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Edinburgh International Festival 13th August - 2nd September

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The official festival was launched in in 1947 as a stage for peace and unity in Europe after the Second World War. Since then it has become dwarfed by the other festivals that have sprung up around it, in particular the Festival Fringe. However,
as in previous years, the programme still includes some of the world's best opera, theatre, and ballet companies.

Theatre week one by Thelma Good

Welcome to all Edinburgh International Festival Theatre goers. It's an exciting programme this year with Barbaric Comedies and Don Juan kicking off a varied programme. Week One Barbaric Comedies will be running until the 28th except on the 21st and 22nd. Don Juan runs from the 14th to the 17th. Both are meaty plays.

Get yourself a ticket and see if you agree with my reviews which will be up on this site this week. I'm looking forward to seeing both. The Abbey Theatre Dublin are doing Barbaric Comedies in English, or perhaps more correctly Irish- English as the adapter is Frank McGuinness.

The original three plays by Ramon del Valle-Inclan have been made into one long play lasting 4 hours 30 minutes. So we will be truly immersed in the drama. Calixto Bieito is the director, we first saw his work here in Life is a Dream by Calderon, that was an exciting production. There is conversation with him this Tuesday and by Maria Delgrado on Friday and a studyday on the playwright on Sunday, see EIF programme Don Juan by Moliere is being produced by The Royal Dramatic Theatre Stockholm and directed by Martin Ek who we have seen here before directing dance. I'm sure the movement in this play will be very interesting.

Don Juan is a Moliere play which I have not seen yet so this will be a special treat for me. It will be in Swedish, with the surtitles, if you went to the Norwegian State theatre production of A Dolls House you will know the acting will make it all clear. Martin Ek is in conversation on Wednesday see EIF programme.

Week Two intro will be up later this week

EIF Reviews

Brian McMaster launches the EIF programme (includes programme highlights)

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