Torquato Tasso (Lyceum, 031-225 5756, 16-20 Aug). Robert David MacDonald translates and directs Goethe's tragedy of the Italian poet's life as a caged bird in the court of Ferrara. A searing study of the price of artistic patronage, sponsored by Maclay Murray & Spens, Solicitors.
Antony and Cleopatra (King's, 031-225 5756, 16-18 Aug). The two Germanies meet in this embrace between Rome and Egypt. Peter Zadek, veteran enfant terrible of the West German stage, directs the East German Berliner Ensemble, with Eva Mattes and Gert Voss (Antony in last year's Julius Caesar) as the mighty principals. German- language production, designed by Wilfried Minks.
The Winter's Tale (Lyceum, 031-225 5756, 23-25 Aug). French-language production (with English supertitles) by the Centre Dramatique National Orleans-Loiret-Centre, directed and designed by the award-winning Stephane Braunschweig.
The Well of the Saints (Kings, 031-225 5756, 24-28 Aug). The Dublin Abbey Theatre returns to Edinburgh after 20 years with J M Synge's first full-length play, in which two blind beggars live to regret having their sight restored. Production by Patrick Mason (director of the long-running Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel).
Oresteia (Murrayfield Ice Rink, 031- 225 5756, 25, 27 & 28 Aug). Seven-and-a-half-hour production of Aeschylus' trilogy, played in Russian (with English supertitles), and directed by Peter Stein, following last year's epic staging of Julius Caesar. A big hit with audiences at Moscow's Army Theatre.
Armstrong's Last Goodnight (Lyceum, 031-225 5756, 31 Aug-3 Sept). Revival of John Arden's most ambitious play: an allegory on post-colonial Africa, reflected through the story of John Armstrong of Gilnockie, a Borders freebooter during the reign of King James V. Written in two 16th-century Scottish dialects. William Gaskill, co-director of the 1965 Chichester premiere, directs the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company.Reuse content