THEATRE: FESTIVAL HOT TICKETS

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After a month of hectic entertainment, the Edinburgh International, Fringe and Film festivals are winding down. But there's still a chance to see some of the highlights. Below is a guide to the shows to book now to make sure you don't miss out on some of this year's most exciting performances.

FILM

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

Odeon 1 (0131 623 8030) tonight

The last screening of the film festival is a comedy set in London in 1993 during the Bosnian war. Charlotte Coleman, Siobhan Redmond and Edin Dzandzanovic star.

DANCE

CULLBERG BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY

Playhouse (0131 473 2000) Wed & Thurs

The final Edinburgh programme from Sweden's radical Cullberg Ballet. In Mats Ek's rewrite of the Tchaikovsky classic, Aurora puts herself to sleep with a junkie's needle.

CONCERTS

SCHUMANN: THE SYMPHONIES

Usher Hall (0131 473 2000) Thurs

Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for their final performance in the Schumann symphony cycle: Symphonies no 3 and 4.

THEATRE

WEREWOLVES

Traverse (0131 228 1404) to Thurs

A mysterious and compelling play from Theatre Archipelago (formerly Communicado), in which things are not as they seem.

LOADED

Pleasance (0131 556 6550) tonight & Mon

Northampton Arts Centre perform award-winning playwright David Bown's violent play about a jewellery heist.

INDIA SONG

King's Theatre (0131 473 2000) Tues-Sat

Marguerite Duras's disturbing play tells a love story set in colonial India in the 1930s.

THE JUJU GIRL

Traverse (0131 228 1404) to 4 Sept

The Traverse's hugely successful production of Aileen Ritchie's play about a woman who travels to Africa in her grandmother's footsteps.

ARABIAN NIGHTS

Assembly (0131 226 2428) tonight & Mon

The Young Vic Theatre company seduce King Shahrayar with tales of Ali Baba, the Little Beggar and more.

EAST

Pleasance (0131 556 6550) tonight & Mon

Steven Berkoff directs a 25-year anniversary production of his hard-hitting drama, a forerunner to Trainspotting and Mojo.

COMEDY

COOKIN'

Assembly (0131 226 2428) tonight & Mon

Four chefs combine martial arts and juggling in this high-energy show from Korea.

THE BEST OF SO YOU THINK YOU'RE FUNNY

Gilded Balloon (0131 226 2151) tonight & Mon

Previous winners of this competition return to the Edinburgh Festival. Some now at the top of their trade began their comedy careers here.

ROSS NOBLE

Gilded Balloon (0131 226 2151) tonight & Mon

The man who improvises with awe-inspiring fluency has the mind of Vic Reeves, the speed of Phil Kay and the hair of Michael Bolton.

ADAM BLOOM

Pleasance (0131 556 6550) tonight & Mon

The multi-award-winning comedian reels off his genial anecdotes.

COMPILED BY NICHOLAS BARBER, JENNY GILBERT AND CHLOE WALKER

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