Coronavirus / Covid-19 update
On 3rd June 2020, The ATGTickets Customer Service Team made the below statement.
“Due to COVID-19, we are sorry to confirm that all performances at Ambassador Theatre Group venues across the UK have been suspended until Sunday 2 August.
We greatly apologise for the inconvenience this will cause, but hope that you understand that this is the correct course of action given the exceptional circumstances we are all experiencing.
Over the last few months, our teams up and down the country have successfully rescheduled over 15,000 separate performances of great quality plays, musicals, comedy and live music. For further details please go to https://www.atgtickets.com/rescheduled-and-postponed-shows/.
From November 2020 and throughout 2021, we have a wonderful array of productions on-sale, everything from Pantomime to The Book of Mormon, Disney’s The Lion King to Jimmy Carr, and Derren Brown to Sunny Afternoon. Please book with confidence knowing that if there are any further suspensions, your new tickets will remain fully valid for further exchanges or refunds.
If you have made a booking that is affected by this suspension, you do not need to do anything. We are currently contacting customers whose original tickets were for performances up to 28 June. Customers booked for performances between 29 June -12 July will be contacted in the week commencing 8 June. Customers booked for performances between 13 July – 2 August will be contacted in the week commencing 22 June.
On behalf of all our staff, backstage crews, front of house teams, actors, dancers, musicians, and the entire British theatre industry we want to thank you for your support and understanding as we work together to ensure the future success of our industry. All of us at ATG are enormously proud to be a small part of British Theatre, renowned as the greatest in the world. The arts has inspired, educated, entertained and enriched the lives of audiences for hundreds of years but has never been challenged like this. With your ongoing commitment we believe we can come back faster and stronger than ever before.
As you can imagine, we have a large number of customers that we are assisting, so we ask that you please bear with us. Your patience is greatly appreciated at this time.“
The Edinburgh Playhouse is the largest working theatre in the UK in terms of audience capacity, seating 3,059 people over three levels. Originally used as a cinema, nowadays the venue is used for large scale touring musical productions. The theatre is managed by the Ambassadors Theatre Group (ATG) who use it to house a wide variety of different performances each year. The building itself is a Grade I Listed Building and was originally modelled on the Roxy Cinema in New York.
The Edinburgh Playhouse will feature a full line-up of exciting shows in 2020, including The Lion King, Once, The Book of Mormon, Footloose and Dreamgirls. Check out the listing below to see the biggest shows that are coming up in 2020
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|Show||Running Time||Booking Dates|
|Beautiful: The Carole King Musical||2 hours 30 minutes (incl. interval)||Tuesday 5 May – Saturday 9 May 2020|
|Once||2 hours 15 minutes (incl. interval)||Tuesday 26 May – Saturday 30 May 2020|
|The Book of Mormon||2 hours 20 minutes (incl. interval)||Wednesday 17 June – Saturday 4 July 2020|
|Heathers||TBC||Tuesday 7 July – Saturday 11 July 2020|
|Footloose||TBC||Tuesday 28 July – Saturday 1 August 2020|
|The Commitments||TBC||Monday 12 October – Saturday 17 October 2020|
|Dreamgirls||TBC||Tuesday 24 November – Saturday 5 December 2020|
History and Design
The Edinburgh Playhouse was the largest cinema building ever built in Scotland and still survives in its original form. It was designed by architect John Fairweather as a ‘super cinema’ with an aim to include as many seats as possible whilst creating a unique experience for the audience members. It opened in the late 1920s and was designed originally with theatrical use in mind which is evidenced by the large stage and full sized fly tower. Its exterior is misleading as it is not clear how big the site actually is from looking at it outside. The Grand Circle is on the street level and the Stalls are accessed by steps down.
The cinema opened in August 1929 and featured 1500 seats in the Stalls, 680 in the Circle and 860 in the Balcony. The stage is 45ft deep and 85ft wide and featured 30 dressing rooms backstage. The orchestra pic extends underneath the stage meaning no space is taken out from the front rows.
During the 1970s the cinema was closed as cinema going became less popular in the UK. The building was scheduled for demotion, but thankfully this was revoked in 1974 as a petition to save the venue was signed by over 15,000 people. It then became a listed building and reopened as a prime theatrical venue.
Address: Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3AA
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3014
Group Booking: 0844 871 3034
Access Booking: 0844 871 7677
Box Office Opening Hours: 12-8pm on performance days. 12-4pm on non-performance days.
Access requirements: Up to 8 wheelchair spaces are available per performance.
Bars and Hospitality: There are bars on all levels of the venue, along with a number of suites that can be booked alongside your visit.
The Edinburgh Playhouse is one of the UK’s many haunted theatres. Staff members have reported seeing a man in grey known as Albert appearing on the sixth level of the theatre, accompanied by a burst of cold air. His full identity isn’t known, but he is thought to be the ghost of a stage hand or night-watchman who killed himself in the building.