A.R.T. Edinburgh Trip

A.R.T. Edinburgh Trip

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August 19 – 23, 2019

5 days/4 nights in Edinburgh, Scotland | Activity Level: Moderate | Group Size: Max 15

For three weeks in August, Scotland’s capital becomes an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for people of all nations. Every year, the Edinburgh International Festival presents a program featuring the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theater.

This August, join the A.R.T. in celebrating it’s 2018 production of HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True as it premieres at the Edinburgh International Festival, and see some of the year’s most buzzed about emerging artists—including the iconic sell-out Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo! Dine alongside fellow theater-enthusiasts, and gain a deeper insight into the artistic programming of a regional theater.


  • $3,200/per person (Double Occupancy)
  • $3,900/ per person (Single Occupancy)
  • $2,500/ per person (No Hotel)
This trip is currently sold out. To join the wait list, please fill out the form below or contact Emily Wilson at
A 50% deposit is due to reserve your space on the trip. All transactions are non-refundable.




Please note that while these performances are confirmed, this itinerary is tentative and subject to change. B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

AUGUST 19—Arrive in Edinburgh and check-in to your room at the Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh. Take the afternoon to yourself to relax or explore the city on your own. We’ll meet for a group welcome dinner in the early evening and then convene for our first performance of the trip: the opening night performance of HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True at The Lyceum. Following the production, we’ll join the cast and creative team for the official after-party.  D

AUGUST 20—This morning we’ll enjoy breakfast as a group at the hotel and welcome a member of the Edinburgh International Festival’s Artistic team to speak with our group about their process of producing the Festival. After breakfast, guests are encouraged to take in a morning performance on their own or explore the city and reconvene after lunch for Stephen Fry’s one-man tour-de-force performance of Mythos: A Trilogy – Heroes at the Festival Theatre. Directly following the performance, we will travel as a group to dinner and then take in the third production of the week: 1927’s Roots at Churchill Hill Theatre. B, D

AUGUST 21—This afternoon, we encourage guests to explore the Festival on their own! We’ll meet for a 3:00pm performance of Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation at The Studio. Directly following, we’ll enjoy dinner as a group and then the evening opera Breaking the Waves at King’s Theatre. B, D

AUGUST 22—On the final full day in Edinburgh we’ll enjoy the sold-out performance of Sir Ian McKellen’s one man show at Assembly Hall, Ian McKellen On Stage, where he celebrates his 80th birthday and recalls seminal moments from his life and career. Our final evening together will be dinner at the Cannonball Restaurant & Bar and will include a VIP recital by members of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, followed by the official Tattoo performance at the Castle Esplanade. B,  D

AUGUST 23—This morning guests are encouraged to enjoy breakfast at the hotel and leave their bags with the hotel concierge while they explore any final spots in Edinburgh before heading home. B

About the performances

Naija Woman Talk True

By Ifeoma Fafunwa and co-produced by the American Repertory Theater

Hear Word! is Nigerian pidgin English for ‘Listen and Comply’. In this unflinchingly honest performance, ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars of theatre, film and television come together on stage to tell multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation. Read more

Hear Word!

Ian McKellen On Stage

With Tolkein, Shakespeare, Others and You

Ian McKellen On Stage will play at Edinburgh’s Assembly Hall from 22-25 August 2019, recalling seminal moments from his life and career. Sir Ian will share anecdotes and perform extracts from his best-loved roles, from Tolkien’s Gandalf to the many Shakespearean characters he made his own. Read more

Ian McKellen

Mythos: Heroes

A trilogy by Stephen Fry

From Achilles and his famous heel to the wooden horse of Troy; from Theseus’s grapples with the Minotaur to an encounter with the hair-raising Cyclops – Stephen Fry brings to brilliant life the gods, monsters and mortals of ancient Greece, translating their stories into the language of the 21st century. Read more


Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

By Tim Crouch and Co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland

Total Immediate…tells the story of a man who manipulates a group of people to sit in a place together and believe in something that isn’t true. Audience and actors turn the book’s pages together, study the images, and sometimes share the words. Read More

Total Immediate


By 1927

Witty, stylish and subversive, 1927 blends sophisticated stagecraft with the early days of cinema, all brought to life through the company’s signature fusion of handcrafted animation and storytelling, with a live musical score involving donkeys’ jaws, musical saws and Peruvian prayer boxes. Read more


Breaking the Waves

Co-produced by Opera Ventures and Scottish Opera

Breaking the Waves is a wrenching moral drama about a woman’s twisted bargain with God. Based on Lars von Trier’s controversial film, US composer Missy Mazzoli’s opera won the 2017 Best New Opera Award at the Music Critics Association of North America and was shortlisted the same year for an International Opera Award. Read more

Breaking the Waves

What’s Included

What’s Included

  • 5 days/4 nights at the Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh*
  • Tickets to 6 shows in the Edinburgh International Festival/Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • VIP Tickets to the Royal Military Tattoo, with a special dinner at the Cannonball Restaurant prior to the performance
  • Special artists talk-backs and dinners with the creative teams
  • Exclusive Concierge Ticketing Services to help book any additional performances you might want to see
  • Breakfast (4)*, Dinner (4)
  • Gratuities for all activities mentioned above
*Please note that with a No Hotel Package, lodging at the Courtyard by Marriott and breakfast each morning will not be included.

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare to and from Edinburgh
  • Airport transfer transportation
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in “What’s Included”
  • Meals/Gratuities on your own
  • Transportation to and from venues (unless otherwise noted)

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For more information about this trip, please contact Emily Wilson at or 617.962.2000 x8849.