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Following its success with Ivanov, Charm Offensive's Acting Gymnasium presents a new production of:

Playboy of the Western World
by J.M. Synge
Directed by Gavin McAlinden

Press nights: Tue 14th and Wed 15th January 2014, 7.30pm
The Corrib Rest
76-80 Salusbury Road
London NW6 6PA
(three minutes from Queens Park Tube Station)
RSVP: gavinmcalinden (at) yahoo.com / mattia.cabitza (at) yahoo.co.uk

A seminal Irish comedy, Playboy of the Western World is an early twentieth century classic at the forefront of the Irish literary revival at the Abbey, the national theatre of Ireland in Dublin. Its poetic lyricism and crafty, irreverent black humour have inspired successive generations of Irish playwrights, and its influence is still felt in contemporary theatre. When first performed in 1907, Synge’s controversial themes of parricide, seduction and depravity pushed the limits of decency, causing riots among Irish nationalists and the condemnation by the Catholic Church. But the play was soon recognised as an established masterpiece of poetic drama, and has since been translated globally and adapted for film and television.

Set on the west coast of Ireland, Playboy of the Western World tells the story of a young and attractive man, Christy Mahon, who turns up at a local pub claiming that he killed his bullying father, cracking his head open with a spade. Instead of denouncing the horrific crime, the barmaid and daughter of a politician, Pegeen, falls in love with this unlikely murderer as the other local women and drunken men treat him as something of a town hero. But they all soon turn against him and shun him as a liar and a coward when his father suddenly appears.

In partnership with the London Irish Centre, Acting Gymnasium’s new production of Playboy of the Western World features an all-Irish cast and a live Irish Ceilidh band led by the acclaimed Armagh director Gavin McAlinden, and they perform for one week only in the historically-Irish district of Kilburn/Queens Park, recreating the tavern setting of the story at one of London’s best and largest Irish pubs, The Corrib Rest.

Principal Cast: Adam Henderson Scott (Christy Mahon) and Kathryn McCartin (Pegeen Mike)
Directed by: Gavin McAliden
Designed by: April Jacobs
Dates: Tue 14th to Sun 19th January 2014, 7.30 pm
Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions)
Age guidance: None
Duration: two hours and 30 minutes (two intervals)
Booking: actinggymnasium@gmail.com / 0757 228 3382
More information: www.charmoffensive.org.uk / www.londonirishcentre.org

Press on Ivanov (November 2013)

"Excellent...." ***** (5 Stars) Irish World
"Irish leads star in cracking adaptationl" **** (4 Stars) Irish Post
"Captivating." **** (4 Stars) Critics’ Choice, Plays To See

Press on Charm Offensive

"Remarkable production... overwhelming" ***** (5 Stars) Evening Standard
"This is better than many a West-End production" Independent on Sunday Critics' Choice
"Oscar Wilde would've loved this - so will you" Sunday Times Critics' Choice
"The Acting is stunning" Sunday Telegraph Critics’ Choice

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