The 55th annual Dublin Theatre Festival arrives on September 25th 2014, running for eighteen days with twenty seven world-class productions being staged across 21 different venues across Dublin City and suburbs. This year’s festival programme promises to offer “both spectacular, large-scale presentations and intimate performances to entertain seasoned theatre-goers and first-time audiences alike.”
The programme includes over 10 world premiere productions from great Irish writers and companies, alongside an extensive programme of international work:
- Eimear McBride’s multi award-winning novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing will be adapted for the stage by Annie Ryan of The Corn Exchange and performed by actress Aoife Duffin (Moone Boy).
- ANU Productions conclude their celebrated Monto Cycle with Vardo – the last in a series of four plays charting 100 years of history in Dublin’s north inner city.
- Acclaimed Irish language theatre company Fíbín Teo. stage Réiltín by Paul Mercier, the first Irish language play at the festival since 1997.
- Druid stage a double-bill of plays by Tom Murphy: Bailegangaire and a newly-written companion play, Brigit.
- A new production from Fishamble: The New Play Company, Spinning, a new play by Deirdre Kinahan.
- An exciting Australian Season includes three productions showcasing the vitality of Australia’s cultural scene.
- A stellar cast including Sinéad Cusack, Ciarán Hinds and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars in an anticipated new work byMark O’Rowe at the Abbey Theatre, Our Few and Evil Days.
- The world premiere of a new play by Hugo Hamilton, The Mariner, is presented by the Gate Theatre.
- Dublin Youth Theatre returns to the festival with Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening.
- Three shows from Belgium demonstrate theatre’s relationship with other art forms, while further international work fromFrance, the UK, Chile and Germany also features in the programme.
- A delightful Family Season returns to The Ark for ages 3+ with work from Spain, the UK and Australia, and a stage adaptation of Irish author Oliver Jeffers’ The Way Back Home, produced by Branar Téatar do Pháistí and Denmark’s Teater Refleksion.
- Festival+ – a series of special events, many of which are free – complements the main-stage programme, with talks, critical events, exhibitions and work-in-progress presentations. For this, the 55th edition of the festival, an exhibit of material from the festival’s history will be on display at The Little Museum of Dublin. The Festival+ line-up will also include a discussion on Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come!, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its premiere at Dublin Theatre Festival 1964.
Priority booking for Friends of the Festival: 21st July | General public booking: 12th August
One of the festival highlights, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is already on sale to the general public. Book online at www.dublintheatrefestival.com, by phone on +353 1 677 8899 or in person at the Festival Box Office, Office, 44 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2