Gabriel Byrne’s critically acclaimed solo show, Walking with Ghosts, adapted from his best-selling 2020 memoir of the same name, will have its UK premiere at the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival from 24 to 28 August, celebrating the Festival’s 75th anniversary year.
From the award-winning Landmark Productions, Byrne’s solo performance follows his childhood in Dublin through to his major Hollywood career in seven performances at the Kings Theatre.
Walking with Ghosts tells the story of Byrne growing up on the outskirts of Dublin, where he sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home. Eventually, he turned to amateur dramatics on the advice of a friend, after failing to become a priest, and a plumber.
By turns hilarious and heart-breaking, Walking with Ghosts is a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.
Directed by three-time Emmy award-winning theatre director Lonny Price (Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, Company and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert) Walking with Ghosts’ sell-out run at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin in February 2022 marked Byrne’s first appearance on the Irish stage in 40 years.
Following the UK premiere in Edinburgh, the performance transfers to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End from 6 to 17 September, presented by Landmark, Neal Street and Playful Productions.
The creative team on the production also includes Sinéad McKenna (set and lighting designer), Joan O’Clery (costume designer) and Sinéad Diskin (sound designer).