Photos: In Rehearsal for FAITH HEALER At Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

This major new revival features one of Ireland’s most respected stage actors Declan Conlon reuniting with director Rachel O’Riordan.

By: Feb. 22, 2024
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Take a first look inside the rehearsal room of Faith Healer written by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Brian Friel and directed by the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s Artistic Director, Rachel O’Riordan. 

This major new revival features one of Ireland’s most respected stage actors Declan Conlon, playing Frank, who is also reuniting with director Rachel O’Riordan after previously working together on Come on Home (Abbey Theatre, Dublin). Declan is joined by Nick Holder, playing Teddy (Assassins at Chichester Festival Theatre) and Justine Mitchell, whose work includes Dancing at Lughnasa (National Theatre), Channel 4 hit series Derry Girls and Sally Rooney’s Conversation with Friends (BBC), who is playing Grace.  

Voted in the Independent’s top 40 plays of all time, Faith Healer is regarded as a modern classic, interrogating truth and identity with skilful stage mastery. Rachel O’Riordan’s direction of Faith Healer follows recent triumphs Iphigenia in Splott (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre) and Romeo & Julie (National Theatre), of which the former was voted as The Guardian’s top theatre show of 2022. Faith Healer is playing at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre from 14 March – 13 April, with opening night for press on 20 March.

Faith Healer is designed by Colin Richmond, the lighting design is by Paul Keogan, composition and sound design is by Anna Clock, and casting by Sophie Parrott CDG.

Trawling through the remote and lonely villages of Ireland, Wales and Scotland is, The Fantastic Frank Hardy, who for one night only promises miracle cures for the sick and the suffering. He might just be more showman than shaman but… the promise of the impossible is irresistible.

But it’s Frank’s shapeshifting gift and proclamations that bring him into conflict with his wife Grace and manager Teddy. As they each recount their lives together, they unveil a well of fractured memories.

Brian Friel’s play Faith Healer has spellbinding allure, and powerful stage mystery; it has thrilled audiences across the world since it first opened on Broadway in 1979.

Tickets to Faith Healer are on sale now at


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