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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

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

The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams / American Repertory Theater / John Tiffany

Straight from co-creating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End, director John Tiffany revives his Broadway triumph The Glass Menagerie. 

5-21 August 2016

The Destroyed Room

Vanishing Point

Three people take their seats on stage and a conversation begins. They sit among potted plants and standard lamps, discussing what they have witnessed, and debating the ethics of watching. Around them, cameras film their every word and every reaction, beaming them live onto a big screen. But as the debate intensifies, the atmosphere begins to change and the conversation builds towards a dramatic and surprising climax.

4-8 August 2016

Anything That Gives Off Light

The TEAM / National Theatre of Scotland

After years of living in London, a Scottish man catches the sleeper north carrying his granny’s ashes, trying not to think of this trip as a homecoming.

16-26 August 2016

Scottish Ballet

Crystal Pite / Angelin Preljocaj

Sensuality, brutality and spellbinding spectacle come together in a double bill of major contemporary dance works from Scotland’s national ballet company, radically contrasting in their dance styles, but equally powerful in their extreme emotional impact.

18-20 August 2016

Interiors

Vanishing Point

It is winter. In a northern country, a man holds his annual dinner to mark the approaching spring.

5-8 August 2016

Raw

Kabinet K

Raw is dynamic dance theatre, made by children, for children, and for adults too, best for children aged 12 and over.

27-28 August 2016

Chotto Desh

Akram Khan Company / A work for families

Fusing dance, storytelling, interactive animation and specially composed music, Chotto Desh is a bewitching dance-theatre tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh, created for children and their families to enjoy together.

13-14 August 2016

Tatyana

Deborah Colker Dance Company

Straight from the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Deborah Colker Dance Company transports Aleksandr Pushkin’s famous tale of young love, passion, obsession and rejection from 19th-century Russia to contemporary, sultry Brazil.

11 August 2012

Watt

Gate Theatre Dublin

The bizarre adventures of Watt and his struggle to make sense of the world around him are told with verbal elegance, immense pathos and fierce humour.

11 August 2012

Cinderella

Mariinsky Ballet

The legendary Mariinsky Ballet brings Charles Perrault’s classic fairytale to the International Festival.

30 August 2012

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams

Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Five Telegrams

Leith Theatre Copy 1

Light on the Shore with Edinburgh Gin Seaside