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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!
Age restrictionTo be confirmed.
Running time2hr 30min (inc. 30min interval)
Performance dates19 October - 18 December 2019
Previews from 15 to 18 October. Official opening night on Saturday, 19 October 2019.
AccessAudio-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 InformationOlivier TheatreNational Theatre, Upper Ground, Lambeth, South Bank,, London, SE1 9PX
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First Look: Translations at London's Olivier Theatre, National
First-look photos have been released for Ian Rickson's highly praised production of Translations, which has returned to the National Theatre in London to play a strictly limited season in the venue's Olivier Auditorium until 18 December 2019. The thought-provoking show opened for previews on 15 October and held its official press night on Monday, 21 October. Check out the gorgeous production photos for Translations below.
23 Oct, 2019 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
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Casting announced for Translations at the National's Olivier Theatre
The highly-anticipated return of Translations has found its cast. Following a sell-out run at the National in 2018, Brian Friel's masterpiece is set to re-open at London's National Theatre on 15 October for a limited, 2-month run in the venue's Olivier auditorium. It tells the tale of British military officers wishing to create a map of rural Ireland using English names instead of Gaelic ones, resulting in dangerous consequences.
Find out who is starring in Translations at the National Theatre below.
10 Oct, 2019 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels