US actor leading 'The Field' as play returns
Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00
MORE than 45 years after its Dublin debut, John B Keane's iconic play 'The Field' is returning to the Olympia Theatre next month.
Award-winning stage, TV and film actor Brian Dennehy will play ferocious tenant farmer Bull McCabe when the play returns for a month-long run.
The 72-year-old American actor got down to business during the first day of rehearsals at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin's Temple Bar yesterday.
He will take on the role made famous in Jim Sheridan's 1990 movie version by Hollywood veteran Richard Harris.
The play was first staged in 1965, just six years after the murder of bachelor farmer Moss Moore, after whom the play was based.
The play delves into the heart of the Irish obsession with 'the land', inspired by the case of the north Kerry farmer's murder in 1959.
His farmer neighbour had been involved in a dispute over a right-of-way of the land he had transformed from wasteland to lush pasture. Although he was never tried or convicted of the farmer's killing, the neighbour was a chief suspect who inspired the role of the feisty farmer.
The play opens on January 13 and runs until February 12.