Irish Transfer Eden Posts Closing Notices, 14 DecDate: 19 November 2002
Eugene O'Brien's Irish two-hander Eden has posted closing notices at the West End's Arts Theatre. The award-winning production, which transferred from Dublin's Abbey Theatre, opened on 30 October 2002 (previews from 24 October) and had been booking up to 11 January 2003. It will now finish on 14 December 2002.
Eden, which stars original Dublin leads Don Wycherley and Catherine Walsh, chronicles a troubled weekend in the lives of Breda and Billy who hold conflicting ideas of heaven on earth. Breda desperately wants her husband to come home and tell her how much he loves her. But Billy has just one thought on his mind - lust, and it doesn't involve his wife.
Author O'Brien's first play, Eden premiered in 2000 at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, where it returned last year for a sell-out Christmas season. It won both the Irish Times and the Steward Parker awards for Best New Play, while Walsh won the Irish Times Best Actress award for her performance for her performance as Breda.
Eden is directed by fellow Irish playwright Conor McPherson, who's best known in the UK for his hit ghost story piece, The Weir, which ran several times in London at the Royal Court and Duke of York's, on its way to winning two Olivier Awards (Best New Play and Best Supporting Actor) and transferring to Broadway. McPherson's first major directorial project came with his own Port Authority, a series of three overlapping monologues which ran last year at the West End's New Ambassadors Theatre.
Eden is designed by Blaithin Sheerin, with lighting by Paul Keogen. It's presented in the West End by Kevin Wallace, Ted and Norman Tulchin.
- by Terri Paddock