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Review - 'Aristocrats' at the National Theatre 2005

Genre: Drama
Opened 12 July 2005
Written: by Brian Friel
Directed: Tom Cairns
Cast: Sam Beazley (Uncle George), Stephen Boxer (Tom Hoffnung), Brian Doherty (Willie Diver), Dervla Kirwan (Alice), Peter McDonald (Eamon ), Gina McKee (Judith), T P McKenna (Father), Marcella Plunkett (Claire), Andrew Scott (Casimir)
Synopsis: A family gathers for a wedding at the ancestral home in County Donegal, its crumbling edifice testimony to an opulent way of life that's all but finished. As the accusations and demands of their dying father ring out, his wayward, volatile offspring find consolation in reinventing wild and bohemian stories of the big house in its heyday.

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Top photo (Tyrone House, County Galway) by Simon Marsden
Production Photo by Alastair Muir

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