Following sell-out runs at The Public Theater, New York, Ireland’s Abbey Theatre, TheMAC Belfast and the Royal Court Theatre, London, David Ireland’s critically-acclaimed black comedy Cyprus Avenue will return to the Royal Court for a limited four week run from 14 February to 16 March 2019 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.
Stephen Rea, who won Best Actor for his portrayal of Eric Miller at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2017, will return with the production. Further cast to be announced.
Directed by Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone, Cyprus Avenue won Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and James Tait Black Prize for Drama in 2017. Also in the creative team are set and costume designer Lizzie Clachan, lighting designer Paul Keogan and sound designer David McSeveney.
Cyprus Avenue takes one man’s identity crisis to the limits to uncover the modern day complexity of Ulster Loyalism.
Eric is a Belfast Loyalist. He believes his five-week-old granddaughter is Gerry Adams. His family keeps telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.
The production, which was previously in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, transfers to the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs where the space will be reconfigured to include onstage seating. Cyprus Avenue is a Royal Court Theatre and Abbey Theatre production.