Festival ticket sales smash through the £1m barrier

The Edinburgh International Festival has already smashed the £1 million barrier in ticket sales.

Tickets went on sale to the general public at the weekend and almost a third of last year’s total has already been shifted, it was reported today.

More than £280,000 was taken and added to previous ticket sales to friends and patrons of the Festival.

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This year’s biggest sellers so far have been the Mariinsky Ballet’s version of Cinderella with world-famous conductor Valery Gergiev, Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s opera David Et Jonathas and the retelling of My Fair Lady, Meine faire Dame – ein Sprachlabor, at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston.

The first sold-out event is expected to be renowned guitarist John Williams with John Etheridge at the Queen’s Hall on August 22. Another expected sell-out is Antonio Meneses and Maria Joao Pires at the Queen’s Hall on August 14.

Last year, the Festival made around £2.6m from tickets, meaning the EIF has already sold more than a third of its total from 2011.

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