What to see at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh is well known for its annual festivals. One, however, which rises head and shoulders above the others is the Edinburgh International Festival. Since 1947, the festival has grown into an all-encompassing takeover of theatre in the city during August.

The festival takes the best of theatre, opera, dance and music from around the world to create a world-class cultural event. And what better place to stay whilst you live and breath the festival than Parliament House Hotel? We’re in easy walking range of most venues, and only a quick bus or
taxi ride to the rest.

So what are the shows you absolutely have to see at the EIF (Edinburgh International Festival) in 2019?

Edinburgh Festival Musicians playing guitar

Dance, dance, dance!

Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” comes to Edinburgh as a brand-new narrative ballet. From Scottish Ballet, this world premier performance tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials. Playing between the 3rd and the 5th of August at the Edinburgh Playhouse, this is a show they’ll be talking about for years.

9 by Cas Public is a show which brings senses alive through a bold journey of sensation. They ask how, if we cannot hear, are we able to otherwise experience something like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This show runs from the 3rd to the 6th August at Church Hill Theatre.

Theatre Performances

There are very few people who can call themselves a British icon, but Stephen Fry is certainly one
of them. In 2019 he brings his magnificent performance of Mythos to Edinburgh. Adapted from his
best selling book, this romp through Greek mythology will bring these ancient tales to life. He will
also perform three different full length shows under the Mythos heading: Gods, Heroes and Men.
The three shows play between the 19th and 25th August at the Festival Theatre, so you’d best
book quickly if you want to catch them all!

Red Dust Road is adapted from Edinburgh-born Jackie Kay’s popular memoir. Poet, playwright,
novelist and Scottish Makar, she tells her story from Scotland to Nigeria. Red Dust Road chronicles
Jackie’s 20-year search for her biological parents. Showing from the 14th to the 18th August at the

Virgin Money Fireworks Concert

One of the absolute highlights of the Edinburgh Festival is the fireworks concert, held at the end of
the festival on the 26th August. This event combines fireworks with the music of the Scottish
Chamber Orchestra under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

You can sit up close to the orchestra, enjoy a picnic on Princes Street Gardens or even just enjoy from afar, for example on Arthurs Seat or Calton Hill. If you’re in the city, you won’t want (or be able to!) to miss this event.

Book your room for the Edinburgh International Festival

In summary, there are too many amazing shows at the Edinburgh International Festival this year for us to fit in one blog. Take a look at the EIF website for their whole range of shows, and remember to book your room with us in advance to give you the best seats in the house.