The best of the Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe 2011

 

It’s often had to say where the Edinburgh Festival ends and the Fringe begins especially as some of the big names seem to appear in the latter, but don’t worry, the Guardian has the run down of the best of the two Edinburgh Festivals.

The 2011 Edinburgh International Festival as its now known runs from the 12th August to 4th September and the Fringe festival runs between 5th August and 29th August.

Both festivals focus on a range of performing arts from comedy to dance and a little storytelling in between. On the comedy circuit we’ve got relative newcommers such as Tim Key who only really burst onto the scene about 2 years ago when he won the Edinburgh Festival Comedy Aware; plus there are those long timers (not sure he’d want to be called that) such as the cuddly Phill Jupitus who you might know from Never Mind the Buzzcocks on BBC2.

The festivals really live up to their international reputation too, with a good example being the The Peony Pavilion which is best described as the Chinese version of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, this time performed by the National Ballet of China.

Family entertainment: Neither festival is all about adults and more adults either, as the family section proves. This includes the multi-award-winning version of the “The Man Who Planted Trees” story staged by the Puppet State Theatre Company.

One of the biggest family draws is likely to be “Potted Potter: the Unauthorised Harry Experience” performed by CBBC’s Dan and Jeff where they cram all 7 Harry Potter books into 1 hour! Ideally suited for 6-11 year olds.

There’s more details about these and more selections on the Guardian Edinburgh Festival page.

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