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 267 seat reviews and 183 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 K6

donswanson 5'7", 4 reviews
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Edinburgh Playhouse Circle K6 view from seat photo

Good leg room, view great as long as you don't get tall people in front of you. Some adults were using booster seats, but not realising they were restricting view of those behind. The rake between the rows of seats is quite shallow. More

Saw The Lion King The Lion King on 03 January 2020

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Circle E47

jessicaferguson 1 reviews
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Edinburgh Playhouse Circle E47 view from seat photo

we had a good view of the whole stage. Perhaps if there was some action happning all the way on the left the view might be limited but as this rarely happens the seat had a good view. The tiered staggered seating allows a good view of the stage and booster... More

Visited 23 January 2020

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Circle A11

bronwenbeaton 12 reviews
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Edinburgh Playhouse Circle A11 view from seat photo

front row of circle so theres no one in front of you and nothing to block your view. not the best legroom but the view is the best and sound from the circle is the best. slight side view but not missing anything. always sit in this area More

Saw Club Tropicana Club Tropicana on 11 June 2019

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