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First show of the 2018 International Festival announced

As part of the National Theatre of Scotland's 2018 season launch, we're excited to announce that a new radical restaging of Midsummer, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s phenomenally successful musical comedy, will be part of the 2018 International Festival.

The show was first performed at the Traverse in 2008, before touring nationally and internationally to huge acclaim. Set in Edinburgh, the play follows solitary thirty-somethings Bob and Helena on a great lost weekend of bridge-burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, bondage miscalculations, midnight trysts and self-loathing hangovers.

This National Theatre of Scotland version will take the play in an immersive new direction, placing audiences at the very heart of the action with heightened musicality and a joyful energy. Midsummer will take up residency at The Hub, the home of the Edinburgh International Festival, throughout August, offering International Festival audiences a nightly musical rom-com rollercoaster.

at Midsummer’s heart lies the ingeniously conveyed moral that it is possible to change our lives for the better, the fervent conviction that love can take us by surprise just when we least expect it

The Telegraph

Previous resident performers at The Hub have included cabaret artist Meow Meow, performing her subversive take on The Little Mermaid in 2017, while 2016 saw Alan Cumming return to Scotland with his celebrated late-night musical show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.

The National Theatre of Scotland returns to the Edinburgh International Festival following previous co-presentations including Realism, The Bacchae, 365, Caledonia, The James Plays, Dragon, Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Anything that Gives Off Light.

David Greig is Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh and one of the UK's foremost playwrights. Gordon McIntyre is an Edinburgh based musician and founding member of Scottish indie band, Ballboy.


The full details of the production of Midsummer will be announced alongside the full 2018 International Festival programme on Wednesday 14 March.

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