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Abbey unveils a feast of the old and new

Published 24/11/2010 | 05:00

Actors Don Wycherley and Risteard Cooper (right) at the launch of the Abbey Theatre's new season yesterday
Actors Don Wycherley and Risteard Cooper (right) at the launch of the Abbey Theatre's new season yesterday

EXCITING work from new playwrights, together with Irish masterpieces, are included in the Abbey Theatre's 2011 programme, which was released yesterday.

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Giants of Irish theatre, such as Brian Friel and George Bernard Shaw, will join with new voices, including Nancy Harris and Stacey Gregg, to draw audiences.

One of the first productions on the Peacock stage will be 'As You Are Now, So Once Were We', which won the Best Production award at the 2010 Absolut Fringe Festival.

It takes the audience on an odyssey through Dublin and retraces the steps of James Joyce's 'Ulysses' in a fresh reflection on ourselves and our culture.

A new production of 'Pygmalion' by Bernard Shaw in June of next year features the well-known Irish actor Risteard Cooper in the role of Higgins.

Director of the Abbey Theatre, Fiach Mac Conghail, said: "As Ireland's national theatre, we always pride ourselves on offering our patrons a large choice of the highest-quality productions. This new season is no exception, as it includes big Irish classics and shows for all the family."

Irish Independent

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