THEATRE: EDINBURGH FESTIVAL HOT TICKETS
ABC 1 (0131 623 8030) Tues
This political satire, directed by Alexander Payne, is set in an American high school where a manipulative student (Reese Witherspoon) has her student presidency campaign sabotaged by a teacher (Matthew Broderick).
FH1 (0131 623 8030) Wed & Thurs
John Sayles directs a moving love story set in Port Henry, Alaska. A local fisherman is forced to start tinning salmon in order to survive, but finds comfort in a relationship with a local woman.
WILDSIDE: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
FH1 (0131 623 8030) Tues
When director Donald Cammell lost his battle to retain artistic control over his last film, Wildside, he removed his name and subsequently committed suicide. This is the version he wanted.
CULLBERG BALLET: GISELLE
Playhouse (0131 473 2000) 23-25 Aug
Swedish choreographer Mats Ek is the focus of this year's dance programme. His radical version of Giselle plays up the clash between the individual and the mob.
CULLBERG BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY
Playhouse (0131 473 2000) 1 & 2 Sept
Mats Ek's version of this Tchaikovsky classic sees Aurora rebel against her parents, take drugs, and nosedive into disillusion.
King's Theatre (0131 473 2000) Mon-Sat
Dublin's Abbey Theatre returns to the festival with artistic director Patrick Mason's acclaimed production of Tom Murphy's dark play.
THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
Assembly Music Hall (0131 226 2428) to 30 Aug
It's the Millennium's turn to be abridged - 1000 years in 100 minutes, performed as a musical.
THE JUJU GIRL
Traverse (0131 228 1404) today to 4 Sept
In Aileen Ritchie's startling new play, a woman travels to Africa in her grandmother's footsteps, to shed light on the mystery of the Juju.
Usher Hall (0131 473 2000) 22 Aug
The premiere of James MacMillan's trilogy: The World's Ransoming, Cello Concerto and Symphony Vigil. Osmo Vanska conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and cellist Raphael Wallfisch.
THE OPENING CONCERT
Usher Hall (0131 473 2000) tonight
Bryn Terfel, Ian Bostridge, Joan Rodgers, David Daniels, and the fast- rising Scottish soprano Lisa Milne perform Handel's Saul. Also at the International Festival is an unpredictable but culturally conspicuous Japanese production of Turandot (starting Mon). Claudio Abbado conducts the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in Mahler's 7th Symphony (Tues). And the wonderfuly intense American mezzo Lorraine Hunt stars in a concert showing of Britten's Rape of Lucretia (Thurs).
BOOM CHICAGO: PICK-UPS AND HICCUPS
Gilded Balloon (0131 226 2151) to 30 Aug
Jill Benjamin and Seth Meyers provide a hilarious improvised display of how men and women behave around each other.
Assembly (0131 226 2428) to 30 Aug
Four chefs combine martial arts and juggling in this high-energy show from Korea.
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