It couldn't be more timely for the National Theatre to be reviving its stirring, magnificent 2018 production of Brian Friel's Translations at this precarious point in our national history when Britain's tortuous relationship with Ireland is being recalibrated once again in the ongoing arrangements being negotiated for our departure from the European Union.Friel's history play, set in a hedge-school (an unlicensed, makeshift rural school) in a Gaelic speaking community in Baile Beag (Ballybeg) in...
Following a sold-out run in 2018, Ian Rickson's exquisite production returns. Ciarán Hinds reprises his critically acclaimed role of patriarch and school master, Hugh, whose livelihood and culture are at risk. He will be re-joined by Seamus O'Hara and Judith Roddy.
Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.
Brian Friel's modern classic sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.
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Cast and creative
By: Brian Friel
Songs by: Stephen Warbeck
Director: Ian Rickson
Cast list: Dermot Crowley, Ciarán Hinds, Seamus O’Hara, Judith Roddy, Rufus Wright, Jack Bardoe, Liádan Dunlea, Fra Fee, Amy Molloy and Julian Moore-Cook.
Design: Rae Smith
Lighting: Neil Austin
Costume: Rae Smith
Choreography: Anna Morrisey
Sound: Ian Dickinson
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Casting has been announced for the upcoming return of Brian Friel's play Translations to the National Theatre, following its sell-out run in the Olivier last year.Dermot Crowley, Ciarán Hinds, Seamus O'Hara, Judith Roddy, and Rufus Wright will all return to Ian Rickson's production, which runs in the Olivier once again from 15th October.Fra Fee will join the production, alongside fellow newcomers Jack Bardoe, Liádan Dunlea, Amy Molloy and Julian Moore-Cook.Friel's classic play sees Owen return...