The main reason why I was in Edinburgh was to see 'The Phantom of the Opera' at The Playhouse. I'm a big fan of the musical and have seen it many times. As well as marking my 50th visit to the musical it was one of the actors (who played Phantom) last performances over the weekend (September 2012). I was keen to see him perform as Phantom for the last time on tour and say goodbye to him at Stage Door after the show. I ended up seeing the musical on the Friday evening as well as the Saturday. It was great enjoying the musical and sharing the experience with friends and fans who travelled far and beyond to be there! I saw in Balcony, which are reasonably priced tickets, even if leg room isn't the best in the world but I managed to make myself comfortable.
The Edinburgh Playhouse opened in 1929 originally as a variety theatre but decided to become a cinema. It was designed by John Fairweather, a Glasgow architect. Until 1973 it became a successful cinema and was at a high risk for demolition but with an active campaign the Playhouse was saved.
After a successful campaign, the Playhouse, opened in 1980 as a theatre and was owned by subsequent theatre companies. The Playhouse hosted some of the most successful musicals including The Phantom of the Opera (which toured here in 1995/96, 1999 and 2012), Cats, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. As well as musicals the venue hosts other productions including concerts by famous and legendary performers. The Playhouse is know to have a resident ghost but this is yet to be proved. It's one of the largest theatre venues in the UK with over 3,000 seats in the auditorium.
You can find out further information about The Playhouse and forthcoming productions by clicking onto this link.
Dress Code: Smart casual
After the musicals & other top theatre shows have had their London West End premiers, Edinburgh Playhouse is usually the first Scottish theatre to enjoy welcoming a big show. Prices are based on seating & what show is currently running. Top musicals like Miss Saigon usually run for up to 3 weeks. Performance times are Monday - Saturday evenings 7.30pm Wednesday & Saturday Matinees 2.30pm
Dress Code: Most people like to make the most of a theatre visit & dress up a little or a lot - you choose
This is contemporary theatre - a hub of Edinburgh's arts scene. Beware in case the play is just too weird & wonderful!
We saw one about a successful 50 y-o NYC architect who destroys himself and his family by taking up bestiality - falls in love with a goat. Ahem...
Funny and very well acted, but kinda weird.
The place has a cool bar/cafe as well. You can take drinks to your seat if you ask for a plastic glass.
We had free tickets (maybe they couldn't give them away) which should have been £16.
Edward Albee's "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" was the play...
Dress Code: MUST be cool. Dress down, not up!
Went to see The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Irish playwrite Martin McDonagh, about a dysfunctional relationship between mother and middle aged daughter in Connemara.
My first visit to this theatre!
Excellent play & great atmospheric venue. The time just flew by - the true test.
Cost was £22 each seat in the grand circle.
You can book and print tickets online.
Dress Code: None on a Tuesday night. Maybe folks dress up at the weekend.
Can this be regarded as nightlife? I've decided it can be since it takes place from 21.00 to 23.00.
If you are lucky enough to be in Edinburgh in August do not miss this under any circumstances. Even if you don't like bagpipes. You will like them by the end of the evening! I checked the website for tickets immediately when I knew I was going to Edinburgh. The site said they were all sold but that I could phone to see if there were any returns. There were. So I got my ticket and entrance to one of the best and most unforgettable events I have ever experienced.
My most recent visit to Edinburgh was in order to go and see the musical "We Will Rock You" and I also saw "Chicago" here, with one of my teen pop idols Marti Pellow!!
Although Edinburgh has its fair share of theatres The Playhouse tends to be the place with the big west end type shows so its worth checking out whats on while you are in town. You might strike lucky and find something good.
Dress Code: We were commenting on the fact that people don't seem to dress up for the theatre the same way they used to. It would seem that anything goes now. We saw plenty of people in jeans
Edinburgh has an excellent range of theatres and concert venues. On this page I'll detail as many as possible.
The Usher Hall is perhaps the most impressive and located nearby is the Traverse Theatre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre.
Kings Theatre is also nearby at Toll Cross and is run in conjunction with the Festival Theatre which is a modern well designed facility on Nicholson Street.
Pleasance Theatre is open during the festival with 2 venues.
The Assembly Rooms has shows, ceilidhs and lectures throughout the year and is a major venue during the festival.
The Edinburgh Playhouse is situated at Picardy Place and has a great range of shows.
There are several smaller theatres and the Edinburgh Guide has a what's on guide and links to these.
Do you want to experience cold spots, rapping noises, cuts, bruising and physical attacks? Join the haunted graveyard tour and anything can happen... SPOOOOOKY ;)
The tour lasts one hour and 15 minutes and tours leave at 8:30pm, 9:15pm and 10pm (April-October) and 7:30pm, 8:30pm (Nov-March).
Dress Code: Make sure to wear warm enough clothes!
Regarded as the national Theatre of Scotland, the Traverse Theatre's main remit is the promotion of new and contemporary Scottish writing. A producing theatre, it also hosts visiting companies (predominantly Scottish) in its two auditoria (approx 350 and 120 seats).
During the Festival, it is the centre for those who want to see serious, language-based theatre from Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world. Performances run from 11am until 1am (approx) during August (closed Mondays).
Dress Code: whatever goes
This downtown area is very nice with it's shopping and restaurants-and over New Year's-the Hogmanny festival-the streets are open to all fun and fireworks at the castle.