Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa

National Theatre

Josie Rourke

Wayne McGregor

Hannah Peel

Sound Design
Emma Laxton

Set and Costume Design
Robert Jones

Lighting Design
Mark Henderson

Video Design
Douglas O'Connell

Louisa Harland (Agnes), Bláithín Mac Gabhann (Rose), Siobhán McSweeney (Maggie), Justine Mitchell  (Kate), Ardal O'Hanlon (Jack), Alison Oliver (Chris), Tom Riley (Gerry) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Michael)

Premiere date and venue
6 April 2023, Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, London, UK

Josie Rourke directs a striking revival of Dancing at Lughnasa with choreography by Wayne McGregor, opening in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre in April 2023.

Brian Friel’s Olivier Award-winning play is an astonishing evocation of a family’s world on the brink of change. Set during harvest time in County Donegal, 1936, outside the village of Ballybeg, the five Mundy sisters battle poverty to raise seven-year-old Michael and care for their Uncle Jack. During the Festival of Lughnasa, Pagan and Christian meet and collide. The sisters fight, love, dance, yearn and survive.

Alongside choreography by McGregor, the revival features set and costume design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Mark Henderson, music by Hannah Peel, sound design by Emma Laxton, and video design by Douglas O’Connell.

Dancing at Lughnasa
marks McGregor's fourth collaboration with the National Theatre after his work as Choreographer on A Little Night Music (1995), Antony and Cleopatra (1998), and Fram (2008).

McGregor has also previously worked with director Rourke as Choreographer for Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse in 2019 and as Choreographer and Movement Coach on Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, in 2018.

Image: Will Douglas, courtesy of National Theatre.