Aristocrats on the Abbey Stage
The Abbey Theatre celebrates world renowned playwright Brian Friel with a new production of his play Aristocrats opening on Tuesday 24 June 2014. Aristocrats, about the once powerful aristocratic O’Donnell family of Ballybeg, premiered on the Abbey stage 35 years ago in 1979.
From Philadelphia, Here I Come! to Translations, Brian Friel’s plays have delighted generations of Abbey Theatre audiences. This summer we return to the village of Ballybeg with Aristocrats.
The once influential O’Donnells have gathered to celebrate a wedding in their crumbling home, Ballybeg Hall. The father, Justice O’Donnell is on his death-bed. This upper class family has survived wars and famine but the old order is collapsing. Can they forge a new life for themselves?
Patrick Mason directed the Abbey Theatre’s 1990 production of Brien Friel’s acclaimed Dancing at Lughnasa which toured to London and the US, winning several accolades, including an Olivier award and three Tony awards. For this latest Abbey Theatre production, he collaborates with a dynamic ensemble of actors and creative artists.
The ten member cast includes two stalwarts of Irish acting, Tom Hickey and John Kavanagh, both of whom played Casimir in previous productions. Also returning to the Abbey stage for Aristocrats are Cathy Belton (Judith), Philip Judge (Tom Hoffnung), Ruth McGill (Anna’s voice), Keith McErlean (Eamon), Tadhg Murphy (Casimir) and Rory Nolan (Willie Diver). Two actors making their Abbey stage debuts are Jane McGrath (Claire) and Rebecca O’Mara (Alice).
Run: 18 June – 2 August
Previews: 18 – 23 June
Opening: 24 June
Times: Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Sat matinee 2.00pm