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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Gate Theatre goes Stateside as LA gets a taste of Beckett

Michael Colgan, Artistic director of the Gate theatre.
Photo: Tony Gavin 28/11/2013
Michael Colgan, Artistic director of the Gate theatre.

THE Gate Theatre has launched a long-term plan to take more Irish productions abroad, starting with a tour of Samuel Beckett's 'I'll Go On' in Los Angeles.

Artistic director Michael Colgan told the Irish Independent that he had set in motion a campaign to introduce plays staged at the famous Dublin venue to theatre-goers overseas.

"We're doing more touring now; things are tight in Dublin so it's great to take up more of the invitations that we receive," he said.

"You can't have all your talent outside of Dublin though either and our priority is still what goes on to the Gate stage, but we will be doing more touring.

"When people see plays from Ireland going overseas and being successful, it's a good advertisement for the country.

"The more we're seen to do well is important; and it's also great for the actors too."

'I'll Go On', directed by Colm O Briain, is the stage adaptation of three novels by Beckett -- 'Molloy', 'Malone Dies' and 'The Unnamable'.

The one-man monologue, starring celebrated Beckett interpreter Barry McGovern, kicks off its five-week stint this week and will run until February 9 at the famous Kirk Douglas Theatre.

The production was first performed at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1985 and has since toured worldwide to critical acclaim, most recently featuring in the Edinburgh International Festival.

McGovern, an established name in theatre circles, has become synonymous with his moving depictions of the Irish playwright's work.

The actor is also recognisable in the US for his portrayal in HBO's award-winning 'Game of Thrones', as well as his turn opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in 'The Tudors'.

"We came here with John Hurt in October 2011, with 'Krapp's Last Tape' and Barry brought 'Waiting For Godot' here at one stage too and they both went down very well," Mr Colgan said.

Productions such as 'My Cousin Rachel', 'Eh Joe' with Michael Gambon, and 'Pride and Prejudice' will also tour.

'Pride and Prejudice', running at the Gate, has been breaking box-office records and has been extended until February 8.

It stars Stephen Brennan, Lorna Quinn and former 'Fair City' actress Aoibhin Garrihy.

Irish Independent

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