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Playhouse Theatre Tours

Broughton & Calton
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Address: 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AA, Scotland
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+44 131 524 3333
12:00 - 18:00
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We saw Rock of Ages there and it was a great venue. I find seating in all these theatres so cramped but this one was no different. I recommend getting a seat in row L where the... read more

Reviewed 25 May 2014
Halifax, Canada
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Glasgow, Scotland
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Having visited the Playhouse for years and seen many shows I jumped at the chance to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre. The tour did not disappoint, Craig our guide took us an a magical mystery tour of all the nooks and crannies - highlights were stepping on the stage and the curtain going up. And we also heard... More 

2 Thank kmcroberts622
Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

A great tour of a storied theatre. Our guide, Maz, did a great job of taking us everywhere: the orchestra area, the luxury box, backstage, even upstairs where the flyers are (but be careful of the house ghost, Albert!), the main and general dressing rooms, etc. Everywhere we went, Maz told us fascinating stories of the history of the theatre... More 

Thank Rwilsker
Halifax, Canada
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653 reviews
358 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

We saw Rock of Ages there and it was a great venue. I find seating in all these theatres so cramped but this one was no different. I recommend getting a seat in row L where the aisle is and you get some leg room. Or, get a seat in the first row of the balcony for more leg room.... More 

1 Thank tshep42
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2014

just back from the show Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Audience were on their feet at the end clapping and dancing. Great songs and eye popping costumes. Recommended.

Thank Norma M
Kilbirnie, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2014

We went to the Playhouse, for the first time, for a performance of "The Lion King" and must say that the show was brilliant but the seating was rather uncomfortable. This is a large theatre and with 3,00 people attending the toilet facilities were stretched to the limits at the interval. Drinks are rather expensive.

Thank David G
Erskine, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Attended play house in December 2013 as a birthday treat to see Lion King had great seats and performance very good The reason for the rating is the price charged for a large glass of house wine in a flimsy plastic cup which was £914p Absolutely ridiculous price to pay did even pay that while having a glass of Rioja... More 

3 Thank Lynn G
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2013

Visited Edinburgh at beginning of December to see The Lion King as a pre Christmas treat. The Show was great but the Theatre was dreadful. The seating was very uncomfortable and cramped. Had a front row of the balcony seat and had to lean forward at all times to see all of the stage and if you dared to sit... More 

2 Thank Maureen B
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

On Tuesday 3 Sep 2013 went to Playhouse to see the musical "Hairspray" The show was excellent but the Playhouse facilities left me feeling a little disappointed. We paid top price and selected seat in the centre of the theatre. They were no different from any of the other seats and they were uncomfortable to sit on. Being 6ft my... More 

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111 reviews
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

We saw Blood Brothers at the Playhouse on Tuesday night and it was a most enjoyable evening. The theatre itself is very comfortable which is most important when sitting for approx 3 hours. staff were very helpful. This was one of the better musicals I have been at in recent years.

1 Thank DroghedaAnnie
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2013

We saw Bohemian Rhapsody yesterday and loved the show. Am I alone in being horrified at the audience being allowed to bring drinks, including bottled beers, into the auditorium? I thought I was going to the theatre - not an open-air pop festival.

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Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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