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Closed December 18, 2019

A flawless production. A culture-clash masterpiece.

The Guardian

Why See Translations?


The National Theatre brings back their exquisite revival of Brian Friel's modern classic following it's sell-out success last year. 

Starring Ciaran Hinds and Fra Free and directed by Ian Rickson, Translations transports us to Donegal in 1833 where a team of English soldiers set out to trace the area for the first Ordnance Survey Map, in the process replacing the traditional Irish place names with standardised English. What begins as an administrative effort soon becomes a battle of culture and community, mirroring the fraught tension between the two countries. Leading the soldiers is prodigal son Owen, returned from Dublin, fancying himself a cosmopolitan, much to the disappointment of his father Hugh, the local schoolmaster. 

Said by Friel to be a play about language, Translations is much more, a vital portrait of an age-old struggle.

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Opening night: 15 October 2019

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

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