Thursday, 3 June 2010

Lyric Hammersmith Present THE BIG FELLAH, Opens Sept 2

The Big Fellah, Richard Bean's new play about Irish Americans and their relationship to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, will receive its world premiere at the Corn Exchange, Newbury on 2 September before a national tour which will include a four-week London run at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Young fireman Michael Doyle (David Ricardo-Pearce) decides to live up to his Irish heritage by joining the IRA. He's recruited by Costello (Finbar Lynch), the charismatic "Big Fellah", who wants to use Doyle's brownstone apartment in The Bronx as a safe house for an escaped killer. But it soon becomes clear that someone is leaking information to the FBI...

Set among Irish Americans in New York, Richard Bean's dark, glinting, funny story of loyalty, disillusion and betrayal spans three turbulent decades. Now read on.

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