Dublin Theatre Festival unveils 2012 line-up

Michael Quinn

Ireland’s capital city is to be the focus of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival, the first to be programmed by artistic director Willie White.

Celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2012, the 18-day-long event will showcase new work from many leading and emerging Irish theatre companies, as well as hosting internationally renowned companies from the UK, Belgium and the United States.

Taking its theme as “Your City, Your Stories”, Ireland’s largest theatre event will open with a new adaptation of James Joyce’s Dubliners co-produced by the festival and The Corn Exchange, a new play by Emma Donoghue inspired by the life of the writer Maeve Brennan, and the only appearance in the capital of Druid Theatre Company’s acclaimed three-show celebration of the work of Tom Murphy.

Other Irish offerings will include a re-working of King Lear by Pan Pan, the debut play by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy directed by Peter Sheridan, and two productions from the Abbey Theatre: The Picture of Dorian Gray, adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett, and the premiere of Stewart Parker Trust award-winner Gary Duggan’s “modern-day look at life in a multi-cultural Dublin”, Shibari.

New Irish opera company Wide Open Opera will also present Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in a production that originated with Welsh National Opera.

International visitors include a version of Hamlet by The Wooster Group on its first visit to Ireland and the return of Elevator Repair Service, both from the United States, a new show by the Belgian iconoclast Miet Warlop and, from the UK, productions by Forced Entertainment and Fuel and Inua Ellams, with its 2009 Scotsman Fringe First Award-winning The 14th Tale.

A series of family and school-oriented shows will also be presented in association with city-centre venue The Ark, as well as a full programme of debates, talks and film screenings.

The festival opens on September 27 and runs until October 14. Full details are available at www.dublintheatrefestival.com

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