Show Business: The Festival Circuit

Music has long dominated the European summer air—almost any city, hamlet or two-liter spa has some sort of festival, and new ones are started every year. But today there is an increasing shift in emphasis to the drama. From the indoor stages of Scandinavia to the open-air théâtres antiques of Roman Provence, there is a heady international mosaic. Molière's L'Ecole des Femmes, for example, will be done in Lallan Scots accents at Edinburgh (hoot, monsieur).

Five top festivals:

¶ Paris (through July 9). Easily the most ambitious of the drama festivals is the...

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