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Translations starring Ciarán Hinds makes a comeback at the National Theatre.
Translations 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
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  • date_range Oct 19, 2019 → Dec 18, 2019
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  • access_time 2hr 30min (inc. 30min interval)
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Rated 4.3 out of 5 (28 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Oct 21, 2019

    Outstanding production of a masterpiece.

  • Review Avatar Oct 24, 2019

    ok but not the best thing I have seen at the national

  • Review Avatar Oct 25, 2019

    Mesmerising performance excellent stage set and unique programme - with insightful information - unlike most theatre programmes.

  • Review Avatar Oct 25, 2019

    An excellent production of a wonderful play. The ensemble led by Ciaran Hands were perfect. It was a production that didn’t put a foot wrong. Ian Rickson’s direction was detailed and revelatory. The set and in particular the lighting gave us a sense of space outside the rickety old schoolhouse. In fact they symbolised Ireland itself. What a remarkable play by Brian Friel and what a remarkable production,

  • Review Avatar Oct 27, 2019

    Excellent and very thought provoking.

  • Review Avatar Oct 29, 2019

    An electric, unforgettable performance!

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    Interesting, challenging and brilliantly acted.

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    Diction from some of the actors was not good. Difficult to hear. Disappointing overall. Wonderful music.

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    A hugely important play that documents the history of my home land of Donegal whilst weaving an endearing story about the characters.

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    Brilliant - from the seamless booking and collection. To the outstanding sterling performances. An afternoon to remember•

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    Excellent, wonderful performance, lovely venue.

  • Review Avatar Dec 1, 2019

    What a brilliant portrayal of the how ireland and its people were trying to be changed by the British

  • Review Avatar Dec 3, 2019

    Difficult to hear. Better suited to smaller theatre?

  • Review Avatar Dec 4, 2019

    Very good production

  • Review Avatar Dec 4, 2019

    Sadly to non Irish some of the actors were difficult to understand and the overall audioability of nearly all the actors was poor

  • Review Avatar Dec 4, 2019

    Excellent production and interesting theme. Found the end slightly anticlimactic BUT it is an amazing production - great to see a big stage!

  • Review Avatar Dec 6, 2019

    The production was good overall and the acting excellent. I thought the director could have been more imaginative with both lighting and scene changes (sadly lacking). I thought the play would have been enhanced by some evocative Irish music which was noticeable by its absence.

  • Review Avatar Dec 11, 2019

    The play was excellent. The actors were good. The play was about Irish History. The story was interesting. The stage had a simple lay out. The play sometimes had long conversation. Mixed with good humour. Definitely worth a watch.

  • Review Avatar Dec 12, 2019

    Exceptional production. Not a weak performance from anyone.

  • Review Avatar Dec 14, 2019

    Powerful and poignant