Scotland’s Largest Theatre Returns from the Covid Darkness:
The Playhouse with an impressive 3059 capacity was in the mists of a 25-week record-breaking run of Disney’s The Lion King, when it closed its doors on Monday 16th March 2020 following Government guidance aimed to limit the spread of Covid-19, before a mandatory closure notice was given by the Scottish and UK Governments on Monday 23rd March 2020 as part of a nationwide lockdown. Now the team at the Edinburgh Playhouse, announces its eagerly awaited reopening date after more than 500 days of closure due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement of Tuesday 3rd August, removing all legal restrictions for venues and the capacity dispensation granted by the Edinburgh City Council issued on Thursday 19th August, the Edinburgh Playhouse will open its doors on Sunday 5th September 2021 with two sold out performances. Upon reopening the Playhouse will have been closed 536 days.
Colin Marr, Theatre Director at the Edinburgh Playhouse said “I am absolutely thrilled to be able to reopen our theatre doors after more than 500 days of closure. It has been a very difficult time for everyone and to be given the go ahead to reopen this iconic venue, is an incredible feeling. I can’t wait to welcome back my full team, our wonderful audience members and the incredible gigs, comedians and musicals that we’ve all missed so much this last year and a half.”
The Playhouse will reopen with two sold out performances of the smash hit podcast Shagged, Married, Annoyed with Chris & Rosie Ramsey. This will be followed by the award-winning Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5, which opens with our Gala performance on Tuesday 14th September. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Chicago the Musical, Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited and Gary Mullen & The Works performing One Night of Queen, Riverdance – 25th Anniversary Tour and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are just some of the highlights to look forward to in the coming weeks.
The Edinburgh Playhouse is in its 92nd year since it opened as a super cinema in 1929 and has had a few rough periods over its history including the threat of complete demolition, but it was saved from the wrecking ball and has flourished as Scotland’s premier theatre welcoming many productions direct from the west end. COVID-19 has held a long shadow over the venue and its one of the last to announce its reopening plans. Thankfully from darkness comes the light and long may the lights remain on at the Playhouse.