Translations - Carousel
Back to Plays

Translations Tickets

Olivier Theatre, London4.328 reviews
Translations starring Ciarán Hinds makes a comeback at the National Theatre.

Keep me updated

For all the latest news and tickets on sale in the west end:

  • Tickets Refunded if your event is cancelled
  • Official tickets from an authorised retailer
  • 100% Secure booking process guaranteed

Ian Rickson’s production of Translations returns to the National!

You will not want to miss your chance to see Ian Rickson’s production of Brian Friel’s stunning play Translations. Returning to the National Theatre after a sell-out run last year, tickets for Translations are in extremely high demand. Translations National Theatre return will only last 8 weeks, so book early to make sure you have seats to see this moving work before it leaves the Olivier Theatre

Brian Friel’s play about language: Translations

After the enormous success of last year’s run, Translations is returning to London’s Oliver Theatre at the National for 2 months only!

Owen is the proverbial prodigal son returned home. He has in tow two British army officers who are looking to map the area. They are set on replacing the original names with English versions. This menial administrative decision will have severe impacts. Hugh (Ciarán Hinds) is Owen’s father and a teacher at the local hedge-school who takes language very seriously. He feels that his livelihood and way of life are at risk.

This powerful play examines the importance of language and reflects the troubled history between England and Ireland as it plays out in one small, isolated community. 

Translations Cast and Creatives

This run of Translations will see Ciarán Hinds reprise his role as family patriarch Hugh. Hinds is known for his work on television shows like Game of Thrones, in films like the Harry Potter franchise and on stage in Closer and Girl From the North Country. Also reprising their roles are Dermot Crowley (As You Like It, Richard III, Breakfast at Tiffany's) as Jimmy Jack, Judith Roddy (A Doll's House) as Mairie, Rufus Wright (Mary Stuart) as Captain Lancey, and Seamus O’Hara (Game of Thrones, A Streetcar Named Desire) as Manus. 

Amy Molloy (Cyprus Avenue) joins the cast as Bridget with Fra Fee (Les Miserables, The Ferryman, Durty Dancing)  coming on board as Owen. Jack Bardoe (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is set to play  Lieutenant Yolland with Julian Moore-Cook (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Doalty and Liádan Dunlea (The Alienist) as Sarah.

The cast are completed by Gareth Clarke (Blithe Spirit, Witness for the Prosecution, Ghost Stories), Adam Collier (We're Going on a Bear Hunt), Paul Lloyd (Anthony and Cleopatra, King Lear), Sarah Madigan (The Play That Goes Wrong, Celebration) and Michael-David McKernan (Sucking Dublin, Fantastic Mr Fox) who comprise the ensemble and understudy various roles. 

Translations was written by Brian Friel in 1980. Ian Rickson, who has made a name for himself directing shows on Broadway and in the West End, returns to direct Translations. His previous West End work includes the Children’s Hour, The Birthday Party, Rosmersholm and the upcoming Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The play features songs by Stephen Warbeck with sound by Ian Dickinson. Lighting is by Neil Austin with design and costumes by Rae Smith and choreography by Anna Morrisey.

Translations Olivier Theatre tickets available now!

Do not miss your chance to see this stunning revival on the National Theatre stage for a limited time. Book your tickets for Translations early to avoid disappointment so that you can secure the best seats to one of the year’s greatest shows before all they all get lost in translation! 

Additional Information

Age restriction

To be confirmed.

Running time

2hr 30min (inc. 30min interval)

Performance dates

19 October - 18 December 2019

Special notes

Previews from 15 to 18 October. Official opening night on Saturday, 19 October 2019.


Audio-described performances for the visually-impaired and blind will be held on Friday, 13 December at 7.30pm and on Saturday, 14 December at 2pm, the latter of which is preceded by a Touch Tour. Captioned performances for the hard-of-hearing and Deaf will be held on Tuesday, 3 December at 2pm and on Tuesday 10 December at 7.30pm.

Venue Information

Olivier TheatreNational Theatre, Upper Ground, Lambeth, South Bank,, London, SE1 9PX

Customer Reviews

28 reviews4.3

Margaret Campbell22nd December

This was a wonderful production, The cast were fantastic and the scenery was very atmospheric.

Anne Patrick18th December

Theatre tickets are a rare treat for me, so it’s rather ironic that I find the cost of the seats prohibitive but the quality of the performance excellent.

Carol Breuer18th December

Disappointing. Not up to Brian Friel's best. It felt tedious, the affair between Moire and George banal and predictable. The ending just felt as though the play had run out of steam. Positives - lovely set, good acting. Poor play.

John Part17th December

Great building of brutal threats and retribution with no overt violence

Matthias Landgraf15th December

Wonderful production in a great theatre

Mr Viliame Nanovo15th December

A well written, intelligent tale.

ROSEMARY LEE15th December

Very good set, excellent acting.

Dymphna Crowe14th December

I really enjoyed this production, wonderful acting and wonderful set.

Andrew Grimstone14th December

Powerful and poignant

Susan OLeary12th December

Exceptional production. Not a weak performance from anyone.

Anna Moloney11th December

The play was excellent. The actors were good. The play was about Irish History. The story was interesting. The stage had a simple lay out. The play sometimes had long conversation. Mixed with good humour. Definitely worth a watch.

Patsy Hughes6th December

The production was good overall and the acting excellent. I thought the director could have been more imaginative with both lighting and scene changes (sadly lacking). I thought the play would have been enhanced by some evocative Irish music which was noticeable by its absence.