Winter is coming to London and Dublin this September and October as Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival hit the road with their co-production Woyzeck in Winter, which wowed audiences at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.
Woyzeck in Winter
Woyzeck in Winter, which was co-commissioned by the Barbican, is an electrifying fusion of two masterpieces: Büchner's Woyzeck and Schubert's Die Winterreise. Starring Patrick O'Kane and Camille O'Sullivan, and a cast of extraordinary Irish actors - including the legendary Rosaleen Linehan.
Patrick O'Kane and Rosaleen Linehan in rehearsals for Woyzeck in Winter ahead of its world premiere at Galway International Arts Festival in July. Photo: Brid O’Donovan
It tells the story of a poor soldier, who earns extra money for his family through menial jobs and participation in bizarre medical experiments. Brutalised by society and consumed with jealousy, he is driven to the far side of alienation and despair – and finally to a desperate, violent act.
Camille O'Sullivan in rehearsal for Woyzeck in Winter, which tours to the Barbican and Dublin Theatre Festival. Photo: Brid O’Donovan
The play had its world premiere at GIAF 17, where audiences described it as “phenomenal”, “epic”, “brutal”, “poetic”, “absolutely stunning”, “devastating”, “powerful”, “fast-paced”, “thought-provoking”, and “unmissable”. See here.
Thrillingly re-imagined by Conall Morrison and a leading creative team, the production is sung in English, with the music played live at each performance by musical director Conor Linehan. (Listen to songs from the show on RTE Radio 1 here.) The phenomenal Irish cast also includes Stephen Brennan, Peter Coonan, Susannah De Wrixon, Rory Nolan, Shane O'Reilly and Barry McGovern.
The phenomenal Irish cast for Woyzeck in Winter also includes Stephen Brennan, Peter Coonan, Susannah De Wrixon, Rory Nolan, Shane O'Reilly and Barry McGovern. Photo: Brid O’Donovan
The startling story is set amid a terrain of 103 upright and grand broken pianos (the set design is by award-winning set designer Jamie Vartan), and vivid scenes flow seamlessly into raw, passionate songs, translated into English by Stephen Clark.
Woyzeck in Winter opens the Barbican’s new theatre season as part of a programme that also includes performances from the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Michael Clark Company and Ivo van Hove’s Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
The Barbican's trailer for the Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival co-production Woyzeck in Winter, which tours to the prestigious venue this September.
Already this year, Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival productions Arlington and Ballyturk by Tony Award winning playwright Enda Walsh opened the Abbey Theatre’s new season, while Arlington travelled to St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York in May for a three-week run. The Galway International Arts Festival production Rooms, also by Enda Walsh, had a concurrent run at the new home of the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.
Tickets for Woyzeck in Winter’s Barbican run are available from here.
Tickets for Woyzeck in Winter’s Dublin Theatre Festival run are available here.
For more information, see www.woyzeckinwinter.com.
Main photo: Hugh O'Conor