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Edinburgh Playhouse

The Edinburgh Playhouse opened its doors for the first time at 2pm on Monday 12 August 1929. Although originally designed as a variety theatre, by the time the building was completed it had been decided to open it as a cinema. The first film to be screened was ‘The Doctor’s Secret’ an adaptation of JM Barrie’s short play ‘Half an Hour’.

The building was owned and run by the Maguire family and was designed by Glasgow architect John Fairweather. On a fact finding trip to... Read more >>

Edinburgh Playhouse

The Playhouse on the Fringe

The Boards at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 2nd-26th August

A unique take on rock ‘n’ roll, a musical insight into family dynamics, an improvised one-man musical, a self-retrospective with Michelle Shocked and a show exploring the works of Annie Lennox, are to play in The Boards at the Edinburgh Playhouse this August.  

This year’s line-up showcases the works of five international performers across 56 shows. Helping celebrate seven decades of Edinburgh as a festival city, the programme includes comedy, music and cabaret.

Carla Lippis – Cast a Dark Shadow
02-26 August 2017

Incorporating original music and cult classics, Lippis reinterprets rock 'n' roll into an intimate cabaret format. Traditional instrumentation fused with modern electronics evokes the spirit of Connie Francis drifting through the dreams of David Lynch.

Music, Modern

Suitable for those aged 12 and above.

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Danny Condon: Songs from the Black Sheep
02-26 August 2017

From a hit season at Adelaide Fringe, Danny Condon finds a grey area between art and science and lifts the lid on some hilarious family dynamics. Featuring original music, a bit of Chopin and a show tune or two, this new comedy embraces the oddball in every family.

Cabaret, Comedy

Suitable for all ages.

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Off the Top!
09-19 August 2017

A man. A band. Totally unplanned. TV and Broadway veteran Jason Kravits (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drowsy Chaperone) pulls off his most fearless act yet... a completely improvised, completely fictional, completely ridiculous one-man musical cabaret. Everything – patter songs, showstoppers, eleven-o'clock numbers, showbiz

anecdotes and overshares – made up on the spot, based on audience suggestions.

Music, Comedy

Suitable for those aged 14 and above.

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Michael Griffiths: Sweet Dreams
09-11 August 2017

Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths is Annie Lennox. From the gender-bending early days as one half of 80s new wave sensation Eurythmics through to her stunning solo career, Annie’s bittersweet lyrics share stories of her triumphs and her heartbreak. Featuring unforgettable songs including Why, Thorn In My Side, Walking On Broken Glass and There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart).

Music, LGBT

Suitable for those aged 12 and above.

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Michelle Shocked: Truth vs Reality
02-16 August 2017

Texas' badass Godmother of Americana touches the third rail yet again... Arrested for peaceful protest. Ridiculed for dissecting the censored history of blackface. Blacklisted for antagonising virtual-media zombies. This August, triple Grammy nominated artist Michelle Shocked celebrates the 30th anniversary since the launch of her Mercury Trilogy.

Music, Performance, Art

Suitable for those aged 12 and above. 

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