The Abbey has announced the full programme for the Avolon Winter Season 2018, comprising of five productions across the theatre’s legendary stages.
Four of Ireland’s leading theatre actors, Garret Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea, will perform Thirst (and other bits of Flann). Drawing from Flann O’Brien’s most admired works of fiction, together with his witheringly funny 1942 play about a publican caught serving alcohol after hours, the experience will showcase the Irish writer’s incisive humour and linguistic dexterity.
The Abbey Stage will also host Come from Away, a new musical sharing the real-life story of 7,000 air passengers from across the world grounded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada in the wake of 9/11. Following record-breaking engagements on Broadway, across the USA and in Canada, the play lands in Dublin for its long-awaited European premiere, ahead of its West End transfer.
A highlight of Dublin Fringe Festival, Shame will return to the Peacock Stage, a punk theatrical ritual combining theatre, performance and original songs. Also, from Fringe is Tiny Dancer, a DJ set for kids featuring dance tunes from every era and corner of the globe.
Meanwhile, 12 Christmas Poems promises an evening of seasonal poetry readings by playwright and performer Gavin Kostick, as well as festive music.
‘We are delighted to be announcing such an exciting, eclectic winter programme. From a children’s disco to the work of the great Flann O’Brien, from the Christmas musings of Gavin Kostick, to a Fringe punk hit, topped off with an award-winning Broadway musical, there’s a very good excuse for everyone to visit the Abbey this season,’ said Director of the Abbey Theatre Neil Murray in a statement.
Running from December 2018 to January 2019, this programme is presented by Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, based in Dublin. ‘We are proud to sponsor the Winter Season at the Abbey Theatre and bring the European premiere of Come from Away to the Abbey Stage,” said CEO Dómhnal Slattery in a statement.
“As a small island nation, Ireland is recognised not just for its thriving economy, but for its vibrant arts scene. The Abbey Theatre has served as an important springboard for writers, actors and producers. It is incumbent upon us to lend our support to this community. Personally, I am looking forward to spending time at the Abbey with my family and friends for what will be an exceptional season.’
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