Brian Friel

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The week in theatre: Dancing at Lughnasa; Private Lives – review
Brian Friel’s thoughtful 1930s drama remains absorbing, while Noel Coward’s classic has fine cigarette work but fails to ignite

Susannah Clapp

23, Apr, 2023 @9:30 AM

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Dancing at Lughnasa review – an exquisite staging of Brian Friel’s evocative drama
There are superb performances from a cast including Siobhán McSweeney and Ardal O’Hanlon in Josie Rourke’s production

Arifa Akbar

19, Apr, 2023 @11:36 AM

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Vittorio Angelone: Translations review – an eye-catching standup debut
The Irish-Italian comedian, nominated for best newcomer at the Edinburgh fringe, delivers his show with a light touch and ample self-irony

Brian Logan

25, Jan, 2023 @3:48 PM

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Translations review – Brian Friel’s tale of two cultures has universal impact
Caitríona McLaughlin’s taut new production of Friel’s colonisation drama is a timeless study of change and identity

Helen Meany

02, May, 2022 @11:13 AM

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Faith Healer review – Aidan Gillen is mercurial and mysterious in Brian Friel’s classic
Gillen, Niamh Cusack and Nigel Lindsay deliver haunting monologues in director Joe Dowling’s affectingly sombre production

Helen Meany

09, Dec, 2021 @1:57 PM

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Top 10 books about family life | Stephen Walsh
From parents who meddle in their children’s relationships to ex-wives who loom over second marriages, families in fiction can be just as complicated as they are in real life

Stephen Walsh

18, Aug, 2021 @11:24 AM

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Faith Healer review – this virtual Friel is the stuff of miracles
Michael Sheen, Indira Varma and David Threlfall are magnificent in Matthew Warchus’s enthralling livestreamed production of Brian Friel’s 1979 play

Clare Brennan

27, Sep, 2020 @9:30 AM

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Faith Healer review – Friel's spellbinder captures theatre's magic
Michael Sheen, Indira Varma and David Threlfall are a superb trinity for Brian Friel’s powerful monologues

Chris Wiegand

20, Sep, 2020 @9:46 AM

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Michael Sheen returns to stage in live-streamed Faith Healer
Brian Friel drama promises ‘emotional thwack’, with star joining David Threlfall and Indira Varma at the Old Vic

Chris Wiegand

02, Sep, 2020 @12:46 PM

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All the world's a page: the joy of scripts during theatre's shutdown
As venues close due to Covid-19, there’s a world of published drama to savour, from text that falls off the page to Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘undirectable’ collage

Mark Fisher

19, Mar, 2020 @4:32 PM

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Afterplay review – Brian Friel's Chekhovian parlour game
Friel’s mashup of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters is an exciting prospect, but this production lacks chemistry

Arifa Akbar

13, Mar, 2020 @11:50 AM

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Hedda Gabler review – Ibsen's stormy heroine checks her privilege
Complex women are imprisoned in a world of male buffoons in this rich and remarkably modern staging of the seminal drama – but only Hedda can escape

Gareth Llŷr Evans

24, Oct, 2019 @7:00 PM

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