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Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 programme includes works by Brian Friel and Enda Walsh among 28 productions

Published 22/07/2015 | 13:36

Enda Walsh
Enda Walsh

Works by Irish playwrights Enda Walsh and Brian Friel feature among the highlights in the programme for this year's Dublin Theatre Festival.

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The event, which takes place from September 24 to October 11, features a packed programme of 28 productions spanning 22 different stages across Dublin city and suburbs.

Among them will be 11 new Irish works premiering over 18 days alongside acclaimed productions from France, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, UK and Denmark.

Highlights include:

  • A 25th anniversary production of Brian Friel’s masterpiece, Dancing at Lughnasa, produced by the Lyric Theatre Belfast, and directed by Annabelle Comyn.


  • Acclaimed composer Donnacha Dennehy collaborates with Enda Walsh, writer of ‘Once, the Musical’, ‘Ballyturk’ and ‘The Walworth Farce’, on Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera’s new opera, The Last Hotel.


  • Fishamble’s drama-documentary Bailed Out! by Colin Murphy interrogates the bank bail out from the stage of the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire.


  • Conor McPherson’s award-winning play The Night Alive opens the festival in a new co-production with the Lyric Theatre Belfast, with a stellar cast including Adrian Dunbar, Laurence Kinlan and Ian-Lloyd Anderson.


  • OBIE Award-winners Dead Centre follow the success of ‘LIPPY’ with the premiere of their new work, Chekhov’s First Play.


  • Featuring music by Bill Whelan and lyrics by Arthur Riordan, The Train is Rough Magic Theatre Company’s new musical about the notorious contraceptive train, set in 1970s Ireland.


  • THEATREclub collaborate with women who have exited prostitution to interrogate the underbelly of Irish society in The Game.


  • Wayne Jordan directs a 19-strong cast in his new version of Sophocles’ Oedipus at the Abbey Theatre.


  • Marking the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth, the Gate Theatre presents a new production of his play, A View from the Bridge, directed by Joe Dowling.


  • At the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre the National Theatre of Great Britain’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time makes its Irish premiere.


  • The Family Season includes a buzzing world premiere from WillFredd Theatre and The Ark – Bees!

Speaking at the launch of his fourth festival programme, Artistic Director Willie White said: "I believe that the festival we have launched today addresses some of the most important stories at play in Ireland right now, and that it will make for an array of rich and rewarding days and nights at the theatre.

"All the while we are building up to celebrate the festival’s 60th anniversary in 2017, preceded by the high point of the Decade of Commemorations marked by the centenary of the Easter Rising next year.

"Dublin is also preparing a bid for European Capital of Culture 2020. So much has changed in the city since it last had the designation in 1991. We are more confident, more global and more diverse, but there is still a sense that the city is not everything it can be.

"We’re emerging from the worst of times and now we have an opportunity to think about what will make Dublin thrive into the future. The festival is ready to play its part in this story by creating rewarding experiences for the time we spend together. There are exciting times ahead."

Priority booking for Friends of the Festival is now open and box office opens to general public on August 12 at 10am.

The festival’s opening production, The Night Alive, and The National Theatre of Great Britain’s Tony Award-winning production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are already on sale to the public at dublintheatrefestival.com

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