Dublin Theatre Festival 2013: World-class drama

Waiting For Godot

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Sponsored feature: The Edinburgh Festival undoubtedly offers a smorgasbord of dramatic delights throughout August, but it seems rather cruel that theatre audiences have to go cold turkey from September onwards.

However all is not lost, as the action moves to Dublin from September 26 – October 13 for Dublin Theatre Festival, an 18-day celebration of the best of Irish and international theatre.

Waiting For Godot
[Waiting For Godot. Image credit: Elliot Erwith/Magnum]

Established in 1957, the festival is an annual event that brings together artists and audiences from Ireland and around the world for a programme of world-class theatre.

Highlights of the 2013 programme include a 60th Anniversary production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot from Gare St Lazare Players Ireland. The company are considered amongst the foremost interpreters of Beckett’s work, having performed his works across six continents to great acclaim.

Another highlight is an adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s modern classic Desire Under the Elms by Dublin’s celebrated Corn Exchange company. It promises to be a visceral, stripped down version of O’Neill’s influential portrait of the American psyche.

Theatre lovers will also find it hard to resist a lively modern take on R.B. Sheridan’s The Critic by Rough Magic, a stylish celebration of theatre across four centuries.

Just a few of the other must-see shows in this year’s programme include Tom and Vera, a darkly humorous take on the financial crisis by Irish-born artists Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor, riverrun, Olwen Fouéré’s adaptation of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, with the voice of the river which runs through the book taking centre stage, and the world premiere of The Hanging Gardens, a brand new play from Frank McGuinness, one of the country’s most important playwrights, which is billed as an unflinching portrait of an Irish family.

Throughout the festival performances take place in venues and locations across the city with dance, music family events, artist talks and public discussions complementing the main theatrical performances.

There will also be a special guest lecture with Fiona Shaw, exploring Irish identity on the world stage, as part of The Gathering Ireland Festival Symposium, a free festival event on September 28 in Trinity College.

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Dublin Theatre Festival 2013 runs from September 26 – October 13. For more details and to book tickets, visit: www.dublintheatrefestival.com.

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