Saturday 17 March 2018

Abbey Theatre's 2017 highlights include Roddy Doyle's 'Two Pints' and Emma Donoghue’s 'Room'

The programme was announced with the tagline: "Abbey Theatre 2017: What happens next is this..."

Author of room Emma Donoghue.
Author of room Emma Donoghue.
Two More Pints by Roddy Doyle
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Roddy Doyle’s Two Pints Facebook posts are to be adapted for the stage as part of the Abbey Theatre's 2017 programme.

The Two Pints series centre around two Dublin gentlemen who muse the news of the day in a pub. 

The deaths of well known celebrities, the marriage referendum and the Buncrana pier crash have all been the subject of Two Pints. 

The play will now be performed in a range of Irish pubs around the country. 

Two More Pints by Roddy Doyle
Two More Pints by Roddy Doyle

Another highlight in the 2017 programme is Emma Donoghue’s Oscar winning screenplay Room - which will be adapted to the stage. 

It’s not the only film to be transposed to the Abbey auditorium; Ken Loach’s Jimmy Hall also features in the programme. 

There will be a total of fifteen productions on the Abbey stage during 2017. 

Some of these will be return performances of critical and commercial hits. 

For example, Enda Walsh’s Arlington and Ballyturk which premiered at the Galway International Arts Festival will both play at the national theatre.  

The Corn Exchange’s hugely successful 2004 production of ‘Dublin by Lamplight’ will also return to the boards. 

New Director of the Theatre Graham McLaren will also direct Dermot Bolger’s version of Joyce’s formative text Ulysses. 

Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot will open in April following their sell out shows at the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival. 

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