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Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True

iOpenEye / Ifeoma Fafunwa

Ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars come together to tell stories of domestic violence, overturning the status quo, abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy.

19-25 August 2019

Roots

1927

The graphically glorious 1927 return to the International Festival with the European premiere of brand-new show Roots.

9-25 August 2019

Purposeless Movements

Birds of Paradise Theatre Company / Robert Softley Gale

Raucously funny and brutally honest, Purposeless Movements is an eye-opening dance theatre work.

19-24 August 2019

Breaking the Waves

Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera

The European premiere of a new opera from Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek adapted from Lars von Trier’s controversial film.

21-24 August 2019

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

Tim Crouch / National Theatre of Scotland

A new play presented through combined stage action and illustrated text.

7-25 August 2019

Red Dust Road

National Theatre of Scotland / HOME

Chronicling Jackie Kay’s 20-year search for her biological mother and father and her quest for them to recognise her own existence. 

14-18 August 2019

Eugene Onegin

Komische Oper Berlin / Barrie Kosky / Ainārs Rubiķis

Komische Oper Berlin return to the International Festival for Tchaikovsky’s best-loved opera, based on Alexander Pushkin’s classic verse novel.

15-17 August 2019

Peter Gynt

National Theatre of Great Britain / David Hare / Jonathan Kent

Scottish star James McArdle takes the challenging title role in a raucous reboot of Ibsen’s epic play.

1-10 August 2019

Call and Response: SUMMIT

Andy Smith / Fuel

A series of performances to explore the ideas in You Are Here and encourage audiences to join the conversation. 

8-10 August 2019

The Secret River

Sydney Theatre Company / Kate Grenville / Andrew Bovell / Neil Armfield

A dark, compelling award-winning drama adapted from Kate Grenville’s novel. 

2-11 August 2019

The Beggar's Opera

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord / William Christie / Robert Carsen / Ian Burton

John Gay’s 18th-century opera is brought into the modern day in this brand new production by two commanding figures of the international stage.

16-19 August 2018

The End of Eddy

Unicorn Theatre / Untitled Projects / Stewart Laing / Pamela Carter

This new stage adaptation of Édouard Louis’ acclaimed autobiographical novel En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule tells the unflinching story of a boy growing up in poverty.

21-26 August 2018

Waiting for Godot

Druid / Garry Hynes

Samuel Beckett’s iconic absurdist play is brought to life in what has been called its greatest production for 25 years.

3-12 August 2018

Midsummer

National Theatre of Scotland / David Greig / Gordon McIntyre / Kate Hewitt

A newly expanded version of David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s heart-warming and humorous love-letter to Edinburgh featuring original songs.

2-26 August 2018

The Prisoner

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord / Peter Brook / Marie-Hélène Estienne

Co-written and co-directed by legendary theatre-maker Peter Brook, this new work is a compelling exploration of justice. 

22-26 August 2018

Cold Blood

Michèle Anne De Mey / Jaco Van Dormael / Kiss & Cry Collective

Three virtuoso dancers use only their hands to create a tender and humorous story that is filmed live in front of an audience. 

4-6 August 2018

La Cenerentola

Opéra de Lyon / Stefano Montanari / Stefan Herheim

A visually stunning and boldly staged production of Rossini’s opera. The classic tale of Cinderella is radically transformed by renowned director Stefan Herheim. 

24-26 August 2018

The Barber of Seville

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Jérémie Rhorer / Laurent Pelly

A new production of Gioachino Rossini's comic opera that brings a refreshing immediacy to this irresistible masterpiece. 

5-8 August 2018

XENOS

Akram Khan Company

Marking the great dancer's final performances in a full-length production, Akram Khan’s XENOS confronts the tragedy of the First World War. 

16-18 August 2018

Così fan tutte

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

A brand new production of Mozart and da Ponte’s provocative opera, direct from this year’s Aix-en-Provence Festival.

25-28 August 2016

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