Full cast announced for Playboy of the Western World

Full cast announced for The Playboy of the Western World, by J M Synge, directed by John Crowley, which opens at the Old Vic Theatre, 27 Sep 2011, following previews from 17 Sep - running to 26 Nov 2011.

Joining the previously announced cast of Robert Sheehan (Christy Mahon), Ruth Negga (Pegeen Mike), Niamh Cusack (Widow Quinn) are Gwendolen Chatfield, Karen Cogan, John Cormack, Drew Dillon, Christopher Doyle, Diarmuid de Faoite, James Greene, Gráinne Keenan, Frank Laverty, Gary Lydon, Bronagh Taggart and Kevin Trainor.

Set in a small village on the west coast of County Mayo, The Playboy of the Western World tells the story of lonely dreamer Christy Mahon who takes refuge in Michael Flaherty’s pub, claiming that he has killed his oppressive father. Christy beguiles the locals with his tall and dramatic tale of bravery in the face of danger and becomes an instant hero. He both charms the village women including Widow Quinn and captures the heart of the landlord’s fiery daughter Pegeen . However, when his tale turns out to be less straightforward than they first thought, the simmering violence of the villagers comes to light.

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