Legendary Rosaleen Linehan returns to the stage

One of Ireland’s greatest actors, Rosaleen Linehan will be returning to the stage this month, in the world premiere of Woyzeck in Winter for the Galway International Arts Festival.

From Thursday of this week, 13 July, Linehan will be performing in the Black Box Theatre as part of Galway International Arts Festival.

Woyzeck in Winter is an electrifying fusion of two masterpieces: Büchner’s Woyzeck and Schubert’s Die Winterreise.  The production stars Patrick O’Kane and Camille O’Sullivan, and a cast of extraordinary Irish actors – including the legendary Rosaleen Linehan.  This production will see Rosaleen share the stage with her son Conor Linehan, the musical director of the piece, who will perform live at each performance.  The show opens with Rosaleen’s spine-tingling rendition of The Hurdy-Gurdy Man.

Rosaleen’s illustrious career has included many memorable moments on stage and screen including her role in Dancing at Lughnasa, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway. A renowned actor and comedienne, her theatre credits include: Gesa in Liolà directed by Richard Eyre (National Theatre); Mrs Mallins in The Dead directed by Joe Dowling (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Nell in Endgame directed by Alan Stanford (The Gate, Dublin & USA Tour); Mag Folan in Beauty Queen of Leenane directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins  (Young Vic); Breda in New Electric Ballroom directed by Enda Walsh (Druid Theatre Company);  Mother in Blood Wedding directed by Rufus Norris (Almeida); Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night  directed by Karel Reisz (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Winnie in Happy Days directed by Karel Reisz (Gate/Almeida/Barbican/Lincoln Center); Madame Pernelle in Tartuffe directed by Joe Dowling (Roundabout, NY); Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers directed by Gary Gisselman (Guthrie, Minneapolis); Kathleen Behan in Mother of All the Behans directed by Peter Sheridan (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Aunt Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa directed by Patrick Mason (Abbey/National Theatre/Phoenix/Plymouth, NY); Bessie Burgess in The Plough and the Stars directed by Joe Dowling (Guthrie, Minneapolis);  Bailegangaire directed by James McDonald (Royal Court) Madame Arcadia in Blithe Spirit directed by Joe Dowling (The Gate, Dublin & Guthrie); Mrs Malaprop in The Rivals directed by John David (The Gate, Dublin); Hesione Hushabye in Heartbreak House directed by Patrick Mason amd Season’s Greetings (The Gate).

Rosaleen’s musical theatre credits include:  Juno (NY City Center); The Dead (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre); Gypsy (Gaiety, Dublin); Mary Makebelieve (The Gate) and composing credits include Mary Makebelieve (Abbey Theatre & Gate Theatre); Speak of the Devil (Olympia); Streets of Dublin (Tivoli); The Musical Revues (With Des Keogh and Peter O’Brien Quartet); Twelfth Night – Feste’s Songs (The Gate Theatre).

On film and TV, roles have included Ernestine & Kit as Kit Stigma Films; Moone Boy (Baby Cow Productions); Sharpe’s Gold (ITV); Flat Lake (Flat Lake Productions); Happy Days (Blue Angel Films); The Butcher Boy (Butcher Boy Productions); About Adam (Venus Productions); The Hi Lo Country (Working Title); Mad About Mambo (Ormerod Ltd); The Assasins; Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Happy Days (Beckett Film Project); Snakes and Ladders (Livia Films); Grushko as Lena Grushko, D: Tony Smith (BBC); Suddenly Last Summer as Sister Felicity, D: Richard Eyre (BBC).

Woyzeck in Winter, presented by Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival will premiere at the Black Box Theatre, Galway as part of 40th Galway International Arts Festival on Monday 17 July 2017 (runs from 13 – 23 July), then go on to play Barbican Theatre, London, Wednesday 13–Saturday 16 September 2017 and the Gaiety Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival, Tuesday Oct 3 – Sunday Oct 8 2017.

Woyzeck and Die Winterreise were written within ten years of each other – the twenty-four songs of Die Winterreise in 1827, the twenty-four scenes of the play in 1836 – by troubled geniuses, both of whom died young. Thrillingly re-imagined by Conall Morrison and a leading creative team, this daring new production will be sung in English.

Woyzeck – a poor soldier – earns extra money for his family through menial jobs and participation in bizarre medical experiments. Brutalised by society and consumed with jealousy, he is driven to the far side of alienation and despair – and finally to a desperate, violent act.

Exploiting the uncanny similarities between these two dark masterworks, adaptor and director Conall Morrison draws on Schubert’s sublime music to illuminate the inner landscape of Woyzeck’s tortured mind. With the startling story set amid a terrain of broken pianos (the set design is by Jamie Vartan), vivid scenes flow seamlessly into raw, passionate songs, translated into English by Stephen Clark.
The phenomenal Irish cast also includes such outstanding actor-singers as Stephen Brennan, Peter Coonan, Susannah De Wrixon, Rory Nolan, Shane O’Reilly and Barry McGovern.

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