Friday 26 May 2017

Showtime for Doyle's Don Giovanni as Dublin Theatre Festival kicks off

Opera Theatre Company’s performance of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ with translation by Roddy Doyle during a dress rehearsal in the Gaiety Theatre. Daire Collins with David Kempster as Don Giovanni. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Opera Theatre Company’s performance of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ with translation by Roddy Doyle during a dress rehearsal in the Gaiety Theatre. Daire Collins with David Kempster as Don Giovanni. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Props and set pieces are being winched in to place, costume hems sewn up and reams of dialogue recited by rote as the 59th Dublin Theatre Festival gets ready to kick off.

The 18-day festival opens tomorrow night with some 28 plays being staged around the capital.

Roddy Doyle's translation of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' has garnered much attention and will hit the Gaiety stage.

Doyle has transposed Mozart's classic opera from 17th century Seville to contemporary Dublin with references to famous locations, including The Gravediggers pub.

Outgoing director of the Gate Theatre, Michael Colgan, will direct Samuel Beckett's 'First Love' at the O'Reilly Theatre, starring Barry McGovern.

Comedian PJ Gallagher will take on the lead role in 'Alien Documentary' - a three-hander being staged at the Project Arts Centre.

Acclaimed theatre company The Corn Exchange will stage a version of Anton Chekhov's comedy 'The Seagull' with an impressive cast including Stephen Brennan, Derbhle Crotty and Jane McGrath of 'Red Rock' fame.

Dublin Theatre Festival director Willie White says the festival is packed with an eclectic range of shows.

"We have several international productions, including three Nordic shows, so I think it's a really engaging festival," White said.

Sinead Cusack will be honoured for her outstanding contribution to the acting world on the festival's gala night.

Irish Independent

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