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(3 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

About the Show

A revival of Friel's play which explores cultural imperialism and the role of language in society.

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120 Reviews | 12 Followers
Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like Friel's somewhat unique style of writing and you're confident you'll be able to understand fairly thick Irish accents.

Don't see it if you want fast-paced action, you will be annoyed at not having a clearcut ending, or you stuggle with thick accents. Read more

92 Reviews | 2 Followers
Edgy, Great acting, Educational, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like a strong drama especially about a side of history we know little about and how it compares to today.

Don't see it if If you hate a look at history esp a side we shouldn’t be proud of and strong accents.

24 Reviews | 0 Followers
Masterful, Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love classic theatre with excellent acting and simple yet brilliant staging. If you loved the original play this will not disappoint.

Don't see it if you want a modern play.

Critic Reviews (6)

The London Evening Standard
October 23rd, 2019

Brian Friel’s parable about the linguistic colonisation of Ireland, set in 1833 and first staged in 1980, is easy to admire but hard to love. For a story pregnant with romance and tragedy, it’s curiously uninvolving.
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The Times (UK)
October 22nd, 2019

It’s a handsome production, brooding yet sometimes bracingly funny. Rae Smith’s atmospheric set, a sprawling, boggy landscape retreating towards a vast sky that turns from red to blue to grey, generates an emphatic sense of place.
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London Theatre
October 24th, 2019

But mostly this play's vivacity resides in its pungent use and demonstration of the power of language and communication...It may be a slow-burner of an evening, but it is a piece of timeless, exquisite beauty.
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The Stage (UK)
October 22nd, 2019

It’s a traditional and earth-bound staging in many ways, but it’s also captivating, suffused with the wonder of words.
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Time Out London
October 22nd, 2019

The play’s nuanced, elegiac and often wrenching exploration of the power and violence of language in 1830s Donegal is as potent as ever.
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The Arts Desk
October 22nd, 2019

While the fate of both Ireland and the rest of the British Isles is hanging on the precise deployment of language, Friel’s devastating insights make for salutary watching. Go, and if you can bear it, take a politician.
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