Producers Landmark Productions, Neal Street and Playful Productions have today announced the West End transfer of Walking with Ghosts, writer and performer Gabriel Byrne’s acclaimed solo show adapted from his best-selling memoir, which will play a strictly limited season of just 14 performances at London’s Apollo Theatre from 6 to 17 September 2022.
Audiences are advised to book early to avoid disappointment as Walking with Ghosts will be in London for just 2 weeks before it heads to America.
The production opened at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin in February this year where it sold out and received enormous critical and public acclaim. The transfer will see Byrne making his long awaited West End debut.
As a young boy growing up on the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and a commentary on stardom in Hollywood and on Broadway, he reflects on a life’s journey.
By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Walking with Ghosts is a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.
Gabriel Byrne said:
“’It was a real joy to hear laughter in a theatre during the premiere run of Walking with Ghosts in Dublin. Although I’ve appeared several times on Broadway, I’ve always had an ambition to work on the West End stage. I’m looking forward immensely to the experience of performing at the beautiful Apollo Theatre. I’ve chosen to be honest and unflinching in the recounting of a life from working class Dublin to Hollywood. Although rooted in the local, I hope the play has a universal resonance. What I want in the theatre is to be moved to laugh … to be provoked … to be changed. I think Walking with Ghosts sets out to fulfil that.”
Directed by three-time Emmy award-winning director Lonny Price, the creative team also includes Sinéad McKenna (set and lighting designer), Joan O’Clery (costume designer) and Sinéad Diskin (sound designer).
The London performances of Walking with Ghosts are made possible by the support of Culture Ireland.