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DruidShakespeare Goes To America | Shakespeare in Ireland

By July 6, 2015 No Comments
(l-r) Charlotte McCurry as Peto, Clare Barrett as Bardolph, Rory Nolan as Falstaff, and Aisling O'Sullivan as Hal. Photo by Matthew Thompson.

(l-r) Charlotte McCurry as Peto, Clare Barrett as Bardolph, Rory Nolan as Falstaff, and Aisling O’Sullivan as Hal. Photo by Matthew Thompson.

This is part of an ongoing series of regional Shakespeare coverage. This is Emer here this week with the latest in Shakespeare news in Ireland. 

Where Shakespeare and Ireland is concerned, Druid Theatre Company’s DruidShakespeare has been dominating the discourse over the last few months. And for good reason. After completing a successful, critically-acclaimed tour of Ireland (starting at the home of the company, the Mick Lally Theatre, and finishing down south in Skibbereen Town Hall in Cork), Druid are taking the show to New York, where it will play at the Lincoln Center from 7th-19th July as part of the Center’s annual festival.

To mark this, Fordham University’s Institute of Irish Studies is collaborating with Druid, NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, and the Irish Arts Center to hold a one-day symposium which will explore the relationship between Shakespeare and Ireland, rooting  DruidShakespeare  within this context. It’ll feature contributions from artistic director Garry Hynes, ensemble member Derbhle Crotty (who plays Henry IV in the production), and playwright Mark O’Rowe, who adapted the Histories for Druid’s stage, as well as other speakers talking about aspects of Irish history and theatre. (Statement of interest: I happen to be one of those speakers–ahem!–but that shouldn’t stop you from going.)

More information on the day is here. It’s free to attend, as well. Oh, and if you happen to be in New York, see the show. Or if you still happen to be on the other side of the Atlantic, you can still see it at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August (notable, seeing as Richard II stayed in Kilkenny during his Irish campaign). More information can be found here.

Emer McHugh

Author Emer McHugh

Emer McHugh is an Irish Research Council-funded doctoral researcher at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway. Her doctoral research focuses on Shakespearean performance in Ireland 1969-2016, and she is generally interested in the history of Shakespeare in performance and culture; early modern performance studies; audience/reception studies; modern and contemporary Irish theatre; and theatre history and historiography.

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