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EIF: A Little Life

Sat 20 Aug to Mon 22 Aug 2022

Evenings 6pm | Matinee Mon 2pm

Running time (approx.): 4 hours 10 minutes

Age: Contains strong language, nudity, blood, depictions of violence and content about suicide.

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Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

From £26
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Edinburgh International Festival

A Little Life

Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove adapts Hanya Yanagihara’s novel for the theatre, crafting a deeply moving performance of epic proportions.

No novel has captivated and moved millions of readers during the past few years like A Little Life by American author Hanya Yanagihara. How does one live with immense trauma and pain? How can you help someone who doesn’t want to be helped? In A Little Life, we follow four men, bound tightly together by friendship, over a period of more than thirty years.

Acclaimed director Ivo van Hove adapts Yanagihara’s novel for the theatre into a deeply moving performance of epic proportions. Dutch actor Ramsey Nasr won the Louis d’Or (Best Male Performance) for his portrayal of central character Jude.

Performed in Dutch with English supertitles


This is Van Hove at his best, theatre that leaves an ineradicable mark

Matt Trueman, Financial Times

A Little Life Trailer

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

Based on the novel by Hanya Yanagihara

Ivo van Hove Concept & Direction

Cast includes Marieke Heebink, Maarten Heijmans, Hans Kesting, Majd Mardo, Ramsey Nasr, Bart Slegers and Steven Van Watermeulen

From priority booking, under-18s are entitled to a 50% discount and disabled people are entitled to a 30% concession discount.

From 8 April 2022, there is a 30% discount for recipients of pension credit, universal credit, employment and support allowance or jobseeker's allowance, art workers, full-time students and 18-25 year-olds . Subject to availability and may exclude top-price tickets. Proof of eligibility may be requested at venues.

Ticket prices may vary from previously published prices.


All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 

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