Huge acclaim for Incantata and Stanley Townsend as New York run draws to a close

13 March 2020

Incantata by Paul Muldoon starring Stanley Townsend and directed by Sam Yates, produced by Galway International Arts Festival and Jen Coppinger, has finished its run at the Irish Repertory Theatre.

Written by Paul Muldoon, Incantata is interpreted for the stage by director Sam Yates and actor Stanley Townsend. It first premiered in 2018 as part of Galway International Arts Festival.

At the show's opening night, familiar faces from screen and stage across the US and Ireland gathered at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York for the US premiere supported by Culture Ireland including Uma Thurman, Kate Mulgrew, Damien Rice, J. Smith Cameron (Succession), Bill Irwin, Aurélia Thierrée (Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter) and Zara Devlin & Billy Caret who star in Enda Walsh’s Sing Street.

Amongst the many wonderful reviews for the production was The New York Times glowing Critics’ Pick review which described the show as 'spellbinding' and having 'a touch of magic.'

What the critics have said:

‘One of the most powerful theatrical experiences of the Off-Broadway season.’

‘Spellbinding... Incantata is unique and beautiful...its life onstage has a peculiar charm, a touch of magic.’
New York Times Critic’s Pick

‘Simultaneously lamenting the loss of his partner, while reaffirming what it means to love someone, Incantata is a highly emotional experience.’

‘An emotional elegy to love and art.Townswnd’s tour-de-force delivery.’
DC Metro

‘The masterful Stanley Townsend. Riveting performance... Incantata has found its home in the drama. Special kudos to the creative artists.’
Carole di Tosti

‘Townsend is riveting. An ingenious production. It is sublime.’
The Front Row Center

‘Directed with sensitivity and spirit by Sam Yates, and performed by the astonishing Stanley Townsend, it is a tour-de-force.’
One Magazine

‘Emotionally gripping performance by Townsend, a commanding actor with a riveting presence.’
Talkin Broadway

The US premiere of Incantata at the Irish Repertory Theatre was supported by Culture Ireland. Galway International Arts Festival and Jen Coppinger would like to acknowledge the Arts Council for supporting the original production.

The 43rd Galway International Arts Festival takes place from 13-26 July 2020.