Morse & Norton of 'The Seafarer' on 'Leonard Lopate Show' Today
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From Conor McPherson, the author of the Olivier Award-winning The Weir and the Tony-nominated Shining City, comes "a chilling new play about the sea, Ireland, and the power of myth. It's Christmas Eve and Sharky (Morse) has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, aging brother (Norton) who's recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan (Hill) and Nicky (Mahon) are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger (Hinds) from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul," explain press notes.
Two-time Olivier Award winner Conleth Hill (Stones in His Pockets, The Producers) is reprising his role as 'Ivan Curry,' which he originated at The National Theatre in London. Ciarán Hinds is best known to audiences as 'Gaius Julius Caesar' in HBO's epic drama "Rome," and Closer in the West End and on Broadway. Sean Mahon is making his Broadway debut as 'Nicky Giblin.'Drama Desk Award winner David Morse (How I Learned to Drive) is returning to New York theatre after receiving an Emmy nomination for his guest starring role in "House, M.D." Jim Norton is reprising his role as 'Richard Harkin' for which he received the 2007 Olivier Award.
The Broadway production of The Seafarer opened on Thursday, December 6 and began previews on Tuesday, October 30.
The Seafarer received its world premiere in 2006 at the National's Cottesloe Theatre, opening to critical acclaim. The Seafarer received two Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play for McPherson. Jim Norton received the Olivier for Best Performance in a Supporting Role.
The Seafarer is the latest National Theatre production to be produced on Broadway by Boyett Ostar Productions. Previous productions include Alan Bennett's Tony Award-winning The History Boys directed by NT director, Nicholas Hytner, as well as the recent productions of Coram Boy, Jumpers, Democracy, and The Pillowman.