08 August, 2008

Drum Roll Please!

As we count down the hours (HOURS?!) till the curtain rises on Festival 08's Opening Concert, the staff at EIF start to panic slightly. NOT because we are disorganised - this is our 62nd Festival afterall! - but because we've been so busy getting the shows ready, that unlike 13 000 of you (well done folks) we haven't organised all our tickets to Opening Weekend shows.

What to see? What to see? Do we go to Scottish Opera's World Premiere of the witty opera The Two Widows at Edinburgh's Festival Playhouse? Do we check out Polish theatre company TR Warszawa's mysterious story of Dybbuk at the King's Theatre? Do we hunt down a ticket to see the Australian director Barrie Kosky's adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short story Tell-Tale Heart at the Lycuem Theatre? Do we catch the State Ballet of Georgia's production of Giselle with fabulous prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili in the title role at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre? What about the music programme at the Usher Hall? The Queen's Hall? Or at Greyfriar's Kirk?

It's all a bit much, so we're asking around the office for insider tips. Click here to listen to the EIF staff picks of the programme. And have also asked our fearless leader - EIF director Jonathan Mills - to record us his tips to navigating the packed Opening Weekend programme. To listen to his tips to Opening Weekend, click here

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