Thursday 26 April 2018

Irish actress Denise Gough starring in marathon 8 hour play with Andrew Garfield

Irish actress Denise Gough
Irish actress Denise Gough
Denise Gough with the award for Best Actress for People, Places and Things. Photo: PA
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Olivier award winning Irish actress Denise Gough shares the stage with Hollywood star Andrew Garfield in a marathon theatre show Angels in America.

The first act of the play, which is being staged at the National Theatre in London, lasts three and a half hours long.

The second half of the play titled Perestroika is a further four hours.

The two acts are being shown on alternate evenings but this Saturday both instalments will be staged - clocking in at a grand total of eight and a half hours of theatre.

Nominee for Best Actor
Nominee for Best Actor "Hacksaw Ridge" Andrew Garfield arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

The lengthy playing time doesn’t seem to be deterring audiences.

In fact, the show is entirely sold out with only a few balloted tickets left.

The majority of these are standing room only - which could become tiresome around the six hour mark.

The play is set in America in the 1980s amidst the AIDS epidemic and the conservative Reagan administration.

Playwright Tony Kushner who picked up numerous awards for the play is famously protective of the play and doesn’t favour cuts.

Since it opened it has received rave reviews.

Wexford woman Denise picked up a prestigious Olivier Award 2016 for her performance in People, Places and Things.

As she collected her award she spoke of the challenges actors face.

“I had a year out of work before this job... I applied to be a cleaner this time last year... That’s the truth for many jobbing actors and actresses,” she said.

If you wish to see the show Part One will be broadcast live via NT Live on 20 July, and Part Two on 27 July - http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

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