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Peter Gynt | Photo: Ryan Buchanan

Opening weekend reviews round-up


The first weekend of the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival has been awash with four and five star reviews. Read on to find out what the critics have been enjoying so far.

The Secret River © Ryan Buchanan The Secret River | Photo: Ryan Buchanan
The Secret River

Until 11 August | More information and tickets

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'A compelling historical epic'
Read more on the The Telegraph

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'combines masterly storytelling with metaphorical resonance'
Read more on The Guardian

⭐⭐⭐⭐ '‘an overwhelming lament for a nation’s shame’ 
Read more in The Herald

a sweeping saga with deep currents

The Times on The Secret River

The Crucible

Until 5 August | More information and tickets

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A triumph for the company’ 
Read more on The Herald

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Scottish Ballet has many achievements to celebrate in its new production’ 
Read more on The Scotsman

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘this Crucible has atmosphere, drama and paciness in spades’ 
Read more on The Daily Telegraph

Bewitchingly good

The Times on The Crucible

Peter Gynt

Until 10 August | More information and tickets

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'a fascinating, complex, vulnerable and very funny central performance from James McArdle'  
Read more on The Scotsman

Night Walk for Edinburgh

Until 25 August | More information and tickets

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Cardiff and Miller remind us of the magic technology can create, and the darkness just under the surface of the city we inhabit.’ 
Read more on The Scotsman

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La Reprise

Until 5 August | More information and tickets

⭐⭐⭐⭐ '‘A raw yet calculated spectacle from the world’s most controversial director’  
Read more on The Daily Telegraph

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘a gripping evening’ 
Read more on The Guardian

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

Until 5 August | More information and tickets

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘An electrifying reclaiming of cultural roots delivered with power and grace’ 
Read more on The Herald


Until 6 August | More information and tickets

⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Physically intense piece that succeeds in giving a choreographic understanding of being profoundly deaf’
Read more on The Stage

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Los Angeles Philharmonic 1

Read more on The Times

Los Angeles Philharmonic 2

Read more on Bachtrack

Yuja Wang & Gustavo Dudamel | Photo: Ryan Buchanan
Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'Film scores serve up a winning start’ 
Read more on The Herald

'The Edinburgh International Festival curtain-raiser was a resounding success, with Tynecastle rocking to music not normally associated with a packed football stadium'
Read more on Edinburgh Evening News

A cracker of a festival opener

The Times on the Opening Event