Edinburgh International Festival picks of the week

Coriolanus. Pic: Comp
Coriolanus. Pic: Comp
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AS the Fringe is drawing to a close, so the International Festival is just getting into full swing.

At the Playhouse, Festival Theatre, Usher Hall and Royal Lyceum some of the world’s best known companies, orchestras and performers are entertaining city audiences. Here Evening News entertainment editor Liam Rudden highlight his five EIF picks of the week.

THE TRAGEDY OF CORIOLANUS

BEIJING PEOPLE’S ART THEATRE

TWO of China’s leading heavy metal bands, Miserable Faith and Suffocated, provide the music for this unusual retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy. An epic, worth seeing just for the sheer scale (there are 100+ extras), it finds Pu Cunxin, one of China’s most famous actors, playing General Caius Martius, who has just returned to Rome a hero.

Having conquered the city of Corioles he is named Coriolanus and persuaded to run for Consul. However, when he is rejected by the ‘common people,’ Coriolanus vows to destroy Rome and joins forces with his enemy Aufidius to mount an attack.

Playhouse, Greenside Place, tonight, 7.30pm, £10-£30, 0131-473 2000

MOVEMENTS: BRIAN ENO

AN afternoon in conversation with influential, ex-Roxy Music synth player Brian Eno, as he shares his thoughts on the future of music and music production.

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Friday, 2.30pm, £6, 0131-473 2000

DIDO AND AENEAS /BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE

OPER FRANKFURT

Desire, obsession and doomed love: Oper Frankfurt’s striking double bill brings together two one-act operas. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is a masterpiece of early English opera in which, after reluctantly falling in love with the warrior Aeneas, Dido is brutally rejected when he is deceived into leaving her.

In Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Judith obsessively opens a series of mysterious doors in her recently betrothed’s castle only to discover the fate of his former wives.

Festival theatre, Nicolson Street, Saturday & Sunday, 7.15pm, £16-£68, 0131-473 2000

LA DANCE PROJECT

Benjamin Millepied, choreographer and star of the Oscar-winning Black Swan brings a programme of modern works to the Capital. A must-see for city dance fans.

Playhouse, Greenside Place, Saturday–Monday, 7.30pm, £10-£30, 0131-473 2000

I’LL GO

GATE THEATRE, DUBLIN

Based on Beckett’s trilogy of novels – Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable – this one-man show Brings together three monologues that unify the central characters of each novel, revealing successively deepening layers of reflection and emotion.

Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, Sunday & Monday/next Wednesday/Saturday, 9pm, £8-£20, 0131-473 2000