Edinburgh Playhouse

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Edinburgh Playhouse seating plan

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 211 seat reviews and 134 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

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.

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.

Recent seat reviews

Circle BB10

lydiadeetz 5"4, 21 reviews
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Edinburgh Playhouse Circle BB10 view from seat photo

This seat was so amazing for the price you pay. The seat felt like being in a private box, so much legroom and great view. The front box occasionally restricts the left hand corner of the stage but not enough to take away from the show. More

Saw 9 to 5 the Musical 9 to 5 the Musical on 15 November 2019

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Stalls L11
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bencartwright 6"2, 23 reviews
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Edinburgh Playhouse Stalls L11 view from seat photo

The seat itself was quite uncomfortable but what made up for it was both the legroom (a gangway in front of this row provided ample legroom) and the view - very clear and close to the action whilst being far back enough to fully appreciate the show. More

Saw 9 to 5 the Musical 9 to 5 the Musical on 16 November 2019

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Stalls BB12

liammcintosh 8 reviews
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Edinburgh Playhouse Stalls BB12 view from seat photo

Good seat slightly miss the side of the stage but depends on the show if this effects it or not Some slight sound issues but this is the first venue of the tour and the venue was half empty which I think effected it More

Saw Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! on 24 September 2019

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