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Here you can discover previous International Festival events

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. 

HOME

Geoff Sobelle

A breathtaking and tender spectacle of illusion, choreography and storytelling that explores the everyday drama of what makes a house a home.

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. 

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.

La Maladie de la mort

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord / Katie Mitchell / Alice Birch

Featuring an acclaimed cast of screen and stage actors, Marguerite Duras’s psychological thriller is given a radical stage reworking by iconoclastic British director Katie Mitchell.

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.

Hocus Pocus

Philippe Saire Company

A captivating visual spectacle for families, bringing together dance, theatre and visual art to tell a fantastical tale of bravery.

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.

Ane Satyre of The Thrie Estaitis

A workshop presentation of a contemporary reworking of Sir David Lindsay's play.

CANCELLED: Notes from the Field

Anna Deavere Smith

Notes from the Field has unfortunately been cancelled. 

Meow Meow's Little Mermaid

Meow Meow / Malthouse Theatre

Forget the Little Mermaid you thought you knew. Meow Meow’s subversive cabaret is a fairytale gone rogue.

Real Magic

Forced Entertainment / Tim Etchells

Forced Entertainment, the legendary Sheffield-based group, takes you on a hallucinatory journey, in a compelling performance about struggle, optimism and the desire for change.

Rhinoceros

Eugene Ionesco / Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh / DOT Theatre / Murat Daltaban / Zinnie Harris

Eugène Ionesco’s classic 1959 play considers the countless ways in which humans are content to adapt themselves to new and horrifying circumstances, and give in to poisonous ideologies.

Martin Creed's Words and Music

An evening with Turner Prize-winner

Artist, musician and Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed invited you to a delightfully nonconformist evening of words, music and more, as he took up residence for the 2017 International Festival.

Meet Me at Dawn

Zinnie Harris / Traverse Theatre Company / Orla O'Loughlin

Unflinchingly honest and tenderly lyrical, it is a modern fable exploring the triumph of everyday love, the mystery of grief, and the temptation to become lost in a fantasy future that will never be.

Letters Live

Letters Live

The joy and the pain, the wisdom and the humour preserved by the humble letter – expertly brought to life by some of the most acclaimed performers from around the world.

The Divide Part 1

Alan Ayckbourn / The Old Vic / Annabel Bolton

This extraordinary new work by Alan Ayckbourn is a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly examines a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection.

Voicelessness

Azade Shahmiri

A delicate story of determination and hope, told through mingled voices, viewpoints and times, powerfully poignant in its simplicity. It is created by exciting new Iranian director, writer and performer Azade Shahmiri.

The Divide Part 2

Alan Ayckbourn / The Old Vic / Annabel Bolton

This extraordinary new work by Alan Ayckbourn is a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly examines a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection.

Bad Roads

Natal’ya Vorozhbit / Sasha Dugdale / Vicky Featherstone

A harrowing and bitterly funny new play about Ukraine at war – seen through the eyes of the women fighting, reporting and enduring the conflict.

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