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.
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.
Stunning revival of poignant tragicomedy
Ian Rickson's atmospheric and richly performed revival of Brian Friel's play returns to the National
Translations is a splendid show that brings the theatregoer’s attention to our words and the humanity they contain
Translations deserves its reputation as a modern classic, and this production simply enhances that notion even further
Precisely what the National Theatre was set up for - a fine play reinterpreted in a first-class manner by a magnificent team lead by a splendid director
Brian Friel's Translations, now nearly 40 years old, captures the best of humanity whilst avoiding even a teaspoon of sickly romanticism
Intricate and thoughtful but curiously uninvolving
Ian Rickson's superbly balanced production brings out the humour as well as the pathos of Friel's play
Ian Rickson's exquisitely brooding revival of Brian Friel’s masterpiece is back at the NT
Sharply funny, heart-searingly romantic, incredibly sad, and everything else inbetween