This is the time of year when we typically defy Britain’s unpredictable weather and decide that since its summer, we will sit in the outdoors to watch theatre, come rain or come shine (and it’s often the former).
The Edinburgh International Festival, running from 7-29 August, has announced its 2021 programme which features over 170 classical and contemporary music, theatre, opera, dance and spoken word performances, including 15 new commissions and premieres.
Marking the return of live performance to Scotland’s capital from 7 to 29 August, Edinburgh International Festival will be reimagined for 2021, using bespoke outdoor venues to safely reunite artists and audiences.
With one of the My Light Shines On series of films, Ghost Light provides a poignant reminder of what we are all missing in this fallow year of live performance in Edinburgh during August.
Midsummer is indeed a sweet, imaginative rom-com celebrating the madness and delirium of midsummer and the value of taking risks in life and love.
Alan Ayckbourn’s epic, very, very long satire on religion and sexual segregation prefers comedy to tragedy.
Slow but compelling: Bringing Beckett to the Edinburgh International Festival, Irish Production Company Clare Street gives a fittingly understated treatment to Krapp’s Last Tape.
Wild: The EIF’s Rhinoceros is a thoroughly contemporary take on a modern classic, combining knockabout comedy with a deep consideration of human society.
In the second of his exclusive features for Æ, Bruce Cannon turns to the birth (and growth) of the fringe – and how it effected his own career.
The Divide, a new play by Alan Ayckbourn, will open at The Old Vic this autumn following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival.
The trust that runs Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre has announced best-selling Trainspotting author – and locally born – Irvine Welsh as its Patron. Welsh has issued a message of support for the theatre.
The new production of Mozart and Lorenzo da Ponte’s classic opera Così Fan Tutte has attracted no shortage of controversy. After its premiere in Aix-en-Provence in France in July, the organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival wrote to all ticket holders offering a refund “due to the adult nature of some of the scenes” and its unsuitability for younger audiences.
The latest production from Compagnie du Hanneton is a theatrical wonder that builds on their reputation for exquisite spectacle. James Thiérrée has genius of both skill and imagination, and The Toad Knew is a beautiful and precisely constructed surreality.
A rare beauty: Lyrical, intelligent and completely compelling, Wind Resistance at the Lyceum Rehearsal Studio is a fascinating, thoughtful and entirely stunning piece.
Sultry: There is a taut emotional quality to John Tiffany’s production of Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie at the King’s Theatre as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Wait ends for Godot at CATS: The Lyceum’s production of Waiting for Godot has won the Best Production award at this year’s Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.