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Dancing At Lughnasa

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A life-affirming play, Dancing At Lughnasa is Friel’s passionate portrait of the five Mundy sisters. Read More >

Brian Friel’s Laurence Olivier Award-winning play, Dancing At Lughnasa, is a bittersweet reflection of rural Ireland in the 1930s on the brink of industrialisation. The play comes to the Old Vic in its first return to the West End since its premiere in 1990.

A life-affirming story, Dancing At Lughnasa is Friel’s passionate portrait of the five Mundy sisters. The play follows their tragic loss of love and opportunity, played out against the echoes of the 20th century with a dark humour, raw energy and tenderness.

Dancing At Lughnasa is directed by Anna Mackmin. Her West End credits include In Celebration and Under The Blue Sky at the Duke Of York’s theatre.

The cast includes Andrea Corr, Niamh Cusack, Michelle Fairley and Susan Lynch.

Cusack’s London stage credits include The Enchantment and His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink in the West End and several productions for the Bush and the Royal Court.

Lead singer of The Corrs, Andrea Corr makes her London stage debut with Dancing At Lughnasa. Her co-star Fairley is a Laurence Olivier Award-nominated actress, winning the nomination for her role in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse. Lynch was most recently seen in the Almeida’s The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot.

For more about Dancing At Lughnasa at the Old Vic, read our First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 26/02/2009

Opening Night: 05/03/2009

Closing Night: 09/05/2009

Running time: 2h20

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Cast & Creative


Andrea Corr, Niamh Cusack. Michelle Fairley, Susan Lynch, Finbar Lynch. Peter McDonald, Jo Stone-Fewings


Director - Anna Mackmin

Producer - The Old Vic, Sonia Friedman Productions & Tulchin / Bartner

Designer - Lez Brotherston

Choreographer - Scarlett Mackmin

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

Author - Brian Friel

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