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Brian Friel

 
Date of Birth: January 09, 1929 (93)

Birth Place: IRELAND

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[Off-Broadway, 1995]
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Brian Friel Awards and Nominations

 
Evening Standard Awards - 2005 - Best Play Gold Star
Brian FrielThe Home Place
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1996 - Best Foreign Play Gold Star
Brian Friel, Molly Sweeney
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1992 - Best Play Gold Star
Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Play Gold Star
Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1991 - Outstanding New Play
Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1991 - Best Play Gold Star
Brian FrielDancing at Lughnasa
 
Olivier Awards - 1991 - BBC Award for the Play of the Year Gold Star
Brian FrielDancing At Lughnasa
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1989 - Best Foreign Play Gold Star
Brian Friel, Aristocrats
 
Evening Standard Awards - 1988 - Best Play Gold Star
Brian FrielAristocrats
 
Olivier Awards - 1981 - Play of the Year
Brian FrielTranslations
 
Tony Awards - 1969 - Best Play
Brian FrielLovers
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 1966 - Best Play
Brian Friel, Philadelphia, Here I Come!
 
Tony Awards - 1966 - Best Play
Brian Friel, Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Brian Friel News

National Theatre Announces DANCING AT LUGHNASA, DIXON AND DAUGHTERS, and More Photo National Theatre Announces DANCING AT LUGHNASA, DIXON AND DAUGHTERS, and More
by Stephi Wild - Nov 22, 2022

The National Theatre has announced three new productions for 2023 and the revival of the critically acclaimed The Father and the Assassin. A new production devised by The PappyShow will tour directly to 55 schools across England, and National Theatre Live brings The Crucible, Othello and GOOD to cinema goers around the world.

Charlotte Moore and Ciar√°n O'Reilly of The Irish Repertory Theatre, To Be Honored By Photo Charlotte Moore and Ciar√°n O'Reilly of The Irish Repertory Theatre, To Be Honored By NY Landmarks Conservancy
by Stephi Wild - Oct 25, 2022

On November 2, 2022, The New York Landmarks Conservancy will host its 29th Living Landmarks Celebration at The Plaza.  This year's honorees are Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts III, Andreas C. Dracopoulos, Marlene Hess, Earl Monroe, Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly, Faith Ringgold, and Oscar Tang. 

Winners Announced for UK Theatre Awards 2022 Photo Winners Announced for UK Theatre Awards 2022
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 23, 2022

The 2022 UK Theatre Awards winners have been revealed in a lunchtime ceremony at London's Guildhall. The biggest winner of the day was Leeds Playhouse, who won three awards including UK's Most Welcoming Theatre, Best Design for Laura Hopkins & Simon Wainwright for Dracula: The Untold Story and Best Performance in a Musical for Divina de Campo for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Acclaimed Stage Play FAITH HEALER Leads 17th Season At City Theatre Austin Photo Acclaimed Stage Play FAITH HEALER Leads 17th Season At City Theatre Austin
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 21, 2022

Acclaimed Irish playwright Brian Friel takes us across the sea to a mystical and haunting land as City Theatre Austin begins its 17th season with the celebrated play Faith Healer.

Brendan Coyle, Jolly Abraham & More to Star in THE WEIR at the Abbey Theatre Photo Brendan Coyle, Jolly Abraham & More to Star in THE WEIR at the Abbey Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 17, 2022

Rehearsals have begun for a major new production of Conor McPherson’s acclaimed 1997 play, The Weir. Directed by Abbey Theatre Artistic Director, Caitríona McLaughlin, this production will be staged at the Abbey theatre this winter.

Sheffield Theatres Announces The Newly Named Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse Photo Sheffield Theatres Announces The Newly Named Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Aug 10, 2022

Robert Hastie, Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, has announced that the venue previously known as the Studio theatre will now be named the Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse in honour of the hugely influential theatre designer that had an essential role in the creation of the Crucible complex. 

MY POLICEMAN Cast to Receive  2022 TIFF Tribute Award for Performance Photo MY POLICEMAN Cast to Receive 2022 TIFF Tribute Award for Performance
by Michael Major - Aug 8, 2022

The ensemble cast of My Policeman ‚ÄĒ Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, Gina McKee, Linus Roache, David Dawson, and Rupert Everett ‚ÄĒ will be honoured with the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance.¬†As previously scheduled, My Policeman by director Michael Grandage will have its World Premiere at this year‚Äôs Festival.

Philadelphia Premiere of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT & More Announced for Lantern Theater  Photo Philadelphia Premiere of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT & More Announced for Lantern Theater Company 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 14, 2022

Lantern Theater Company has announced its upcoming 2022/23 season, a return of live performance that will include an ambitious and eclectic mix of classic and contemporary work for the stage.

BWW Review: AWAKENINGS at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Photo BWW Review: AWAKENINGS at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - Jun 8, 2022

Dr. Oliver Sacks' best seller becomes a fascinating opera with its world premiere at Opera Theatre Saint Louis. Read the review!

Lantern Theater Company Presents Lynn Nottage's FABULATION in June Photo Lantern Theater Company Presents Lynn Nottage's FABULATION in June
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2022

Lantern Theater Company will conclude its 2021/22 Mainstage Season of live performances with the Philadelphia premiere of Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Making her Lantern directorial debut, Amina Robinson helms a cast of Philadelphia actors in a true ensemble production, with eight actors playing nearly 30 roles.

Brian Friel Videos

VIDEO: Michael Sheen Talks Performing to An Empty Old Vic Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Michael Sheen Talks Performing to An Empty Old Vic Theatre

by Stage Tube - Jan 8, 2021

James Corden connects with his friend Michael Sheen who is in quarantine in Saint Lucia awaiting clearance to resume filming 'Prodigal Son' in New York. James asks Michael about life with an impeccable beard, a beard so beautiful it's been named the best beard in the world, and Michael shares he's prepared to continue the journey with it. And Michael tells James about the experience of performing a play in an empty Old Vic.

