Edinburgh International Festival line-up unveiled

Jarvis Cocker, Teenage Fanclub, Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry are among the stars appearing at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.

Names from classical and contemporary music, theatre, opera and dance are among 2,600 artists taking part in the 72nd festival, which will be held between 2 and 26 August.

Pulp singer Cocker will perform at the Capital’s Leith Theatre, which also hosts gigs by Neneh Cherry, Anna Calvi, Kate Tempest, Sharon Van Etten and Teenage Fanclub.

Celebrated actor Sir Ian McKellen, meanwhile, will perform extracts from his best-loved roles and recall moments from his life and career over four dates at the Assembly Hall.

The EIF will also welcome Stephen Fry performing Mythos: A Trilogy, based on his best-selling book, as well as two Berlin opera houses in Komische Oper Berlin and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

The 72nd festival kicks off with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing film soundtracks in a free concert for 15,000 people at Tynecastle Park, home of Heart of Midlothian FC.

Fergus Linehan, EIF director, said: “At the end of the first Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, conductor Bruno Walter wrote that the festival has succeeded because ‘it was of the utmost importance and most to be desired that all the ties, which had been torn, should be re-united’.

“With artists and audiences from all over the world gathering to celebrate each other’s music, theatre, dance and art, we hope that the 2019 International Festival will offer a refreshing dose of generosity, inclusiveness and optimism.”

Check out the full programme for the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival here.

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