Preview of 2014: Capital events
The biggest events in Edinburgh in winter/spring 2014, including War Horse and Six Nations Rugby
This article is from 2013.
The National Theatre production of Michael Morpurgo’s epic tale of a young man and his beloved horse arrives in Edinburgh with expectations as high as they can go. Life-sized puppets of galloping horses, stirring music and perfect storytelling are the ingredients that have made this tale of courage, loyalty and friendship a universal hit.
Festival Theatre, Wed 22 Jan–Sat 15 Feb, edtheatres.com/warhorse
Created by The Field Museum in Chicago and making its UK debut here, this spectacular interactive exhibition takes us millions of years back in time to the age of the woolly mammoth. Meet Lyuba, an astonishingly detailed replica of a 42,000-year-old baby mammoth and learn why humans have been so fascinated by these creatures.
National Museum of Scotland, Fri 24 Jan–Sun 20 Apr, nms.ac.uk
Using 6000 acrylic tubes containing optical fibres, designer Bruce Munro has created a work that illuminates its natural surroundings with a spectrum of colour. He came up with the concept while travelling through Australia’s Red Desert, and the piece has previously appeared at such diverse locations as Cornwall’s Eden Project and Harvey Nichols in London.
St Andrew Square, Mon 3 Feb–Sun 27 Apr, fieldoflight.co.uk
After finishing third in 2013’s Six Nations, behind Wales and England, Scotland will be looking to consolidate and perhaps even improve on that position. There are just two games on home turf this year: the Calcutta Cup clash with England coming up in February, and a battle with the wooden spoon-clutching French ahead in March.
Murrayfield Stadium, Sat 8 Feb, Sat 8 Mar, scottishrugby.org