Druid presents King of the Castle, a Eugene McCabe classic, directed by Garry Hynes at the Town Hall Theatre from 28 September to 7 October.
An unsung Irish classic, the play brought McCabe to notoriety when it premiered at the 1964 Dublin Theatre Festival amid some controversy in an Ireland where sex was still largely a taboo subject.
This is the first major revival of the production in over 30 years and sees hugely successful stage and screen actor Seán McGinley’s welcome return to Druid. Seán, an integral company member since its foundation in Galway over 40 years ago, played memorable roles over the years in productions including Waiting for Godot, Conversations on a Homecoming and Playboy of the Western World. Seána Kerslake will be familiar to many from RTÉ’s recent series, Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope and particularly for her stand out performance for the titular role in the IFTA-winning A Date for Mad Mary.
McGinley plays Scober MacAdam. Scober is king of the castle, a once glorious Big House in County Leitrim with an extensive farm.
He has a young wife, Tressa, played by Kerslake, but their marriage is childless and frustrated. When rumours threaten Scober’s pride, he concocts a plan that jeopardises all he has worked for.
“King of the Castle is very much a play of its time but the central themes still resonate today, being steeped in a world of patriarchy and religion that invades the personal and the intimate,” says Artistic Director Garry Hynes. “Staging a play with deep-rooted issues, a big cast and a demanding setting is always a challenge, but it presents another great opportunity for us to undertake a project that is ambitious and provocative.”
Directed by Garry Hynes, the production features the award-winning design team from DruidShakespeare: Francis O’Connor (design), James F. Ingalls (lighting), Greg Clarke (sound) and David Bolger (movement).
The production opens at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre before it goes to the Gaiety as part of 60th Anniversary Dublin Theatre Festival 2017.
Tickets are on sale now from www.druid.ie