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By Brian Friel

‘A flawless production which confirms the play’s status as a modern masterpiece’ Mail on Sunday
‘James Grieve’s quietly superb revival ... The transitions from gentle comedy to romance to tragedy are so poignant’ The Times
‘Stunning to watch with a cast that absolutely nails the depths of this brutal and brilliant script’ Yorkshire Post
‘A gripping and vibrant production of a hauntingly beautiful play’ WhatsOnStage
‘An evening that combines clever paradox with warmth, ingenious artifice with atmospheric authenticity, the remote past with the here-and-now’ The Telegraph
‘An exemplary revival of what may be Brian Friel's greatest play’ The Guardian
‘Strong, clearly defined performances from the whole cast... This production does full justice to the resonance and poetic quality of the writing’ British Theatre Guide
‘This is a great production of a thought-provoking play’ Broadway World

1833. Rural Ireland.

The British Army arrives to translate Gaelic place names into the King’s English. Farm-girl Máire finds herself torn between the affections of the local school teacher and the love of a British soldier, between her native tongue and a new language, between the comfort of the world she knows and the excitement of foreign possibilities.

The resulting clash of two worlds threatens the very heart of the community as they struggle to interpret a new language and each other. What gets lost in translation?


An English Touring Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production.


Sheffield Theatres

13 Feb - 8 Mar 2014

Cambridge Arts Theatre

11 - 15 Mar 2014

Northcott Theatre

18 - 22 Mar 2014

Northern Stage

25 - 29 Mar 2014

Oxford Playhouse

1 - 5 Apr 2014

The New Wolsey

8 - 12 Apr 2014

Rose Theatre, Kingston

22 Apr - 3 May 2014

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Written by

Brian Friel


James Grieve


Lucy Osborne

Lighting Designer

James Farncombe

Sound Designer

Tom Gibbons


Jane Moriarty

Dialect Coach

Majella Hurley

Assistant Director

Sean Linnen


Anne McNulty (CDG)



Cian Barry


Niall Buggy

Captain Lancey

Paul Cawley
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Beth Cooke


Hannah James-Scott

Jimmy Jack

John Conroy


Rory Murphy
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Roxanna Nic Liam


James Northcote


Ciarán O’Brien