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Published on May 19th, 2010 | by Niamh


Bookworms at the Abbey Theatre

Bookworms is a new play by playwright Bernard Farrell coming to the Abbey Theatre in June. It is centred around an all-female book club and their decision to allow men join them for a change-they invite their husbands to join them one evening.

Their daily lives spill over into the opinions of the book, suspicions are roused and it sounds like all hell might just break loose! In particular Larry, an out-of-work builder, and Robert, a banker, are struggling.

Farrell is an incredibly accomplished writer-he’s won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, The Sunday Tribune Comedy of the Year Award, the Best Irish Production Award in the 1996 Dublin Theatre Festival and, in 1998, Kevin’s Bed was nominated as best Irish Play in the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards.

He is a member of Aosdána, was Writer-in-Association with the Abbey Theatre and from 1997 to 2004, served on the Board of Directors of the Abbey Theatre and this is his twenty first stage play, his eleventh to debut on the Abbey stage.

The cast sounds wonderful including names like Phelim Drew (always a pleasure to watch), Deirdre Donnelly, Karen Egan, Liz Fitzgibbon, Louis Lovett, Michael Glen Murphy and Marion O’Dwyer.

Bookworms sounds hugely entertaining and I am really looking forward to seeing it, the Abbey suits this type of play so well. It will run from 1 June until 10 July with previews 22 – 31 May and you can read more about booking information on the Abbey website.

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