The Last Hotel (Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera):
27 Sept - 3 Oct, OReilly Theatre
'The sheer range of Dennehy’s music is hugely impressive.' - The Guardian
'One of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre.' - The Guardian on Enda Walsh
The Last Hotel unites two of Ireland’s most fascinating artists, one of the most thrilling writers of our generation Enda Walsh (Once, The Walworth Farce, Ballyturk), and internationally acclaimed composer Donnacha Dennehy, in a new opera about life, death, duty and guilt.
As the opera begins, a man silently mops the floor – the water bloody. The hotel room he’s supposed to be preparing is not ready yet. A woman is meeting a man and his wife in the hotel’s car park. All three are nervous. Tonight there’ll be a death.
The cast includes baritone Robin Adams, sopranos Claudia Boyle and Katherine Manley and renowned Irish actor Mikel Murfi, with music performed by the 12-piece Crash Ensemble, conducted by Alan Pierson.
This hotly anticipated opera from Landmark Productions (Testament, Howie the Rookie) and Wide Open Opera (Tristan und Isolde, Nixon in China) comes to Dublin on foot of its world premiere at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival.
Contains strong language and material that some may find disturbing.
★★★★★‘Like some rare planetary alignment, 'The Last Hotel' is a mesmerising spectacle greater than the sum of its excellent, constituent parts.’ – The Examiner
★★★★ ‘darkly absorbing … a work of wide imagination, unsettling meditation and archly quotidian detail … an agitated and seductive experience’ – The Irish Times
‘a wonderful production; searing, powerful, funny, moving, mischievous, aphotic, devastating, beautiful.’
– The Irish Independent
★★★★★ ‘this extraordinary new Irish opera … thrilling’ – The Independent
★★★★ 'Donnacha Dennehy’s and Enda Walsh’s dark, intoxicating new chamber opera … a riot of post minimalism and hooley ... invites you to think with head and heart’ - The Observer
★★★★★ ‘a collaboration between prominent Irish artists which both forges new alliances and breaks new ground …Dennehy’s score … is noisy and extraordinary and played brilliantly’ – WhatsOnStage
‘gripping ... powerful evidence that opera is anything but a dead art … a red-hot theatrical experience’ - The Scotsman
Cast and Creative Team:
- Composer: Donnacha Dennehy
- Writer and Director: Enda Walsh
- Conductor: Alan Pierson
- Performers: Claudia Boyle, Robin Adams, Katherine Manley, Mikel Murfi
- Set and Costume Design: Jamie Vartan
- Lighting Design: Adam Silverman
- Sound Design: David Sheppard, Helen Atkinson
- Associate Director: Sophie Motley
- Orchestra: Crash Ensemble
The Last Hotel Trailer:
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