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By prospect   May 2006

Festival director sets no tongues wagging

The appointment of Jonathan Mills—a little-known 42-year-old Australian composer and former director of the Melbourne festival—as director of the Edinburgh international festival has sent shock waves of indifference through the arts world. Not just “who?” but also “why?” and “what’s going on?” are the questions on hardly anyone’s lips. The retiring director, Brian McMaster, was at the helm for 15 consistently challenging years, and goes out on a high. His programme this year brings back the German director Peter Stein to direct Troilus and Cressida, as well as Catalan “bad boy” director Calixto…

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