Following a sold-out run in 2018, Ian Rickson’s exquisite production of Brian Friel's masterpiece returns.

Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, Girl from the North Country) reprises his critically acclaimed role of patriarch and schoolmaster, Hugh, whose livelihood and culture are at risk.

Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.

Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.

'A flawless production. A culture-clash masterpiece.' Guardian

'A true modern classic.' Sunday Times

'Tremendous. A wild achievement.' Observer

'Brilliant. Poignant. Unmissable.' Time Out

The Venue

Olivier Theatre

National Theatre, Upper Ground, Lambeth, South Bank,, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX

Nearest Tube


Nearest Train

Waterloo, Waterloo East

Running Time

2hr 30min (inc. 30min interval)

Booking Dates

First Performance

Saturday 19th October 2019

Last Performance

Wednesday 18th December 2019