Best of the Rest - Edinburgh International Festival
- Edinburgh Festival Guide
- 13 July 2009
This article is from 2009.
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.
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.
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.
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).