Watch an old man trying to battle his past, and unable to face a future that he is terrified of. Cyprus Avenue is a black comedy that traces the story of a Belfast Loyalist, Eric Miller who believes his past has returned to haunt him.
Why Watch Cyprus Avenue
Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland is considered to be one of the most momentous plays of our time. It has won the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in 2017, and the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play. After having sold out at its debut at Royal Court, and multiple transfers to Dublin, Belfast and New York, Cyprus Avenue is back for a limited run. It also features Stephen Rea, the Irish actor, reprise his award-winning role as Eric Miller. He won the award for Irish Times Best Actor and is here to showcase his skill once again. David Ireland’s use of humor, pathos and violence in the play is spectacular to witness, and is one of the highlights of this gripping black-comedy. The confluence of lunacy and laughter is exactly what sets it apart from other works, making it one of the best dark-humour plays to have come out in recent years.
Cyprus Avenue is a highly disturbing and preposterous black comedy. We first meet the protagonist, Eric Miller, in a session with his psychologist, Bridget. Eric is a Belfast Loyalist and an old man. He has already formed unshakable opinions, and refuses to He believes that his cultural heritage is being attacked. He despises homosexuals, blacks and most of all, Catholics. Despite his family urging him to live in the present and forget the past, Eric is unmoved. He is sure that his past has returned to haunt him in a very real manner. Deathly afraid of his future, and unable to run from his past, the demented old man agonises over his identity. Eric is certain that his 5-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams, the former Sinn Fein leader. Unable to understand why none of his family can see his version of the truth, a dark story unfolds that is filled with humour and madness.
Lovers of black comedy | Lovers of shocking stories
Know Before You Go
Guests under the age of 14 will not be permitted entry.
The Royal Court Theater has a seating capacity 389, over two levels.
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Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.
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London, UK, Royal Court Theatre, London