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About The Walworth Farce
Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson star for the first time together on stage in a major new production of Enda Walsh’s furiously funny play. Presented by Landmark Productions in association with MCD, this production is set to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2015 and booking opens on Friday 26 September at 9am through Ticketmaster. This is a strictly limited four-week run, from 10 January – 8 February 2015. The production, which also features Leona Allen in her first major professional role, will be directed by multiple Olivier Award winner Sean Foley, with set and costumes designed by Alice Power and lighting designed by Paul Keogan.
‘What are we if we’re not our stories?’ Dinny and his two sons have left Ireland. What will they make of London? What will London make of them? Trapped in a tiny flat, endlessly rehearsing their past, they embark on a chaotic, roller-coaster ride through hilarity and terror.
Speaking of the announcement Enda Walsh said, “It's a tremendously exciting prospect to have Brendan, Domhnall and Brian Gleeson performing in The Walworth Farce. It will be interesting to see whether the Olympia stage can contain that level of talent... and gingerness. I have been a huge fan of Sean Foley's ever since the early days of his brilliant company - The Right Size. The man's a comedic genius and together with the Gleesons they are sure to construct mayhem.”
Brendan Gleeson, who announced details of the production at a press reception at the Olympia Theatre today said: “Doing 'The Walworth Farce' with the two lads and Leona is now the focus of my year. It will be exhilarating and challenging in equal measure - a special time.”
Brian Gleeson, who was also in Dublin today for the launch said: “To do this with Domhnall and Brendan is going to be a lot of fun, for us and for the audience. Should be a great night in the theatre.”
Working abroad at the time of the launch and unable to be in Dublin for the announcement Domhnall Gleeson sent this message, “Thanks to Anne, Enda, and everyone at Landmark, The Agency and the Olympia who've put this together. It's everything I've ever wanted in one job; great actors who I love, a beautiful, crazy, hilarious script, tip-top director and my favourite venue in the country. I'm so proud to be doing this in Dublin with my family, and I cannot wait til January. Yeow!!!”
Enda Walsh is a multi-award-winning Irish playwright. His work has been translated into over 20 languages and has been performed internationally since 1998. His recent plays include Ballyturk, produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival (Galway, Dublin, Cork and London, 2014); Room 303, shown at the Galway International Arts Festival (2014); Misterman, produced by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival in Ireland, London and New York (2011-2012); and several plays for Druid Theatre Company, including Penelope, which has been presented in Ireland, America and London, from 2010–2011, The New Electric Ballroom, which played Ireland, Australia, Edinburgh, London, New York and LA from 2008-2009, and The Walworth Farce, which played Ireland, Edinburgh, London and New York, as well as an American and Australian tour, from 2007-2010. He won a Tony Award for writing the book for the musical Once in 2012, which is currently playing on Broadway, West End and US Tour. Film work includes Disco Pigs (Temple Films/Renaissance) and Hunger (Blast/FILM4).
Brendan Gleeson: Brendan’s latest projects are Adam Smith's Trespass Against Us with Michael Fassbender, Sarah Gavron's Suffragette with Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, and Heart of the Sea directed by Ron Howard. Other recent projects include Calvary directed by John Michael McDonagh, Stonehearst Asylum directed by Brad Anderson, Doug Liman's Edge Of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, The Grand Seduction directed by Don McKellar, and the voice of Conor in Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea, directed by Tomm Moore. He is also well-known for his role as Professor Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter films, and for his portrayal of Sergeant Gerry Boyle in John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard. Brendan was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for his role as Ken in Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges, and won an Emmy for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in HBO’s Into the Storm, directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA for this performance. He is an accomplished musician, playing the fiddle and mandolin.
