Sat 18: DruidMurphy cycle*
Mon 20: Famine
Tue 21: A Whistle in the Dark
Wed 22: Conversations on a Homecoming
Thu 23: Famine
Thu 23: A Whistle in the Dark
Fri 24: Conversations on a Homecoming
Sat 25: DruidMurphy cycle*
* The cycle starts at 1.30pm and finishes at approximately 10.45pm. It includes one 30 minute tea-break and one 90 minute dinner break between shows.
Book the DruidMurphy cycle on Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 August online or at the ticket office. To experience the cycle midweek call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 to book three performances as a cycle ticket for £45.
Presented by Druid in a co-production with Quinnipiac University Connecticut, NUI Galway, Lincoln Center Festival and Galway Arts Festival.
The productions will be designed by Francis O’Connor, with movement by David Bolger, costumes by Joan O’Clery, lighting by Chris Davey and sounds by Gregory Clarke.
The cast includes:
Michael Glenn Murphy
Treasa Ní Mhiolláin
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The London 2012 Festival
Tony Award-winning Druid presents DruidMurphy – a major celebration of the work of Tom Murphy, one of Ireland’s most respected dramatists.
Part of the London 2012 Festival – the finale of the Cultural Olympiad – DruidMurphy is an epic tale of Irish emigration. Crossing oceans and spanning decades, DruidMurphy covers the period from The Great Hunger of the 19th century to the ‘new’ Ireland of the 70s, exploring what we mean when we call a place home. Told over three plays, experienced over three evenings or in an entire cycle on one day, DruidMurphy promises to be one of the theatrical events of the year.
The plays are three of the greatest by Tom Murphy: Famine, set in 1846 as the people of County Mayo face the prospect of deep starvation; A Whistle in the Dark, where Irish emigrants adapt aggressively to life in Coventry in the 1960s; and Conversations on a Homecoming, following Michael’s return home to Galway from New York after a 10-year absence.
Directed by Garry Hynes, described by the New York Times as “probably the foremost interpreter of Irish drama in the world today,” the cast includes Aaron Monaghan who had lead roles in Druid’s The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Playboy of the Western World in Oxford.
Direct from London and New York, Oxford Playhouse is the only UK venue outside London presenting DruidMurphy. Don’t miss this astounding international theatre event here on your doorstep.
Viewed in its entirety, DruidMurphy is truly epic, broad of scope, its insight profound, its clear-sightedness both cruel and compassionate. Remarkable. **** Times
I emerged astonished both by Murphy's historical awareness and Druid's ensemble vigour. **** Guardian
...a high-five Hibernian highlight of the year so far, a fantastic tear-sodden blast of the very best in Irish theatre. Garry Hynes leads her Galway-based Druid company in triumph and despair, twin impostors of the Celtic dream and nightmare. ***** What's On Stage
attendance should be obligatory… thanks to productions so faultless they’re no effort to sit through – even in one marathon day. ***** Daily Telegraph
Murphy is, I suspect, the greatest dramatist writing in English. ***** Financial Times
There is no weak moment, no weak line, no weak movement. Sunday Independent
Venue: Main Stage | Category: Drama