2015 Edinburgh International Festival to Include Work by Robert Lepage, Simon McBurney and Enda Walsh

News   2015 Edinburgh International Festival to Include Work by Robert Lepage, Simon McBurney and Enda Walsh
Fergus Linehan, incoming director of the Edinburgh International Festival who has previously helmed the Sydney Festival and the Dublin Theatre Festival, has announced his inaugural program for the 2015 event, which will run Aug. 7-31.

As well as the previously announced (http://www.playbill.com/news/article/juliette-binoche-to-star-in-antigone-at-londons-barbican-and-edinburgh-inte-218098) production of Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche in the title role, the theatre program will also include Robert Lepage performing the European premiere of his new work 887 and Simon McBurney in the world premiere of The Encounter. Playwright Enda Walsh is also collaborating with composer Donnacha Dannehy on a chamber opera called The Last Hotel.

Antigone, co-produced with London's Barbican Centre (where it is currently playing through March 28), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (where it first premiered in February), in association with Toneelgroep Amsterdam, will begin performances Aug. 7 at the King's Theatre for a run through Aug. 22.

887, produced by Lepage's company Ex Machina, will begin performances Aug. 13 at Edinburgh International Conference Centre for a run through Aug. 22. The play is described as "a foray into the world of memory, exploring how personal recollections are reflected in collective consciousness" as it draws on his own experience as a French-speaking child during the October Crisis of 1970 that brought troops onto the streets where he lived.

The Encounter, co-produced with McBurney's company Complicite, the Barbican and other international partners, will begin performances Aug. 7 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, for a run through Aug. 23. It is inspired by Romanian writer Petru Popescu's book "Amazon Beaming," which tells the story of photographer Loren McIntyre who found himself lost among the remote people of the Javiri Valley, on the border of Brazil and Peru, in 1959.

The Last Hotel, co-produced by Landmark productions and Wide Open Opera, will begin performances Aug. 7 at the Royal Lyceum Theatre for a run through Aug. 12. It is described in festival literature as "a new chamber opera about life, death, duty and guilt." 

Other shows in the theatre program include productions from Glasgow's Citizens Theatre (presenting the world premiere of David Greig's Lanark, adapted from the novel by Alasdair Gray, running Aug. 22-30 at the Royal Lyceum Theatre), the National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus and Tianjin People's Arts Theatre (presenting Dragon, named the Best Show for Children and Young People at the 2014 UK Theatre Awards, running Aug. 14-16 at the Royal Lyceum Theatre), Berlin's Volksbühne (presenting Murmel Murmel, directed and designed by Herbert Fritsch, running Aug. 28-30 at the King's Theatre), and Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner (written by Pamela Carter and performed by George Anton, running Aug. 19-22 at the Queen's Hall).

Tickets for all events at the Festival go on sale March 28. For full details and to book, vist eif.co.uk

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