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Tales of the Month

Monthly tales from the city's archives

Aug 23, 2012

Edinburgh’s International Festival attracted international press coverage from its first year. On 24 August 1947 the Paris evening newspaper, Paris-Presse, reported on the arrival in Edinburgh of some of the performers.

It is interesting to note that some of the leading stars chose to make their own travel arrangements, thereby missing the experience of travelling on an Edinburgh Corporation bus. 

‘Festival Notes.

The list of distinguished artists in Edinburgh was brought nearer to completion yesterday by the arrival of the Sadler’s Wells Ballet Company, and, later, members of the Jacques orchestra and the Old Vic Theatre Company.’

The latter two groups arrived on the 8.18pm ‘Flying Scotsman’ train and the Paris-Presse report continues:

‘A Corporation bus carried the musicians and players to their hotels and hostels. Among the Old Vic players who arrived at the Waverley Station in the evening were Miss Pamela Burke (Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew) and Miss Renée Asherson (Bianca in that play and the Queen in Richard II).

Mr Trevor Howard (Petruchio) and Mr Alec Guinness (Richard) travelled by other routes. Mr John Burrell, producer of The Taming of the Shrew, said he knew and liked Edinburgh’s theatres.'

This is the final ‘Tale of the Month’ to be published in EWH news. EWH are grateful for the permission given to use extracts over the last twelve months from “The Edinburgh Book of Days” by Michael T.R.B. Turnbull, published by The History Press.

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