A message from Druid’s director Garry Hynes:
“Something big is happening in Letterkenny this summer and we want to make sure you know about it: DruidShakespeare tours to An Grianán from 3rd – 6th June. The production is not only one of our most ambitious undertakings ever, it also marks our fortieth year making theatre!
“Druid has toured the length and breadth of the country, and all over the world. Our relationship with Donegal goes back to 1983 when we brought M.J. Molloy’s Wood of the Whispering to Ballyshannon and Ballybofey. Over the next twenty years we performed regularly throughout the county, from Buncrana to Aranmore, and in recent years, An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny has provided us with a home away from home. In 2013 we staged DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy at An Grianán, and now DruidShakespeare heads north to celebrate the mastery of the bard in our fortieth year.
“Mark O’Rowe, one of Ireland’s most exciting writers, has condensed four Shakespeare plays – Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V – in this new action-packed adaptation for Druid. The production features an exceptional cast, including some of Ireland’s most acclaimed actors: Clare Barrett, Derbhle Crotty, Gavin Drea, Bosco Hogan, Garrett Lombard, Karen McCartney, Charlotte McCurry, Aaron Monaghan, Marie Mullen, Rory Nolan, John Olohan, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea. You can expect singing, thrilling dramatic moments and a rousing parade of characters including one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic creations, Falstaff.
“I hope you will join us for this epic theatrical event, and help us celebrate forty fantastic years producing and touring theatre.”