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The long-running Welsh drama Playing Burton opens for a sixweek run at New York's Irish Repertory Theatre (IRT) on August 6 through to September 17.

The IRT is based at SixthAvenue/West 22nd Street. The New York run means that, once again, as in 2002, Burton will be playing on three continents simultaneously, with three different actors in the celebrated role of Richard Burton, first brought to prominence by the RSC's Josh Richards of Tenby.

New Zealand Welshman, Ray Henwood, who won 'Best Actor' for his role in the play, continues to tour Australian cities after his triumph at the Sydney Opera House. George Telfer from Chesterfield begins a thirty-venue tour of England in August, following his Edinburgh success, whilst Irish-American Brian Mallon will command the stage in New York, following the release of his recent movie 'Gods & Generals', playing opposite George Duval.

New York's Irish Repertory Theatre was founded in 1988 by Ciaran O'Reilly and Charlotte Moore. It has won the New York award for Excellence in presenting distinguished Irish drama and moved to its new home, off Sixth Avenue, in 1995. The IRT has presented major works by O'Casey, Synge, Shaw, Friel, Behan and Beckett.

Amongst those who have graced its Broadway Benefit nights are Katherine Hepburn, Sinead Cusack, Vanessa Redgrave, Milo O'Shea, Liam Neeson, Kevin Spacey, Lauren Bacall and Frank McCourt.

Only one previous Welsh play appears to have been performed at the Rep – Under Milk Wood, so it's something of a triumph to have muscled in here, helped, no doubt, by the fact that the star of the show is an Irish American and the author, half-Irish.

Sometimes it pays to have a few green genes!
Mark Jenkins  
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Monday, July 07, 2003back



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