Must see shows at Edinburgh International Festival 2017
- Brian Donaldson
- 21 July 2017
Including: music from PJ Harvey, Maria Pagés' Yo, Carmen and renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida
As the EIF blows out those 70 candles, it lavishes us with fresh takes on Scandi fairytales, Spanish heroines, Greek tragedies and one-Irishman plays
Polly Jean Harvey MBE brings a nine-piece band along with her for this EIF debut. Inspired by her travels to Kosovo, Washington and Afghanistan, The Hope Six Demolition Project earned the Dorset-born act a Grammy nomination.
PJ Harvey, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 7 & 8 Aug, 8pm, £30–£48.
Soundtracked by Steve Reich's minimalist epic 'Music for 18 Musicians', Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's 2001 work creates a dream space of capers, curtains and kinetic energy.
Rain, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 25–27 Aug, 8pm, £11–£35.
This Restless House
Amid a busy International Fest for Zinnie Harris, her unflinching adaptation on Aeschylus' Oresteia under the direction of Dominic Hill will prove to be a highlight across the entire festival month.
This Restless House, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, 23–27 Aug, 6pm, £10–£32. Preview 22 Aug, £10–£26.
Mozart, Schumann and Widmann are on the menu for this recital by the pianist who, earlier this year, won her second Grammy Award.
Mitsuko Uchida, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 21 Aug, 8pm, £12–£39.
Krapp's Last Tape
The go-to actor for anything Beckett-shaped is Barry McGovern, and here he brings to vivid life this classic play of loneliness, memory, desire and the daily consumption of bananas.
Krapp's Last Tape, Church Hill Theatre, Morningside Road, 6–27 Aug (not 10–13, 16, 22), 8pm; 19 & 20, 24, 26 & 27 Aug, 3pm, £25. Previews 4 & 5 Aug, 8pm, £20.