Best of the Rest - Edinburgh International Festival

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 13 July 2009

This article is from 2009

The Return of Ulysses

The Return of Ulysses

Highlights of the Edinburgh International Festival

The Return of Ulysses

Choreographer Christian Spuck isn’t simply interested in making ballet; he wants to make art that expresses the absurdities that shape the lives of humans. To that end, The Royal Ballet of Flanders bring us the story of Ulysses’ homecoming.
Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 21–23 Aug, 8pm; 24 Aug, 2.30pm, £10–£42.

Bryn Terfel

The son of a farmer delivers some rousing traditional songs from across the UK and Ireland including ‘Loch Lomond’ and ‘Molly Malone’. We’re not sure whether his CD pal Ronan Keating will be joining him on stage for a rendition of ‘Danny Boy’.
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 23 Aug, 8pm, £8–£30.

The Last Witch

Bold Girls and (old school) Doctor Who writer Rona Munro has been inspired here by the true story of Janet Horne, the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Scotland. Dominic Hill directs her play about spiralling fear in small spaces.
Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, 23–29 Aug (not 25), 7.30pm; 27, 29 Aug, 2.30pm, £10–£25.

Bernarda Fink

In fitting with the dominant classical presence at this year’s Festival, the Argentine-born mezzo soprano once stated that she ‘could survive without Handel, but only just’. However, it’s Dvorák and Schubert she turns to for this performance, accompanied by pianist Anthony Spiri.
Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, 2 Sep, 11am, £7–£26.50.

Peter and Wendy

Mabou Mines entertained the EIF masses with their take on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House two years ago and they return with an adaptation of JM Barrie’s flight of fancy. The New York company revisit their late 90s production with puppets pulling on the heart-strings.
Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, 2–5 Sep, 7.30pm; 5 Sep, 2.30pm, £10–£25.

Actus Tragicus

Like some magnificent, latter-day Rear Window, this grand opera from the Staatsoper Stuttgart choir zooms in on the minutiae of everyday existence across a four-storey building. Could death be the only way out of this repetitive life?
Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 4&5 Sep, 7.15pm, £14–£64.

Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert

The annual riot of sound and colour heralds the end of another Edinburgh Festival season and this time around it will be the work of Handel which draws it all to a close. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus give their all on ‘Zadok the Priest’ and the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’.
Princes Street Gardens, 6 Sep, 9pm, £25 (Ross Theatre), £10 (Gardens).

Actus Tragicus

A striking musical and theatrical experience that brings to life the minutiae and repetition of human behaviour as fifty members of the award winning Staatsoper Stuttgart Choir perform separate, interweaving pieces of sacred music by Bach within the cross section of a four storey building. A staged production sung in…

Bank of Scotland Fireworks Concert

In the traditional finale to the Festival, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Matthew Halls for a rousing night of some of Handel’s most famous works with a choreographed fireworks display against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh's historic castle. Sponsored by Bank…

Bernarda Fink & Anthony Spiri

Mezzo soprano Bernarda Fink and pianist Anthony Spiri perform Dvorák’s Biblical Songs and Gypsy Songs alongside a selection of songs by Schubert.

Bryn Terfel & Malcolm Martineau

Baritone Bryn Terfel and accompanist Malcolm Martineau perform a heart-warming selection of favourite songs including Sea Fever by John Ireland, Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams and rousing traditional songs from the British Isles including Loch Lomond, Danny Boy and Molly Malone.

The Last Witch

The world premiere of leading Scottish playwright Rona Munro's work based on the historical account of the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Scotland. A co-production between the Edinburgh International Festival and the Traverse Theatre. Supported by Edinburgh International Festival Science Consortium.