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Edinburgh International Film Festival: England Is Mine
Sun 2 July | Festival Theatre

Edinburgh International Film Festival: England Is Mine

An amusing and evocative portrait of singer-songwriter Steven Patrick Morrissey, focused on his young adult years in Manchester.

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Magicfest Gala: Levitations
Sat 8 July | Festival Theatre

Magicfest Gala: Levitations

The best illusion and circus acts from around the world assembled to perform a visually stunning and breath-taking flight of fancy, presenting a real version of our single most popular dream - flight. Enter a room where the rules of gravity are bent and broken…

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - John Scofield /Mike Stern
Fri 14 July | Festival Theatre

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - John Scofield /Mike Stern

Two of the biggest guitar stars of jazz and fusion in a very rare and incendiary jazz guitar double bill – both with all-star bands, including the legendary trumpeter, Randy Brecker and drummers, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White.

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - A Night with Ella
Sat 15 July | Festival Theatre

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - A Night with Ella

Ella Fitzgerald was the greatest vocalist the jazz world has ever heard, she mined the songbooks of Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Rogers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin. Now Seonaid Aitken pays homage joined by the superstar young Groove Merchant Big Band and special guest Sam West who sings Ella’s special duets with Louis Armstrong.

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - Jazz Centenary Gala Concert
Wed 19 July | Festival Theatre

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - Jazz Centenary Gala Concert

A joyous celebration of the early years of Jazz.

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Whist - Virtual Reality Experience
Fri 21 July to Thu 3 August | Milburn Bar at Festival Theatre

Whist - Virtual Reality Experience

Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s dream theory, WHIST invites audiences on a journey into the unconscious mind, where instincts will be the guide through a narrative of surreal dreams and fears. Combining Physical Theatre and Mixed Reality Technology, the production brings the magic of theatre together with the type of special effects only possible in the world of film.

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - The Blind Boys of Alabama/The Coco Mamas
Fri 21 July | Festival Theatre

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - The Blind Boys of Alabama/The Como Mamas

The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognised around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. Not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions, the group helped to define those traditions in the 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st century.

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival -  Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Sat 22 July | Festival Theatre

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

The king of boogie woogie, swing and r‘n’b, Jools Holland is back for another energy-fuelled show with his fantastic Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, raising the roof of the Festival Theatre once again.

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Edinburgh International Festival: Greek
5 & 6 August | Festival Theatre

Edinburgh International Festival: Greek

Unveiled to the UK at the Edinburgh International Festival, Greek is now a modern opera classic, lauded in productions across the world. Mark-Anthony Turnage’s blazing opera exploded onto the stage in 1988 – and overnight redefined what opera can be.

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Edinburgh International Festival: Macbeth
18 & 19 August | Festival Theatre

Edinburgh International Festival: Macbeth

A major new production of Verdi’s dark operatic thriller, given by the International Festival’s 2017 resident company Teatro Regio of Turin, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Emma Dante. The opera was the very first to be performed at the inaugural International Festival in 1947.

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