh


    Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical Cabaret embarks on a sizzling tour, stopping at the UK’s biggest venues. Delve into the dark depths of Weimar Berlin in 1931, and witness Sally Bowles performing at the infamous Kit Kat Klub in a stunningly sexy re-imagining of the classic musical. With songs including “Maybe This Time” and “Cabaret”, this is a sure-fire hit.

    Booking from 14 Nov 2017 to 18 Nov 2017
  • Tango Moderno at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Tango Moderno

    Strictly Come Dancing favourites Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring a brand new show to the UK’s biggest venues. Tango Moderno fuses together Ballroom, Latin and Argentine Tango to create a production that simply sizzles with desire. Dance partners and world champions, the pair showcase their unique chemistry in this dazzling new show.

    Booking from 23 Nov 2017 to 25 Nov 2017
  • Beautiful at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh


    Broadway’s Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Beautiful – The Carole King Musical embarks on a spectacular UK tour, bringing the music of the chart-topping legend to the Edinburgh Playhouse. Following the life of award-winning performer Carole King, the musical features an incredible songbook, including “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman”, “Locomotion”, “I Feel the Earth Move” and many more.

    Booking from 28 Nov 2017 to 02 Dec 2017
  • Shrek The Musical at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Shrek The Musical

    After success across the UK and in the West End, Shrek the Musical returns on a major new tour! Follow Shrek and his chatty companion Donkey as they embark on an adventure to rescue the fierce Princess Fiona! When the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad requests her hand in marriage, Princess Fiona must first reveal her own hidden secret.

    Booking from 12 Dec 2017 to 07 Jan 2018
  • Flashdance at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh


    What a feeling! Flashdance – The Musical high-kicks its way into the Edinburgh Playhouse as part of a sensational new tour. Based on the classic film, the musical follows 18 year old Alex, a welder who dreams of making it big in dance. When romance begins to cloud her ambitions, she uses it to drive her dance passion! Witness some phenomenal choreography combined with an electrifying score!

    Booking from 15 Jan 2018 to 20 Jan 2018
  • This Is Elvis at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    This Is Elvis

    Booking from 12 Feb 2018 to 17 Feb 2018
  • The Sound Of Music at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    The Sound Of Music

    Booking from 20 Feb 2018 to 24 Feb 2018
  • The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas

    Booking from 26 Feb 2018 to 03 Mar 2018
  • Blood Brothers at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Blood Brothers

    Booking from 05 Mar 2018 to 10 Mar 2018
  • Hairspray at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh


    Dance the night away with the brand new UK tour of smash-hit musical comedy Hairspray! Be welcomed into 1960’s Baltimore, where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with an even bigger heart, is desperate to dance her way on to national TV! Featuring favourite songs such as “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, “Without Love” and more, prepare for big hair and some big dancing!

    Booking from 12 Mar 2018 to 17 Mar 2018
  • Crazy For You at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Crazy For You

    Booking from 03 Apr 2018 to 07 Apr 2018
  • Fat Friends - The Musical at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Fat Friends - The Musical

    Booking from 19 Apr 2018 to 22 Apr 2018
  • Purple Rain at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    Purple Rain

    Booking from 23 Apr 2018 to 28 Apr 2018
  • Wicked at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh


    Thank Goodness! The spellbinding West End and Broadway musical Wicked embarks on a magical UK tour, telling the little-known story of the Wicked Witch of the West. Featuring a hugely memorable score including “The Wizard and I”, “Defying Gravity” and “No Good Deed”, follow Elphaba and Glinda, two unlikely friends brought together by chance.

    Booking from 08 May 2018 to 09 Jun 2018
  • Titanic at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh


    Booking from 12 Jun 2018 to 16 Jun 2018
  • An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical

    Booking from 02 Jul 2018 to 07 Jul 2018
  • The Band at the Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

    The Band

    Take That presents a brand new musical written by Tim Firth and featuring their greatest hits! The Band kicks off a tour at the UK’s biggest venues, starring the five boys who won the BBC talent show Let It Shine. Following five girls who dream of meeting their idols, this fun, feel-good musical is guaranteed to have you humming Take That tunes for days!

    Booking from 10 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2018

Accessible Seats

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Getting into the Venue
The Edinburgh Playhouse is situated on Greenside Lane and is step-free from the street into the Circle Bar, which is located on the right-hand side of the foyer. Entering through this main entrance gives level access to Circle seating, which is easy access for those with limited mobility.

All sections of the theatre must otherwise be reached by steps, as there is no customer lift. The Edinburgh Playhouse is not accessible for those with mobility scooters.

Customer Assistance
Staff are on hand for patrons who require assistance. Those who wish to transfer into aisle seats are advised to bring a companion. It is recommended that those wishing to transfer book seats in the rear Circle for their own ease. Please note that transfers may require two or more steps to reach.

The Edinburgh Playhouse is able to store wheelchairs in the Circle Bar for the duration of the performance. There is no cloakroom at this venue. An at-seat service is also available on request for those that are unable to access the bars. Staff must be notified prior to the performance if this service is required.

How to Book
For those who require assistance or wish to book wheelchair spaces and transfers, it is important to book well in advance to guarantee availability and notify the theatre of any special requirements. Discounted tickets are available for access patrons and one companion, with the price depending on the show booking.

For further information, ticket bookings and assistance please call the access line: 0844 871 7677 (calls cost 7p/pm) or email: edinburghadministrator@theambassadors.com