DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Last Hotel: 27 Sept - 3 Oct
The worlds of theatre and opera collide. The Last Hotel reunites two of Ireland’s leading creative artists, the writer and director Enda Walsh, and the composer Donnacha Dennehy, in an eagerly-awaited world premiere. Dennehy and Walsh first worked together on Walsh’s Misterman, which was a resounding success in Galway, London and New York. Both artists are at the peak of their careers.
Enda Walsh is ‘one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre’ (The Guardian), a multi-award winning playwright, screenwriter and Tony Award winner in 2012 for the book of the musical Once. Donnacha Dennehy, whose ‘wild, stunning … spine-chilling’ work was chosen to open the 2013 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, ‘is clearly a major talent’ said The Times.
Conducted by Alan Pierson, the opera stars Robin Adams, Claudia Boyle, Katherine Manley and the actor Mikel Murfi. The orchestra is the 12-strong Crash Ensemble, founded by Dennehy, which the New York Times called ‘the Irish new-music band that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group’.
The Cherry Orchard: 7 Oct - 10 Oct
tg STAN have been creating work together since they graduated in the late 1980s and have earned an international reputation for their lucid interpretations of classic and contemporary texts. They make their festival debut this year with a new production of Chekhov’s final and most enigmatic play, The Cherry Orchard.
More than a century after it premiered, this story of a once wealthy family’s struggle to hold on to their property still resonates with audiences. Will the family be able to raise the money to clear their debts? Or will their home, and its cherry orchard of fond childhood memory, be razed to the ground to make way for a property development?
The Cherry Orchard has left an indelible mark on the history of theatre. The question of its meaning has preoccupied generations of artists: Is it comedy or tragedy? Poetry or drama? Prophecy or social lament?
Joined by nine guest performers, tg STAN offer their interpretation of the finest minds in world literature.