11 Jan 2007 - 03 Mar 2007

World Premiere

There Came A Gypsy Riding

By Frank McGuinness

Tickets £6 - £29.50

production information

The McKenna family convenes at their remote West Ireland holiday home to mark the 21st birthday of their late son Gene. 

Eccentric cousin Bridget appears along the causeway, inviting herself for birthday cake and conversation, and ready to expose a family secret. Even Margaret, the unstoppable mother, and Leo, the ever-calm father, can’t hold things together in the face of an unexpected visit from the past.

There Came a Gypsy Riding is written by Frank McGuinness, best known for Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (also directed by Michael Attenborough) and his recent adaptations of Phaedra and Hecuba at the Donmar Warehouse. 

Almeida Artistic Director Michael Attenborough’s critically acclaimed productions include Playing with Fire at the National Theatre, and The Mercy Seat, The Late Henry Moss and Enemies for the Almeida.

 

Dates & Tickets

Thu 11 Jan 2007 - Sat 3 Mar 2007

There Came A Gypsy Riding Production Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Production Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Production Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Production Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Production Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Production Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Production Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Production Photos

Award-winning actor Eileen Atkins will play Bridget. As well as extensive work for the National Theatre (most recently Honour) and the RSC (including The Unexpected Man, which transferred to Broadway), her London theatre work includes The Birthday Party at the Duchess Theatre, A Delicate Balance at the Haymarket and Vita and Virginia, her own play, which premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

There Came A Gypsy Riding Rehearsal Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Rehearsal Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Rehearsal Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Rehearsal Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Rehearsal Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Rehearsal Photos

There Came A Gypsy Riding Rehearsal Photos

★★★★ Top-notch performances, 19 Jan 2007  

The Times

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★★★★ Elegantly written, exquisitely acted.  

The Guardian

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Eileen Atkins and Imelda Staunton make this evening unmissable.

Observer

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★★★★ There Came A Gypsy Riding holds one's attention from the first to the last, now entertainment, now as acute drama.

Financial Times

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Imelda Staunton is excellent... Atkins's performance is marvellous.

The Independent

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★★★★

Time Out

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes Eileen Atkins, Elaine Cassidy, Aidan McArdle, Ian McElhinney, Imelda Staunton

Direction Michael Attenborough
Design Robert Jones
Light Paul Pyant
Sound Paul Arditti

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