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The Telegraph MARCH 12, 2013 - by Martin Chilton

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL HAS SAMUEL BECKETT SEASON

2013 Edinburgh Festival will celebrate Samuel Beckett with special season of plays and films.

A major Samuel Beckett programme will form part of the Edinburgh Festival, which announced its 2013 programme this morning.

Beckett At The Festival will celebrate the life of the Irish writer who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Eh Joe, the acclaimed production from Dublin's Gate Theatre, will be performed along with I'll Go On, Barry McGovern's one-man monologue show based on Beckett's trilogy of novels: Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable. Stage productions of First Love, Embers and All That Fall will also be presented.

In addition, there will be a rare chance to see the nineteen films, short movies and features showcasing Beckett on film. The project, produced by Michael Colgan and Alan Moloney, will include Breath, directed by Damien Hirst and Catastrophe, directed by David Mamet and starring Harold Pinter and John Gielgud.

Among the star actors featured in the films are Michael Gambon, John Hurt and Rebecca Pidgeon. Beckett is a favourite at Edinburgh. The Gate's production of Watt was performed at last year's Edinburgh Festival. The Festival also features a strong music line-up, including punk icon Patti Smith, Brian Eno, the former Roxy Music member, a tribute concert to Frank Zappa and Chinese heavy metal bands. Beethoven's Fidelio opera will be set on a spaceship in a production by media artist Gary Hill.


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