Walking With Ghosts
Performed at the apollo Theatre between 06 Sep, 2022 and 17 Sep, 2022
Walking with Ghosts
Written and performed by Gabriel Byrne
Directed by Lonny Price
‘This enthralling show is one of Gabriel Byrne’s greatest achievements.’
‘An effortless masterclass in storytelling’
‘One of Ireland’s finest performers at his best. A master of his craft’
Legendary actor Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, In the Name of the Father, Miller’s Crossing) makes his West End debut with a strictly limited 14 performances of his acclaimed solo show directed by three-time Emmy Award winner Lonny Price
‘Gabriel Byrne is on spellbinding form’
Moving between childhood memories of an Ireland that has almost vanished, to a commentary on Hollywood and Broadway stardom, Walking with Ghosts is by turns hilarious and heart-breaking, and a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.
‘Byrne’s charisma is captivating throughout’
‘A beautiful writer and wonderful physical comedian’
A Landmark production
presented by Neal Street and Playful Productions
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WRITER / PERFORMER
Gabriel Byrne started his acting career with Ireland’s renowned Focus Theatre and Project Arts Centre. He later joined London’s Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, where he played leading roles before moving to the United States.
Byrne has worked with some of cinema’s leading directors, including the Coen Brothers, Wim Wenders, Costa Gavras, Jim Jarmusch, Ken Loach, John Boorman, David Cronenberg and Bryan Singer. He has starred in more than 80 feature films including Excalibur, Miller’s Crossing, Into the West, The Point of No Return, Little Women, Spider, The Usual Suspects, Dead Man, The End of Violence, The Man in the Iron Mask, Vanity Fair, Jindabyne and Wah-Wah.
On Broadway, he received a Tony Award nomination for his performance in Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten. He won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his performance in another O’Neill play, A Touch of the Poet. In 2016, he starred opposite Jessica Lange in O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. For his performance as James Tyrone, Gabriel received Best Actor nominations from the Tony Awards and Outer Critics Circle.
His television credits include Vikings, Quirke, Secret State (Channel 4) and Weapons of Mass Distraction (HBO). He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for In Treatment at the 60th and 61st Emmy Awards. In 2008, he received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series for the same role.
In 2019, Byrne was honoured by IFTA with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021, he received the IFTA Best Actor Award for his latest film, Death of a Ladies’ Man.
On Broadway, Lonny Price directed Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, 110 in the Shade, Master Harold… and the Boys, Sally Marr and Her Escorts (co-written with Joan Rivers and Erin Sanders), Urban Cowboy, A Class Act (Tony Award nominated for Best Book of a Musical, co-written with Linda Kline), and Scotland PA, which had its world premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre in 2019.
West End credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, as well as Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha, all for English National Opera.
Film and television credits include his film version of the New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd and Company. He also directed the stage and filmed versions of his tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert! (Emmy Award). Other Philharmonic collaborations include the ‘Live From Lincoln Center’ broadcast of Camelot, Candide, Sweeney Todd (Emmy Award), and Sondheim’s Passion (Emmy Award). Additional television credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for HBO, as well as episodes of 2 Broke Girls, Desperate Housewives and The Jack and Triumph Show. For his first feature, Master Harold … and the Boys, he received a Best Director Award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
His documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened premiered at the New York Film Festival and was named one of New York Times’ Top 10 Films of 2016, and his other documentary Hal Prince: The Director’s Life (PBS) was also released to critical acclaim.
SET AND LIGHTING DESIGNER
Sinéad McKenna is an internationally renowned designer working across theatre, opera, dance and film. She has won two Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for Best Lighting Design and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Lighting Design for a Musical.
Her previous designs for Landmark Productions include Walking with Ghosts (set and lighting), Straight to Video, The Approach (set and lighting), Asking for It, Howie the Rookie, Greener, October, The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger and Blackbird.
