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David Ireland's Cyprus Avenue to return to the Royal Court with Stephen Rea

The production has won a number of awards

Stephen Rea in Cyprus Avenue
Stephen Rea in Cyprus Avenue
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David Ireland's award-winning Cyprus Avenue will return to the Royal Court next year.

After having run in New York, Dublin and Belfast, the piece now returns to the Royal Court and will once more star Stephen Rea as Belfast Loyalist Eric Miller.

Directed by the venue's artistic director Vicky Featherstone with set and costume design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting design by Paul Keogan and sound design by David McSeveney, Cyprus Avenue won the James Tait Black Prize for Drama in 2017, with Rea winning the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Miller at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

In his review for WhatsOnStage, Matt Trueman said "there's a frazzled lunacy to David Ireland's black comedy", commending the 'brilliance' of Rea's performance.

Cyprus Avenue follows Miller's identity crisis as he begins to believe his five week-old granddaughter is the reincarnation of Gerry Adams. Ireland's other plays include Summertime and most recently the five-star Ulster American.

The production, which was previously in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, transfers to the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs where the space will be reconfigured to include onstage seating. It runs from 14 February to 16 March. Further casting for the show is to be announced.