Edinburgh International Festival

The End of Eddy (EIF)

The End of Eddy (EIF)

★★★★☆ Enthusiastic

The End of Eddy’s unflinching examination of small-town prejudice is done with verve and humour at the Church Hill Theatre as part of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

August 21, 2022 | By | Reply More
Muster Station: Leith (EIF)

Muster Station: Leith (EIF)

★★★★☆ Chilling

Muster Station: Leith, by immersive theatre specialists Grid Iron for the EIF, uses the halls and corridors of Leith Academy to suggest what it might be like when the climate emergency reaches a crisis point, here, in Edinburgh.

August 20, 2022 | By | Reply More
Medea (EIF)

Medea (EIF)

★★★★☆ Towering

Medea, Liz Lochhead’s triumphant retelling of Euripides has returned to Edinburgh. The new production, at the Hub as part of the International Festival, boasts a Medea from Adura Onashile that will surely be every bit as legendary as Maureen Beattie was first time round.

August 17, 2022 | By | Reply More
Burn (EIF)

Burn (EIF)

★★★★☆ Fiery

Burn, Alan Cumming’s solo dance-theatre interpretation of Robert Burns in the International Festival at the King’s, has a definite spark of passion.

August 8, 2022 | By | Reply More
Benedetti to direct EIF

Benedetti to direct EIF

Violinist to take over from Linehan in October

The world-renowned Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti is the Festival Director designate of the Edinburgh International Festival and will take up the role in October this year.

March 1, 2022 | By | Reply More
EIF drops Russian conductor

EIF drops Russian conductor

Valery Gergiev dropped as Festival’s Honorary President

Leading Russian conductor Valery Gergiev has been removed as the Edinburgh International Festival’s Honorary president out of sympathy with the people of Kyiv.

February 28, 2022 | By | Reply More
Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age

Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age

★★★☆☆ Mixed bag

Given the honour of closing the Edinburgh International Festival that so nearly never happened, Alan Cumming responds with his trademark gusto and skill. Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age at the Old College Quad is, however, an odd combination of the delightful and the infuriating.

August 30, 2021 | By | Reply More
Medicine

Medicine

★★★★★ Shattering

Medicine, Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival’s production for the International Festival at the Traverse, is a troubling, funny, emotionally devastating and brilliantly realised piece of theatre.

August 13, 2021 | By | Reply More
Linehan to leave EIF

Linehan to leave EIF

EIF announces hunt to successor

Fergus Linehan is to leave “the best job in the world” at the Edinburgh International Festival in September 2022 after completing eight years as its Festival Director.

July 20, 2021 | By | Reply More
Physical distancing lifted – official responses

Physical distancing lifted – official responses

Theatres and events respond to physical distancing news

The announcement in Holyrood on Tuesday that, if all goes according to plan, physical distancing will be completely lifted on Monday 9 August 2021 has been welcomed by Edinburgh’s theatres and events organisers.

June 24, 2021 | By | Reply More