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by Brian Friel

15 October to 18 December 2019
Running Time: Approx 2 hours 30 mins inc interval

5 star rating

A flawless production. A culture-clash masterpiece.

5 star rating

A true modern classic. Directed with immense sensitivity.

Sunday Times
5 star rating

A wild achievement. Tremendous production of a singular classic.

4 star rating

Striking staging. Standout performance from Ciarán Hinds.

Radio Times
4 star rating

Brilliant. Poignant. Unmissable.

Time Out
4 star rating

Magnificent, intricately detailed revival of Brian Friel’s masterpiece

The Stage


Following a sold-out run in 2018, Ian Rickson’s exquisite production of Brian Friel's masterpiece returns.

Ciarán Hinds (Game of ThronesGirl from the North Country) reprises his critically acclaimed role of patriarch and schoolmaster, Hugh, whose livelihood and culture are at risk.

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 acc noount of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.

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Talks and events

Ciarán Hinds and Fra Fee on Translations Mon 16 Dec, 3 – 4pm 


'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin' | A poem by Gearóid Mac Lochlainn

Liadán Dunlea and Fra Fee perform 'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin' a poem by Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, at Southbank Centre's National Poetry Library.

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'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin' | Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes: Liadán Dunlea and Fra Fee introduce 'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin' a poem by Gearóid Mac Lochlainn, ahead of performing it at the National Poetry Library.

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Translations | 2019 rehearsal gallery

Translations ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£86, £66, £57, £46, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£89, £69, £60, £52, £35, £20

Access performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 13 December, 7.30pm
Sat 14 December, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Tue 3 December, 2pm
Tue 10 December, 7.30pm


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

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Jack Bardoe
Lieutenant Yolland
Jack Bardoe
Ensemble / US Captain Lancey
Gareth Clarke
Ensemble / US Lieutenant Yolland
Adam Collier
Jimmy Jack
Dermot Crowley
Fra Fee
Paul Lloyd
Ensemble / US Hugh/Jimmy Jack
Paul Lloyd
Sarah Madigan
Ensemble / US Maire/Bridget/Sarah
Sarah Madigan
Michael-David McKernan
Ensemble / US Manus/Owen/Doalty
Michael-David McKernan
Amy Molloy
Amy Molloy
Judith Roddy
Rufus Wright
Captain Lancey
Rufus Wright

Production team




Dario Rossetti-Bonell


Double Bass


Nicola Davenport




Anna Cooper




Stephen Hiscock






Photography (Judith Roddy, Ciarán Hinds and Fra Fee) by David Stewart

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