Brendan at the Chelsea, Lyric Belfast

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Directed by Adrian Dunbar
A Lyric Theatre Production
Set & Costume Designer Stuart Marshall
Lighting Designer James C McFetridge

About the Production

Adrian Dunbar plays Brendan Behan in this warm and funny drama of an Irish national treasure. This Lyric Theatre Belfast production opened the Naughton Studio in 2011 to great acclaim and is being revived for an international tour, starting at the Acorn Theatre in New York for a limited run.

It is 1960s New York in legendary bohemian bolt hole, The Chelsea Hotel. Arthur Miller is just across the hall and the symphony of 24th Street is rising up and in through the open window of Brendan Behan's room. He is broke, hung over and way past the delivery date of his latest book, the first line of which he is yet to write. He was told to stop drinking or he'd be dead in six months – that was two years ago.

Today is not going well. His mistress keeps ringing, the bills aren't paid and a wire arrives from Dublin with the kind of news that's guaranteed to put his blood pressure through the roof…

The Cast

Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson

Samantha Pearl

Samantha Pearl

Pauline Hutton

Pauline Hutton

Richard Orr

Richard Orr

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