First tickets on sale for Festival 2015


Tickets go on sale for Antigone, starring Juliette Binoche at Edinburgh International Festival 2015. Three programme launches confirmed, offering even more reasons to become a Friend of the Festival.

Celebrated stage and screen actress Juliette Binoche plays Antigone in a contemporary version of Sophokles’s tragedy, newly translated by T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson and directed by one of the world’s most sought after theatre directors – Ivo van Hove.

Running from 9 – 22 August 2015 at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre, tickets will go on sale on Saturday 29 November. If you sign up to be a Festival Friend with priority booking you gain access to tickets 10 days earlier on 19 November.This move marks the first of three launches of the 2015 Festival programme over the coming months.

On Tuesday 3 February the Festival will reveal the musicians set to bring the incredible performances to the city in concerts and recitals next summer and offer audiences a chance to book for unmissable musical moments.

And on Wednesday 18 March the full programme will be revealed including its theatre, dance and opera performances for August 2015. All tickets will be on sale to Festival Friends from 19 March and general public from 28 March. Full information, films, podcasts and interviews offering insights and an opportunity to hear from the artists will roll out online from 18 March.
The Festival runs Friday 7 to Monday 31 August 2015, realigning it with the city’s other Festivals in August.

Speaking about Antigone Ivo van Hove said: ‘While searching for a play for our first collaboration, Juliette and I very quickly agreed that Antigone would be the right artistic challenge for both of us. The play itself has the explosiveness of a nuclear bomb. It deals with all possible relationships: man against woman, political against ethical leadership, the laws of society against the right of the individual, family and its unbreakable blood ties.

‘Antigone should resonate with everyone the world over. It feels natural to make this production in the context of an international collaboration between the Barbican, Luxembourg and my own Toneelgroep Amsterdam. It is very important that high level collaborations get produced at a time when people have a tendency to stick together behind their own borders. Art can change the world!’

This Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville, Luxembourg co-production with the Edinburgh International Festival receives its world premiere in Luxembourg in February 2015 followed by the UK premiere at the Barbican in March. It opens at the Edinburgh International Festival on Sunday 9 August.

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director added: ‘We’re thrilled to be supporting the creation of this new production of Antigone that brings together three great artists – director Ivo van Hove, writer Anne Carson and actor Juliette Binoche. Antigone is a work, which has lost none of its relevance or resonance and I am sure it will be a centrepiece of the 2015 festival season.

‘We are also very pleased to be able to put these performances on sale now, giving local festival goers and visitors, time to plan their diaries. In addition, we will be announcing our concert and recital seasons in a separate February launch, with the full programme of performances announced in mid-March. This is part of an effort to release information to the public as early as possible to assist them in planning their summer visits to Edinburgh and Scotland.’

The Dates:

Wednesday Nov 19 Priority Friends tickets on sale for Antigone
Saturday Nov 29 Public tickets on sale for Antigone

Tuesday Feb 3 Programme launch for Concerts and Recitals
Wednesday Feb 4 Priority Friends tickets on sale for Concerts and Recitals
Saturday Feb 14 Public tickets on sale for Concerts and Recitals

Wednesday March 18 Full programme announced for EIF 2015
Thursday March 19 Priority Friends tickets on sale for EIF 2015
Saturday March 29 Public tickets on sale for EIF 2015

Full details on The Edinburgh International Festival website.

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