Other designs include Faith Healer, Drama at Inish, The Unmanageable Sisters, Othello, Aristocrats, The Plough and the Stars, The Burial at Thebes (Abbey Theatre); Demos (Liz Roche Company); Angela’s Ashes The Musical (Bord Gáis Energy Theatre/tour); Teenage Dick (Donmar Warehouse); Watt (Ireland/international tour); Parade (Théâtre du Châtelet); Insane Animals (Home); Once Upon a Bridge (set and lighting), Epiphany, Furniture (Druid); The Tales of Hoffman, Griselda, La Bohème (Irish National Opera); The Children, Beginning, Assassins, The Beckett/Pinter/Friel Festival, Private Lives, Juno and the Paycock, A Month in the Country (Gate Theatre); Famished Castle, Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Improbable Frequency, The Parker Project, Life is a Dream and Attempts on Her Life (Rough Magic).
Sinéad has designed for many other major Irish companies including Fishamble, CoisCéim, Gúna Nua, Decadent, Gare Saint Lazare, Corn Exchange, Thisispopbaby, Siren, Second Age, Performance Corporation and Semper Fi.
Joan O’Clery is a costume designer working in both stage and screen. She is a three-time winner of Best Costume Design at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards and has been nominated three times for Best Costume Design at the Irish Film and Television Awards. She has originated the costumes for several world premieres by major Irish writers including Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Marina Carr and Frank McGuinness.
Recent theatre credits include The Saviour and The Approach (Landmark Productions); Medicine and Woyzeck in Winter (Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival); Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe); Macbeth, She Stoops to Conquer (Royal Shakespeare Company); An Enemy of the People and The Little Foxes (Gate Theatre); DruidMurphy (Druid); Faith Healer, She Stoops to Conquer and The Unmanageable Sisters (Abbey Theatre).
Her screen work includes the television series Kin and Finding Joy (RTÉ). Feature film credits include Dating Amber, King of the Travellers, Swansong, Snap, Out of Innocence, I, Dolours, Rose Plays Julie, and The Delinquent Season.
Opera credits include The First Child and The Second Violinist (Landmark Productions and Irish National Opera); Madama Butterfly (Irish National Opera); and La Traviata (ENO).
SOUND DESIGNER AND COMPOSER
Sinéad Diskin is a sound designer and composer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is a graduate of the SEEDS programme with Rough Magic, Dublin, a recipient of the Next Generation Artists Award 2019 from the Arts Council of Ireland and the commission award from ANU Productions and the Arts Council of Ireland 2020.
Recent theatre credits include Walking with Ghosts, Happy Days, Blood in the Dirt (Landmark Productions); The Taxidermist’s Daughter (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Visit (Draíocht); Minseach (Sibéal Davitt); Aftertaste (National Youth Theatre); Boland: Journey of a Poet (Druid); Medicine (Associate Sound Designer, Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival); Eclipsed, Serious Money, Love and Information, Pornography (The Lir Academy); Pale Sister, The Snapper, The Glass Menagerie (Gate Theatre, Dublin); Faultline, The Anvil, Torch (ANU Productions); Incantata (Galway International Arts Festival); Ask Too Much of Me (Abbey Theatre); The Phlebotomist (Hampstead Theatre, London); and Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (Rough Magic SEEDS Showcase).
Film credits include Canaries and Torch (ANU Productions); Suited (Battersea Arts Centre); Constance (Úna Kavanagh); and Darkey Kelly (Katie McCann).
On Broadway, Matt associate directed the critically acclaimed revival of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close. Additional Broadway credits include the Tony Award winning production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Associate Director) and 110 in the Shade (Assistant Director), both starring Audra McDonald. His West End credits include Man of La Mancha starring Kelsey Grammer (Associate Director), Carousel (Associate Director), and Sweeney Todd, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel (Associate Director). Film and television credits include the documentary Hal Prince: the director’s life (PBS) (Co-Producer) and Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (Co-Producer).