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Double bill of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt at the Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival launched its programme with two Norwegian highlights:Peer Gynt performed by the Berliner Ensemble directed by Peter Zadek, and the grand finale of the Fireworks Concert set to Edvard Grieg’s music to the play.

31/08/2004 :: The rouge Peer Gynt will take to the Edinburgh stage with his tall tales of fantastical journeys, meeting all sorts of creatures. It it only when he returns home to Norway as a disillusioned old man that he finds happiness.

This large scale production by the Berliner Ensemble is directed by Peter Zadek, acclaimed for his productions of Shakespear and Ibsen. The play is performed in German with English subtitles. Peer Gynt is played by Owe Bohm, Angela Winkler is Aasa.

The Fireworks Concert will this year be Grieg’s incidental music to Peer Gynt. This grand finale of the festival season fills the Edinburgh City Centre with spectators. Scottish Chamber Orchestra performs conducted by Alexander Briger.

Peer Gynt performed by the Berliner Ensemble
Royal Lyceum Theatre
Sunday 22th – Tuesday 24th August 7.00 p.m.
Running time approx 3 hours 30 mins.
Tickets £7 - £23

There will also be a free lunhctime talk by Derek Watson on Ibsen's Peer Gynt at the Lyceum Theatre Monday 23rd August, 1.20 p.m. No ticket required.

Royal Bank of Scotland Firework Concert
Princes Street Gardens
Sunday 5th September 9.00 p.m.
Running time approx 45 mins.
Tickets £22 (bandstand) £7.50 (standing)
Standing tickets allocated by postal ballott

Edinburgh International Festival box office tel: 0131 473 2000

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Owe Bohm as Peer Gynt.Photo: Gisela Scheidler