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by Brian Friel

22 May to 11 August 2018
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 30 mins, inc interval


‘This is Brian Friel’s finest and most universal play.’
Sunday Times

Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.

Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.

What happens when a land is robbed of its language?

Colin Morgan (HumansMerlin) plays Owen and Ciarán Hinds (Game of ThronesGirl from the North Country) plays his father. Ian Rickson directs.

Hundreds of seats at £15 for every performance

5 star rating

A flawless production. A culture-clash masterpiece

5 star rating

A wild achievement. Tremendous new production of a singular classic

5 star rating

A true modern classic. Directed with immense sensitivity and terrific acting

The Sunday Times
4 star rating

Magnificent, intricately detailed revival of Brian Friel’s masterpiece

The Stage
4 star rating

Brilliant. Poignant. Unmissable. Awash with talent, with Ciarán Hinds and Colin Morgan

Time Out
4 star rating

One of the great plays of the 20th century

What's On Stage
4 star rating

Resonant. Colin Morgan makes an absorbing National Theatre debut

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Striking staging. Standout performances from Ciarán Hinds and Adetomiwa Edun

Radio Times
4 star rating

Riveting. Makes the political personal

The Times

Translations | Images from 2018 production

Translations | About the play

The cast of the 2018 production introduce Brian Friel's masterpiece.

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