The Walworth Farce – Olympia Theatre – Preview

Walworth FarceRead our Interview with Brendan and Brian Gleeson here.

Read our review of the Walworth Farce here.

Just marking your cards for early next year, as Landmark productions have managed to snare not one, not two, but three Gleesons to the stage in January of next year! It’s a production of the Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh and runs between January 14th and February 8th of next year. Full details are below or here.

Landmark Productions in association with MCD presents

The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh

Starring:  Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson

Opens 14 January 2015 (previews 10-13 January)

Olympia Theatre, Dublin for a strictly limited run

Tickets on sale: this Friday 26 September 2014 at 9am

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).

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 2014, 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.


Previews 10 – 13 January 2015

Opening Night 14 January 2015

Performances 16 January – 8 February 2015 (not 15 / 19 / 26 January or 2 February)

Evening shows at 8pm.

Saturday matinees at 3pm (17 / 24 / 31 January; 7 February)

Sunday performances at 4pm (11 / 18 / 25 January; 1 / 8 February)

Ticket prices: €20 – €55, including booking fee.  Over 11,000 tickets will be available for under €30 over the course of the run, with tickets for every performance starting at €20. A further 20 day seats at €20 for each performance will be reserved for students / unwaged, available at the Olympia Theatre box office on the day of the performance.

Booking details

Buy online www.ticketmaster.ie

Buy by phone from Republic of Ireland 0818 719 330 or from UK and NI 0844 847 24 55

Buy from all usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

In person at The Olympia Theatre Ticketmaster box office, 73 Dame Street, Dublin 2.

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