VIDEO:  Alfred Molina Shares His Roundabout Memories of MOLLY SWEENEY Videoplay
VIDEO: Alfred Molina Shares His Roundabout Memories of MOLLY SWEENEY

by Stage Tube - Apr 10, 2020

Tony Award-winner is the latest star to join the Roundabout Off-Script series, sharing some favorite memories from his turn in David Friel's Molly Sweeney for Roundabout in 1996.

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from TACT's THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE
by Stage Tube - Sep 29, 2014

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre, the critically-acclaimed and Drama Desk nominated Off-Broadway company 'dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit,' presents the first New York revival in 30 years of The Killing of Sister George, the controversial 1964 play byFrank Marcus. The first production of the company's 22nd Season will be directed by TACT Company Member Drew Barr, who directed the company's Fall 2012 production ofBrian Friel's Lovers. Performances began at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street - between 9th & 10th Avenues) on September 23, 2014. Opening night is set for Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30pm. Performances will continue through November 1, 2014. Click below to watch highlights and go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team!

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes of Irish Rep's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK
by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2013

Off-Broadway's award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre launches its 26th season with a revival of Sean O'Casey's JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, directed by Irish Rep Artistic Director Charlotte Moore. With a cast that features, among others, J. Smith-Cameron as Juno Boyle, Ciaran O'Reilly as 'Captain' Jack Boyle, and John Keating as Joxer Daly, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK opens on Sunday, October 20th on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage of the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 West 22nd Street). Click below for a look behind the scenes!

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Highlights of DANCING AT LUGHNASA
by Stage Tube - Jun 3, 2013

Royal & Derngate's Made in Northampton season continues with the multi-award-winning Dancing At Lughnasa, by Irish playwright Brian Friel. This tender and moving yet funny play takes to the Royal stage from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June. BroadwayWorld has highlights of the show below.

STAGE TUBE: Preview MOLLY SWEENEY, Opening April 2 at The Print Room
by Stage Tube - Mar 29, 2013

The next main stage production at The Print Room - MOLLY SWEENEY by Brian Friel - is currently in previews and will open on Tuesday 2nd April, running until Saturday 27th April. Click below to watch a preview for the production!

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Brian Friel's THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY at Irish Rep
by Stage Tube - Oct 11, 2012

In the video below, check out a behind-the-scenes look at Brian Friel's THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY at The Irish Repertory Theatre. Directed by Ciar√°n O'Reilly, this limited engagement runs through November 25th only.

STAGE TUBE: Preview of Sheridan Smith in HEDDA GABLER at the Old Vic
by Stage Tube - Sep 12, 2012

Legally Blonde's Sheridan Smith will star in the Old Vic's production of HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen, in a version by Brian Friel directed by Anna Mackmin. The production opens on 12 September for a run until the 10th of Novemeber. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the show. Check out the video below.

STAGE TUBE: In Rehearsal for Irish Rep's OLIVER! With Brian Stokes Mitchell, Melissa Errico and More!
by Stage Tube - Jun 8, 2012

Off-Broadway's acclaimed Irish Repertory Theatre presents its 2012 Annual Benefit Gala, a concert performance on Broadway of Lionel Bart's OLIVER! - a glorious, Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale of 1850's London in the time of the Industrial Revolution - on Monday, June 11 at The Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) in Manhattan. Get a first look into rehearsal below!

BWW TV: Ian McDiarmid in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's TIMON OF ATHENS - Show Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2012

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) is currently presenting, William Shakespeare's rarely produced Timon of Athens, directed by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and featuring Tony Award winner Ian McDiarmid in the title role. Performed in CST's Courtyard Theater from through June 10, 2012, Gaines' production also features Sean Fortunato as Flavius, James Newcomb as Apemantus and Danforth Comins as Alcibiades. Performances began April 24, 2012. Production highlights have been released and BroadwayWorld brings you a look below!


Brian Friel Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Brian Friel written?
Brian Friel has written 18 shows including Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Playwright), The Loves of Cass McGuire (Playwright), The Mundy Scheme (Playwright), Crystal and Fox (Playwright), The Freedom of the City (Playwright), Aristocrats (Playwright), Making History (Playwright), Dancing at Lughnasa (Playwright), Wonderful Tennessee (Playwright), Molly Sweeney (Playwright), The Freedom of the City (Playwright), Give Me Your Answer, Do! (Playwright), Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Playwright), Faith Healer (Playwright), Translations (Playwright), Hedda Gabler (Adaptor), Lovers (Playwright), The Home Place (Playwright).

What awards has Brian Friel been nominated for?
Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for The Home Place , Best Foreign Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Molly Sweeney , Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Dancing at Lughnasa , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Dancing at Lughnasa , Outstanding New Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Dancing at Lughnasa , Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for Dancing at Lughnasa , BBC Award for the Play of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Dancing At Lughnasa , Best Foreign Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Aristocrats , Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for Aristocrats , Play of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Translations , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Lovers Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Best Play (Tony Awards) for Philadelphia, Here I Come! .

What awards has Brian Friel won?
Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for The Home Place, Best Foreign Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Molly Sweeney, Best Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Dancing at Lughnasa, Best Play (Tony Awards) for Dancing at Lughnasa, Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for Dancing at Lughnasa, BBC Award for the Play of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Dancing At Lughnasa Best Foreign Play (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for Aristocratsand Best Play (Evening Standard Awards) for Aristocrats.