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Translations

4.7

A powerful account of nationhood, Translations, Ian Rickson's exquisite production of Brian Friel's moving masterpiece returns to West End after a sold-out run in 2018.

Why Watch Translations

Translations, playing at the National Theatre from 15th October to 18th October, is written masterfully by Brian Friel and sheds light on the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland. The show returns to West End after a critically and commercially acclaimed run in 2018 and features the same cast. Leading the cast is Ciaran Hinds (Girl from the North Country) returning to his critically acclaimed role as schoolmaster and patriarch, Hugh, who stands against external threats to his livelihood and culture. Translations is directed by Ian Rickson with set design by Rae Smith.

The Story

Set in 19th century Ireland, Translations begins with the arrival of British soldiers to a small Gaelic Community. The soldiers are on a mission to conduct an ordnance survey with the intention of replacing Gaelic names with English, but find it difficult to overcome the language barrier. Amongst them is Owen, the prodigal son, returning to rural Donegal from Dublin. This modern classic focuses on the rocky relationship between England and Ireland while focusing on one quiet community. Funny in parts, Translations tackles a universal problem affecting the human condition.

Good for

Drama enthusiasts

Critics Review

"Brilliant. Poignant. Unmissable." - Time Out

"A flawless production, A culture-clash masterpiece." - Guardian

"A true modern classic" - Sunday Times

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Closing Date: 18 Dec, 2019

Show Timings

Monday 7:30 PM
Tuesday 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Wednesday 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 PM
Friday 7:30 PM
Saturday 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Leading Roles
Dermot Crowley
Ciaran Hinds
Seamus O'Hara
Judith Roddy
Rufus Wright
Jack Bardoe
Liadan Dunlea

Directed By
Ian Rickson

Music
Stephen Warbeck

Additional Info

Duration
2h 30min with a 30min interval

Available Facilities
Guide dogs permitted
Audio described performances
Free cast lists
Bars and cafe
Wheelchair accessible

Seating
The Olivier Theatre has a seating capacity of 1159 patrons

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly

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Cancellation Policy

All West End show tickets are non-refundable.

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Mijn kaartjes

You will get an email confirmation with your Translations voucher. Please display the same on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID.

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