Acting royalty unite for theatre festival
SOME of Ireland's best-known actors will come together on stage this autumn - and leading the way is Love/Hate's Tom Vaughan Lawlor.
The father-of-one, who has won an IFTA for his portrayal as criminal Kingpin Nidge in the RTE gangland show, will team up with Ciaran Hinds and Sinead Cusack as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
The trio will star in an anticipated new work by Mark O'Rowe, Our Few and Evil Days, kicking off at the Abbey Theatre on September 26. It is the first original piece playwright Mark has written since his 2007 hit show Terminus.
Tom's fellow Love/Hate cast member Ian Lloyd Anderson is also set to feature in the production.
In between filming seasons of Stuart Carolan's Love/Hate, UK-based Tom has often returned to the stage to flex his theatre muscles, while Ciaran and Sinead are stage veterans.
This year's Dublin Theatre Festival, running until October 12, offers a packed line-up including 10 world premieres.
The Gate theatre is scheduled to play host to the world premiere of a new play by Hugo Hamilton, entitled The Mariner, while the Druid will stage a double-bill of plays by Tom Murphy - Bailegangaire and a newly-written companion play, Brigit. This year will also see the first Irish language play at the festival in seven years with Irish language theatre company Fíbín Teo staging Réiltín by Paul Mercier.
Furthermore, there will be international productions on offer, with plays from Australia, Belgium, France, the UK, Germany and Chile included in the programme.
For more information and to book online, go to www.dublintheatrefestival.com.