Aristocrats

Aristocrats

3.4 (10) · Contemporary

by Brian Friel

Overview

Ballybeg Hall once played host to grand balls, musical evenings, tennis parties: its rooms busy, bursting with painters, poets and politicians. And presiding over all of it, the imposing figure of Judge O’Donnell.

Now, on the eve of a wedding, the O’Donnell children return to their ancestral home to find that the rot has set in.

Lyndsey Turner returns to the Donmar following Faith Healer and Philadelphia, Here I Come! to direct Brian Friel’s haunting play about a generation whose past threatens to obliterate its future.

Critic reviews

Brian Friel's stock has certainly been soaring this summer. First, the superlative Translations at the National; now this

· The Independent

I was particularly taken with David Dawson as Casimir, the wayward, rather fey only boy of the family, who admirably controlled the wilder eccentricities of the character

· The Telegraph

Compelling and powerful story of life in decay

· Evening Standard

Lyndsey Turner directs a beautiful revival of Brian Friel’s drama

· Time Out

A once-grand Irish family faces an uncertain future in Brian Friel’s absorbing play

· Financial Times

This portrait of a dysfunctional Irish family is elegant, eloquent and moving

· The Times

Sleepy production of Brian Friel’s 1979 play never quite manages to move beyond being a fascinating lesson in Irish history

· The Stage

This overly abstract production is lifted by first-rate performances in an engrossing tale of decaying culture and rocky relationships

· The Guardian

Despite the freshness of her approach, a kind of pensive minimalism, Turner’s cast never really master the delicate music of Friel’s text

· Arts Desk

David Dawson is particularly impressive as Casimir, all restless hands and anxious eyes and Eileen Walsh finds a resonant calmness as Judith

· WhatsOnStage

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Date & time

Show ended
Thu 2 Aug - Sat 22 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

41 Earlham St, Seven Dials WC2H 9LX London, UK · Get Directions
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