Arts Edinburgh Festival: The best of what to see and hear
Friday 07 August 1998
In a radical production of Camus's play, the horse-worrier directs himself during an existential crisis via an onstage cameraman and video screens.
Playhouse (2-3 Sept) (0131 473 2000)
Acclaimed Festival veteran Luc Bondy directs Racine's tragedy .
King's (2-5 Sept) (0131 473 2000)
Mr Puntila And His Man Matti
The Right Size took last year's Festival by storm, and were scandalously
ignored by the Perrier panel. This year they're back in a co-production with the Almeida of Brecht's most highly-regarded comedy.
Traverse (7-31 Aug) (0131 228 1404)
The opening movie of the film festival (on the 16th), Todd Haynes's glam- rock epic, starring Ewan McGregor and Eddie Izzard, is a euphoric roller- coaster ride.
Made in Britain/The Firm
In stark contrast to the glitz of Velvet Goldmine, the late Alan Clarke's retrospective is a powerful reminder of his challenging work.
The Book of Life
Can Hal Hartley return to the sublime film-making that made his name (The Unbelievable Truth, Trust) after the excruciating pretension of 1996's Flirt?
Information hotline: 0131-229 2550
Jason Byrne: Camping on the Moon
Anarchic improv and adrenalin-fuelled sketches from Ireland's hottest new comedian.
Pleasance Cavern (5-31 Aug)
Paul Merton: And This Is Me
The poker-faced under-manager of comedy returns to stand-up for the first time in a decade.
Pleasance (23-31 Aug)
Mandy Knight: I Might Be Single - But The Voices Keep Me Company
An hour of virtuoso tragi-comedy and audience participation.
Pleasance Upstairs (7-31 Aug)
All bookings: 0131-556 6550
In his first UK appearance for 10 years, the avant-garde boundary-distorting maverick brings together some of New York's best performers.
Aug 28, Queen's Hall
A long-awaited return for the songwriting talent behind Aztec Camera.
Aug 20, Jaffa Cake
Both part of the Flux Festival (Tickets 0131-667 7776)
After the success of last year's "Chick With A Flick", Clune returns with her outrageously arch showbiz cabaret. Dusty, Sandy and Cilla rolled into one...
Assembly Rms (0131-226 2428) Dalibor
Richard Armstrong conducts the premiere of a new production of Smetana's homage to the Czech nation, directed by David Pountney.
3, 5 Sept, Edinburgh Festival (0131-473 2000)
A The film has amassed an estimated $28.7 million in its opening weekend
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