The Quare Fellow follows the company’s production of Peter Flannery’s Singer and boasts a cast that includes Sean Campion, Kieran Cunningham, Nick Danan, Matthew Dunphy, Sean Gallagher, David Ganly, Jason Kavanagh, Gary Lilburn, Paul Lloyd, Christopher Logan, Patrick Lynch, Oengus MacNamara, Ciaran McIntyre, Tony Rohr, Gerard Rooney, Jay Simpson and Tom Vaughan Lawlor. Design is by David Roger, lighting by Chris Davey and sound by Fergus O’Hare. Kathy Burke, best-known for her acting work in films such as “Elizabeth” and “Nil By Mouth” and her TV turns in Harry Enfield’s comedy programs, directs. Burke is increasingly devoting time to theatre directing, having steered Kosher Harry to the Royal Court and Betty to the West End.
The show marks the 50th anniversary of the first production of The Quare Fellow in Dublin in 1954, though it was the Theatre Royal, Stratford East production two years later that helped to launch Behan’s career as a major playwright. It depicts his experiences in prison — he was arrested twice, once for carrying explosives for the IRA and once for shooting at a policeman, though his 14-year prison sentence was abbreviated thanks to a general amnesty. Two Behan’s plays, The Hostage and Borstal Boy, later made it to Broadway.
The show runs until May 8. For more information call (0)20 7328 1000.