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I am REALLY looking forward to ALICE IN FUNDERLAND
Sarah Greene in the Abbey Theatre world premiere of ALICE IN FUNDERLAND, Book and Lyrics by Phillip Mc Mahon, Composed by Raymond Scannell, Directed by Wayne Jordan, on the Abbey stage 30 March – 12 May 2012. Pics by Richard Gilligan.
Don’t they all look great? That’s Fiona Shaw, Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan in the ABBEY THEATRE production of JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN by Henrik Ibsen, in a new version by Frank McGuinness. Directed by James Macdonald on the ABBEY stage, 13 October – 20 November 2010. Pic by Ros Kavanagh
ABBEY THEATRE PRESENTS ‘JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN’ STARRING LINDSAY DUNCAN, ALAN RICKMAN AND FIONA SHAW
13 October 2010 - 20 November 2010 (Previews from 6 October – 12 October)
The Abbey Theatre is proud to present a major new production of Henrik Ibsen’s, devastating and darkly comic JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN in a new version by Frank McGuinness, as part of this year’s Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.
Directed by James Macdonald, the cast includes outstanding actors – Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman and Fiona Shaw. JOHN GABRIEL BORKMANopens on Wednesday 13 October (previews from Wednesday 6 October) on the Abbey stage for a six week run.
Along with Duncan, Rickman and Shaw, the cast for this superb production includes Cathy Belton, John Kavanagh, Amy Molloy, Marty Rea and Joan Sheehy.
John Gabriel Borkman (Alan Rickman) was once a great man, wealthy, powerful and revered. He gave up love for success and was handsomely rewarded.
But now, disgraced and destitute after a financial scandal and prison, the former director of a bank paces out each day, alone in an upstairs room, planning his comeback. Downstairs his wife Gunhild (Fiona Shaw) lives a parallel life, plotting for their son to restore the family’s reputation.
The claustrophobia of their lives is shattered once and for all with the arrival of Gunhild’s twin sister Ella (Lindsay Duncan), the woman whose love Borkman gave away…
Set design is by Tom Pye, lighting design by Jean Kalman, sound design by Ian Dickinson while the costumes are designed by Emmy-winning designer, Joan Bergin.
Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 11 November. Audio described and captioned performance: Saturday 13 November.
The organisation acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.
Booking and information on www.abbeytheatre.ie and (01) 87 87 222.
A not-so-great photo from my phone:
Better photo from Rough Magic by Anthony Woods -
Above is Rory Keenan as Jack, Aoife Duffin as Gwendolyn, Stockard Channing as Lady Bracknell, Gemma Reeves as Cecily and Rory Nolan as Algernon.
Stockard Channing of course is probably best known for her performances in Grease, The West Wing, Joe Egg as well as for her Oscar and Golden Globe nominated role in Six Degrees of Separation.
The play also features Peter Daly as Merriman, Darragh Kelly as the Rev. Canon Chasuble, Eleanor Methven as Miss Prism and Arthur Riordan as Lane.
Running from tonight, Wednesday 2 June until June 19 - with previews all this week and a matinee on Saturday, the play, is directed by Lynne Parker, with the set by Paul O’ Mahony, costumes by Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh and produced by Diego Fasciati and Cian O’ Brien.
The play itself is, of course, one of Wilde’s most famous and is a…
a hilarious comedy featuring the young men-about-town Jack and Algernon whose lives deliciously unravel when they fall in love with two strong-minded girls who will only marry a man called ‘Earnest’.
John Worthing is ‘Jack’ in the country and “Earnest” in the city. Since his true love, Gwendolyn, daughter of the forbidding Lady Bracknell (Channing) only knows him in the city, his future should be plain sailing.
But when Gwendolyn unexpectedly visits him in the country, and when his best friend turns up in pursuit of the delightful Cecily, the carefully constructed web of deception begins to entangle them all. As Algernon Moncrieff sagely puts it in Act I of the play "The truth is rarely pure and never simple."
So, I have some stuff for you. FIRSTLY, I have a discount code that will allow you to get ANY seat in the Gaiety for €25 (booking fees apply) for the June Bank Holiday. Tickets are usually €37.50, €35 and €25 on Ticketmaster so it’s a saving of at €10 to €12.50.
That code is MAGIC1 and you should enter the code in the Rough Magic Patrons box on this page.
I also have been lucky enough to get some pairs of tickets to give away for Monday night’s show (June 7 at 8pm) to those who’d be interested in going to see it.
So, the first six people who tweet me with the words “I WANT TO GO TO EARNEST” will get a pair of tickets each. Only condition is you must be able to take the tickets and attend the show.
A big thank you to Marie and Karleen in Rough Magic for helping facilitate this. All professional photos above by Anthony Woods.