A Royal Court Theatre and Abbey Theatre production
After its original sold-out run at the Royal Court and transfers to The Public Theatre, New York, Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and The MAC Belfast; David Ireland’s black comedy Cyprus Avenue returned to the Royal Court for a limited five-week run.
“Gerry Adams has disguised himself as a new-born baby and successfully infiltrated my family home.”
Eric Miller is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams.
His family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.
The story of one man struggling with the past and terrified of the future.
“Without prejudice we’re nothing! If we don’t discriminate, we don’t survive!”
Directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, original cast member Stephen Rea will reprise the role of Eric Miller, for which he won Best Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2017.
Cyprus Avenue won Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and James Tait Black Prize for Drama in 2017.
The Big Idea: Post-show talk | Wed 20 Mar
Writer David Ireland in conversation with the Royal Court Agitators. This event is free.
The original production of Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court in 2016 was supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor-advised fund of the London Community Foundation.
“David Ireland’s shocking new play balances humour and horror, with Stephen Rea superb”
Susannah Clapp, Observer Read full review
"Mr. Rea is astonishing, in one of the defining performances of his career."
Ben Brantley, New York Times
"A bruising play, touched by brilliance."
Fergus Morgan, Time Out Read full review
“Stephen Rea is riveting”
Michael Billington, The Guardian Read full review
“Lingers in the mind long after its final act. Sharp and engaging.... Unmissable.”
Peter Crawley l The Irish Times Read full review
Dominic Cavendish l The Daily Telegraph Read full review
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm
Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 23 Feb)
Audio Described: Sat 9 Mar, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)
Captioned: Tue 12 Mar, 7.30pm
Running time: approx. 1hr 40mins, with no interval
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Age Guidance: 14+
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