As the largest working theatre in the UK it’s no surprise that the Edinburgh Playhouse attracts some of the best shows in the UK. From iconic titles such as “Wicked” to sing-alongs like “Summer Holidays”, there has been no shortage of memorable musicals in 2018 and this Winter is no different. The reviews are in: here’s our top 6 shows coming to the Edinburgh Playhouse this Winter.
20th November 2018 – 8th December 2018
The story of Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, is a pretty incredible one. After borrowing just $800 to set up the company he launched the careers of many legendary artists including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, and many more.
Follow the story of the man who broke barriers and fought against the odds to create something more than a record label. Rated as “A solid gold 100% massive hit show” and “The greatest soul pop music ever recorded” can you really afford to miss this one?
© Tristram Kenton
10th December 2018 – 5th January 2019
Kinky Boots is all about finding your passion, overcoming prejudice and transcending stereotypes. Inheriting his father’s shoe factory, Charlie Price struggles with the company’s future hanging in the balance. Forming an unlikely partnership with the cabaret drag performer Lola, the two discover that they aren’t so different after all as they try to save the organisation.
Critics have described the show as “dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting.” With a music score written by the incredible Cyndi Lauper, it’s time to strap on your boots and get out to see this award winning musical.
© Helen Maybanks
12th January 2019
Put the boom boom back into your heart this January! Fastlove is an unforgettable tribute night to the global superstar that is George Michael. The show features all of his greatest hits including Father Figure, Freedom, Faith and many more. This show will get you up (so you can get down) to all of your favourite songs from the group Wham and also George Michael’s solo career.
This show is perfect for anyone who wants to relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael. It’s only here for one night so book your tickets soon!
5th February 2019- 9th February 2019
Green Day’s explosive rock musical American Idiot returns to mark the show’s 10th anniversary. American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. Not only did this musical rapture Green Day fans, it introduced a a generation of theatregoers to their powerful and moving music. Whether you are a musical aficionado or a fan of Green Day, this show will offer something to everyone.
© American Idiot
19th February 2019 – 2nd March 2019
You know their name and you probably know their songs – even if you’re not aware that they wrote them. Not many musicals can claim to have won 57 awards, but Jersey Boys sure can! This critically acclaimed stage sensation returns to Edinburgh in early 2019.
Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide. You might not have heard of The Four Seasons, but you will certainly have heard their music. Enjoy their electrifying hits including Beggin’, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye), Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more. Discover the musical hit that everyone is talking about.
© Jersey Boys
19th March 2019 – 23rd March 2019
‘Amazing’, ’Superb’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Brilliant.’ This sparkling family musical comes to Edinburgh in March 2019. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs.
The musical uses a wide variety of music styles, including parodies of French ballads, Elvis-inspired rock and roll, western music, 1920s Charleston, Calypso, jazz,, and 1950s rock (“Go, Go, Go Joseph”). With such a range of music the whole family can find a song that they enjoy. This is a classic musical and is well worth visiting Edinburgh to see.
© Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Fancy seeing one of these musicals this Winter? Our Royal Garden Apartments are less than a 10 minute walk away from the Playhouse and with discounts for guests at nearby restaurants they make the perfect base for your night away to Edinburgh. Each of our apartments includes daily housekeeping, a fully fitted kitchen, and free high-speed WiFi. Stay with us today!
Photography courtesy of Edinburgh Playhouse.