Theatre enthusiasts in Britain have been enjoying a series of Tom Murphy plays on the theme of emigration this week.
DruidMurphy, plays by Tom Murphy, is a major celebration of one of Ireland’s most respected living dramatists and the story of the Irish nation.
Building on Tony Award-winning Druid’s previous critically acclaimed large-scale events with The Leenane Trilogy and DruidSynge, the company is this week presenting its biggest project to date at London’s Hampstead Theatre.
The trio includes Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine – three of the greatest plays by Tom Murphy.
Crossing oceans and spanning decades this sweeping trilogy, 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.
DruidMurphy is an epic tale of Irish emigration from1846 to 1970 – a story both of those who went and those who were left behind It can be experienced over three evenings or in an entire cycle on one day.
Directed by Druid’s Artistic Director Garry Hynes with a company of 16 actors, the versatile cast includes Niall Buggy, Edward Clayton, Beth Cooke, Brian Doherty, Gavin Drea, Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Michael Glenn Murphy, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Frank O’Sullivan, Isaac O’Sullivan, Marty Rea and Eileen Walsh.
Part of the London 2012 Festival – the finale of the Cultural Olympiad – DruidMurphy is one of the theatrical events of the year.
Following the opening at Hampstead Theatre, the productions will next transfer to one of the world’s largest arts festivals, New York’s Lincoln Center Festival.
This will be Druid’s seventh show to run in New York since 2006 and the company’s third time at the Lincoln Center Festival.
The company will then return to Ireland to play as part of Galway Arts Festival in advance of its August dates at Oxford Playhouse prior to an Irish tour.
Hampstead Theatre is located at Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU. For tickets contact the Box Office on 020 7722 9301 or book online at www.hampsteadtheatre.com.
Shows run until June 30.