Dublin Theatre Festival

The National Theatre

The Sanctury Lamp

By Tom Murphy

Venue Abbey Theatre

Directed by Lynne Parker
Design by Blaithín Sheerin
Lighting design by Paul Keogan
Costume design by Joan O'Clery
Cast includes Sarah Jane Drummey, James Greene, Frank McCusker

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The Sanctuary Lamp

Three lost souls occupy a city church for a night - Harry, an English-born Jew and an ex-circus strongman, Francisco, an Irishman and Harry's best friend, and the waif-like Maudie. Betrayed by his best friend and wife and grieving over the death of his daughter, Harry talks to the sanctuary lamp to assuage his pain, his guilt and murderous intentions...

The Abbey Theatre will be hosting a series of special events and initiatives during the Tom Murphy season. These will include a public interview with Tom Murphy conducted by Michael Billington, and a concert of music drawn from the plays of Tom Murphy.

There will be pre-show talks and panel discussions each night except Mondays. All events to be held in the Abbey and Peacock theatres are free of charge.

 "A lyrical play about spiritual refugees. Mr Murphy writes speeches that are really arias - long rhythmic excursions that turn the language of the slums into a kind of poetry"
New York Times

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