Matthew Broderick is set to star in The Seafarer at the Irish Repertory Theatre
Irish Repertory Theatre presents an off-Broadway revival of Conor McPherson's Tony-nominated play The Seafarer from March 30, 2018.
Two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick is set to return to the Irish Repertory Theatre to star in an off-Broadway revival of Conor McPherson's The Seafarer, which begins previews on March 30 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage, before an official opening on April 18 and a limited run through to May 13, 2018.
Mr. Broderick debuted at the Irish Rep in the 2016 production of Shining City, also written by McPherson. He is perhaps best known for his role as Leo Bloom in the Broadway production and subsequent film adaptation of Mel Brooks' The Producers, as well as his Tony Award-winning performances in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Brighton Beach Memoirs, and playing the title role in cult film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". He also voiced the role of Simba in Disney's "The Lion King" and recently starred in Fox's "A Christmas Story Live!"
The complete cast of The Seafarer includes Matthew Broderick (as Lockhart), Colin McPhillamy (as Richard), Michael Mellamphy (as Ivan), Andy Murray (as Sharky), and Tim Ruddy (as Nicky).
Synopsis: "After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to Dublin to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it’s Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky’s past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence."
Under the direction of Ciarán O’Reilly, the creative team features scenic design by Charlie Corcoran, lighting design by Brian Nason, costume design by Martha Halley, sound design by Ryan Rumery & M. Florian Staab, and original music by Ryan Rumery.
The Seafarer originally premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2006, earning an Olivier Award nomination for "Best Play". The 2007 Broadway transfer went on to receive a total of four Tony Award nominations, including "Best Play".
Meanwhile, Irish Rep's current production of Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs, starring Colin Campbell & "Harry Potter" star Evanna Lynch, has been extended through to March 4, 2018.