The Old Vic is to retain its in-the-round structure after the enormously successful The Norman Conquests finishes on 20 December, the news coming as the theatre announces new shows for 2009. Next year’s shows will a revival of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa is also planned, and it will star singer Andrea Corr in her stage debut.
Dancing at Lughnasa was first staged at Dublin’s Abbey theatre in 1990, transferring to the Royal National’s Lyttelton a year later, eventually reaching Broadway in 1992 where it one the Tony award for Best Play. The touching and emotive story of love and changes of a family in a small Donegal town in the 1930’s was also adapted into a hit film in 1997 starring Meryl Streep, Kathy Burke and Rhys Ifans.
Known for her role as lead singer in her family band the Corrs, and perhaps for her brief solo recording career, Andrea has also dabbled in acting with such film credits as Evita, The Commitments, The Boys from County Clare, The Bridge and Broken Thread. This will be her first stage role and she will star alongside fellow Irish actress Niamh Cusack.
Published: 19/11/2008 16:34:15