Edinburgh Festival 2003 preview pt.1

Edinburgh Festival 2003 preview pt.1

Party girl

IT SEEMS an odd thing to say about a world of such showy artificiality, but in New York’s beautiful demimonde it is undeniable that Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, Four Blondes and the forthcoming Trading Up, is real in a way that Jennifer Lopez, say, is not.

Engagement ring

WAGNER aficionados will think they’ve died and gone to Valhalla in Edinburgh this summer. It’s one thing to have two complete performances of the monumental Ring cycle on the menu. But it’s quite another to see Festival supremo, Sir Brian McMaster, really go to town by bullishly programming another Wagner spectacular - Lohengrin - bang smack in the middle of the opening cycle.

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All day menu

AS YOU rub your bleary eyes and look ahead to another 24 hours of belly-laughs, poignant moments of high drama and plenty of queuing, at Festival time the dawning of a new day brings one clear thought - coffee.

Critic's choice: Art

Boyle Family

Critic's choice: Opera

Handel: Amadigi

Pot luck

FROM the San Francisco Ballet and LA Philharmonic to the Bamburg Symphony Orchestra, the International Festival lives up to its name, bringing talent from around the world to Edinburgh for three heady weeks.

Monet, Monet, Monet

HE’S the surest hit in the art world. Even 77 years after his death, his name still draws the crowds. Art lovers queue round the block to see his shows, collectors pay millions for him. His work adorns greetings cards and kitchen utensils. Everybody wants a piece of him.

Peter's friends

FOR Edinburgh International Festival Director Brian McMaster, it all began in the spring of 1977, when Peter Stein’s legendary production of Maxim Gorky’s Summerfolk made a brief nine-day appearance at the National Theatre in London, as the first foreign language production ever seen there.


WHEN we talk of influential writers, we tend to mean their ability to spawn legions of diluted imitators.

Critic's choice: EIF music

Opening Concert

Orchestral manoeuvres

THE Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra makes a point of enjoying some of the glamour attached to having Hollywood on its doorstep.

Critic's choice: EIF dance

Cullberg Ballet

All the right moves

IN THE mid-1990s, recovering from a freak accident in which he broke his collarbone by falling off his child’s slide, John Irving wrote a short memoir, The Imaginary Girlfriend, which tells you everything about his enduring and passionate love of wrestling and almost nothing about why he became a writer.

Critic's choice: EIF theatre

The Last Night of Mankind

Lord of the dance

LIKE the proverbial bus, you wait two years for a Christopher Wheeldon ballet and then three come along at once. Wheeldon’s previous Festival offerings - shown under the banner of New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project - whetted our appetites and left us hungry for more. Now the man who brought Edinburgh Playhouse down with Mercurial Manoeuvres and Polyphonia plans to satiate us with a showcase solely of his own work.

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