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Irish actor Stephen Rea poses during a photocall before a press conference to present the film "Black 47" in competition during the 68th Berlinale film festival on February 16, 2018 in Berlin. TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Irish actor Stephen Rea poses during a photocall before a press conference to present the film "Black 47" in competition during the 68th Berlinale film festival on February 16, 2018 in Berlin. TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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Irish actor Stephen Rea poses during a photocall before a press conference to present the film "Black 47" in competition during the 68th Berlinale film festival on February 16, 2018 in Berlin. TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Actor Stephen Rea is to follow in the footsteps of stars such as Cillian Murphy when he receives a prestigious award at next month's Dublin Theatre Festival.

The 72-year-old actor will be the toast of the gala night this year where he will be honoured for outstanding contribution to theatre.

The festival will take place from September 26 - October 13 with performances all over the city, including world premieres of new work, reworked classics and an expanded Theatre for Children programme.

Previous recipients of the honour have included Murphy, Fergus and Rosaleen Linehan, Sinead Cusack, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy and Garry Hynes.

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Stephen Rea in Black 47, directed by Lance Daly

Stephen Rea in Black 47, directed by Lance Daly

Stephen Rea in Black 47, directed by Lance Daly

The Belfast born actor came to worldwide attention when he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Neil Jordan's The Crying Game in 1992.

His theatre work spans decades and has seen him take to stages across Dublin, London and New York.

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Stephen Rea, Neil Jordan and Liam Neeson on the set of the movie

Stephen Rea, Neil Jordan and Liam Neeson on the set of the movie

Stephen Rea, Neil Jordan and Liam Neeson on the set of the movie

He established the Field Day Theatre Company with Brian Friel in the 1980s, was lauded for his performance in Enda Walsh's Ballyturk and received international critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic for his powerful and disturbing performance in Cyprus Avenue.

He also has plenty of movie credits to his name, appearing in Breakfast on Pluto, Michael Collins, V for Vendetta, The End of the Affair and Black '47, set in Ireland during the Great Famine.

Among the jam-packed programme of events at this year's festival is a take on Playboy of the Western World by J.M Synge.

The classic has been re-imagined by an all-female creative team led by exciting young director Oonagh Murphy.

It will run at the Gaiety Theatre from Tuesday, September 24 until October 5.

Work from leading artists across the world, including Australia, Estonia, the UK and the USA, will also be showcased at the festival.

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