Friday 15 November 2019

Stellar line-up for premiere of Tony winner's play

From left, Enda Walsh, Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea.
From left, Enda Walsh, Mikel Murfi, Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea.

Caroline Crawford

A STELLAR cast of our greatest theatre talent will return to the Irish stage this summer when they join forces at the Galway Arts Festival.

Internationally acclaimed actors Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea will appear in the world premiere of a major new play 'Ballyturk' by award- winning playwright Enda Walsh.

It marks Walsh's first new play in four years and the first since he won a Tony Award for the Broadway musical 'Once', which is running in New York, London's West End and on a major US tour.

The production will also reunite the creative team behind one of the festival's biggest hits 'Misterman', which performed to sell-out audiences in 2011 before a hugely successful tour in London and New York.

That internationally-acclaimed hit play, co-produced by Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival, starred Murphy in a solo performance which saw him win a Drama Desk award.

'Ballyturk', which marks the second co-production between Landmark and the Festival, will see his return to the Irish stage where he will star alongside Walsh's long-time collaborator Mikel Murfi and renowned actor and Tony nominee Rea. It will mark Murphy's third collaboration with Walsh following on from 'Misterman' and 'Disco Pigs'.

Described as "gut-wrenchingly funny and achingly sad", 'Ballyturk' will run at the Black Box Theatre in Galway from July 10 to 27.

Its world premiere will coincide with the opening night of this year's festival.

Irish Independent

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