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Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Playhouse Theatre

An immense theatre with a modest classical facade on Greenside Place (Leith Walk) in Edinburgh and its auditorium constructed over the steeply sloping ground behind. Built 1927-9 by John Fairweather of Glasgow, it was designed as a dual-purpose cinema and theatre following a study-tour of America. With a capacity of 3059, it is now the largest theatre in Britain. It is now A-listed.

Refurbished by in the late 1970s by Lothian Region Architect's Department, it was extensively damaged by fire in 1993 and subject to a further restoration. The theatre was subsequently returned to the private sector and is now owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group. It remains a popular venue for concerts, ballet, and particularly touring West End musicals, in addition to its role as a festival venue.


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