Brian Gleeson: Brian’s recent credits include the feature film Tiger Raid directed by Simon Dixon, Stay directed by Wiebke Von Carolsfeld, starring Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling, Darkness On the Edge of Town directed by Patrick Ryan, Serious Swimmers (a short film directed by Andy Taylor Smith for Rankin's Collabor8 programme), and Ronan and Rob Burke’s forthcoming feature film Standby, co-starring Jessica Paré, in which he plays the lead role of Alan. Brian played Kenneth in the Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed production of Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive, which also ran at the Atlantic Theatre in New York and was named Best Play of 2013/2014 by the New York Drama Critics Circle. Other credits include Hughie in Love/Hate, Gus opposite Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, the role of Sinclair in the BBC adaptation of Benjamin Black’s Quirke series, starring Gabriel Byrne, the lead role in How To be Happy, a feature directed by Mark Gaster, Michael Rob Costine & Brian O’Neill, and Druid Theatre Company’s production of The Silver Tassie directed by Garry Hynes.
Domhnall Gleeson: Domhnall’s work onstage includes Now or Later at the Royal Court, American Buffalo at the Gate and Druid’s Well of the Saints. He received a Tony nomination for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore on Broadway. Next year he will appear onscreen in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, and John Crowley’s Brooklyn. Other credits include lead roles in Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Richard Curtis’ About Time and Tom Hall’s Sensation. He received IFTAs for appearing as Bob Geldof in When Harvey Met Bob and Levin in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. Supporting roles include John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, the Coens' True Grit, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (I & II) and Martin McDonagh’s Six Shooter. Domhnall wrote and directed the shorts Noreen and What Will Survive of Us. He co-wrote Your Bad Self and created Immatürity for Charity, sketches shot with family and friends in aid of St. Francis’ Hospice.
Leona Allen: Leona has recently graduated from the Acting & Contemporary Theatre Course at East 15 Acting School. This is her first major professional role. Recent credits include: Girls Like That (Unicorn Theatre, 2014), Enduring Song (Southwark Playhouse, 2014), Dead Grass (Arcola Theatre, 2014), Sixteen (Theatre 503, 2013), The Site (Roundhouse Theatre, 2011), Orpheus and Eurydice (Old Vic Tunnels, 2011) and Crossing the Line (Hampstead Theatre, 2010).
Sean Foley (Director): Sean Foley is an actor, writer and director. He has, uniquely, been Olivier Award nominated in all three categories. Recent credits include his Olivier Award winning production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, and the new musical comedy I Can’t Sing!(London Palladium). He has worked with Harold Pinter, Joan Rivers, and Karel Reisz, and has directed - amongst others - Peter Capaldi and Kenneth Branagh. His production of The Ladykillers (written by Graham Linehan), 2012, won five Olivier nominations, and broke box office records at the Gielgud Theatre. As co-artistic director of the right size (1988 - 2005), Sean created, co-wrote and starred in ten original comedies including, Do You Come Here Often? (Olivier Award for Best Entertainment 2000), and The Play What I Wrote (Olivier Award for Best Comedy 2002, Tony Award nomination 2003).Future projects include a revival of his debut show for the RSC, A Mad World My Masters, at The Barbican 2015; and directing a new multi-media stage and film version of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.
Landmark Productions is one of Ireland’s leading theatre producers. Led by Anne Clarke, the company, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, produces wide-ranging and ambitious work in Ireland, and tours Irish work abroad. Recent productions include the hugely successful co-production with Galway International Arts Festival of Ballyturk by Enda Walsh, starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, which played to sold-out houses in Galway, Dublin and Cork and is now running at the National Theatre London. Forthcoming productions include Mark O'Rowe's Howie the Rookie, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, which returns to the Olympia for 6 performances, from 11 -15 November 21014, before travelling to the Barbican in London and BAM Next Wave in New York, with the support of Culture Ireland. Next year will also see the return of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s Breaking Dad which, following its phenomenal run earlier this year, plays at the Cork Opera House from 9 - 14 February 2014 and returns to the Gaiety Theatre Dublin from 16 February 2015.