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Aria Entertainment will present a double bill at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington this Spring, a revival of Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr and the premiere of new musical The Verb 'To Love' by Andy Collyer. The productions will play in rep from 28 April to 23 May 2015, with an official opening on 1 May 2015.
Portia Coughlan was last seen at the Royal Court Theatre in 1996. Described as a 'haunting Irish tale', the drama was written the celebrate the centenary of Dublin's National Maternity Hospital. The production will be directed by Bronagh Lagan.
"Portia Coughlan lives in a monstrous limbo, haunted by a yearning for her spectral twin brother lying at the bottom of the Belmont River, unable to find any love for her wealthy husband and children, seeking solace in soulless affairs, deeply afraid of what she might do."
New musical The Verb 'To Love' is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle. "Simon is lost, abandoned by James, his partner of twenty-three years. He is alone for the first time, until he finds Ben, the great love of his life, a young man seventeen years his junior, and finds himself rejuvenated and fulfilled in a way he never knew possible. They share the complications of falling in love, undergoing upheavals and experiencing change, until it all falls apart. But does it?"
The double bill is produced by Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment.