The Girl will transfer to West End

How does it feel?Due to exceptional demand, the show will transfer to West End’s Noël Coward Theatre, with preview from 29 December 2017, and press night 11 January 2018.

“Working with this stunning cast and the incredible music of Bob Dylan at The Old Vic has been an amazing pleasure and privilege. I’m delighted that audiences will continue to have the opportunity to enjoy our show as we move into the West End”, a thrilled Conor McPherson said.

The production’s transfer will play from Friday 29 December 2017 – Saturday 31 March 2018.

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The Girl gets rave reviews

The DVD cover for Girl from the North CountryIf you happen to be in London before October 7, Girl from the North Country is something you must not miss. First of all, because the despair and loneliness that permeate the whole story are wonderfully mirrored by the well-chosen melodies of Bob Dylan, heartbreakingly rendered by the cast. Second, because Ciarán and Jim Norton are in a play by Conor McPherson.

Although he is the only one not to sing, dignified in his stoic acceptance of his bleak propects, Ciarán’s Nick exhibits an outstanding presence, especially when he towers over Shirley Henderson’s unsettling frailty.

Neither a musical, nor a “juke-box” play, McPherson’s work is beautiful and clever, and don’t be ashamed, if, when the lights fade out, you feel tears running down your cheeks.

A full cast recording of the play will be released on 29 September.

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Ciarán on stage next Summer

Ciarán will be back in London next Summer for Conor McPherson’s new play Girl From the North Country.

Set during the Great Depression, in Duluth Minnesota, Girl From the North Country will have its world premiere at the Old Vic Theatre on July 26th. Directed by the author, the production will feature music and lyrics by Bob Dylan.

“I’m mixing songs together – it starts as one song and turns into another halfway through. And because the lyrics are real writing, real poetry, they have that ambiguity that almost anybody can say them and it means something. So you have got this tremendous freedom with the songs,” McPherson says of using Dylan lyrics in his work.

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Ciarán will speak Russian again

Ciarán will play the director of a Russian spy agency in Red Sparrow, a thriller directed by Francis Lawrence, expected in the theaters on November 10.

Based on Jason Matthews’ espionage novel, Red Sparrow tells the story of Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova, who is drafted against her will to become a Sparrow, a trained seductress. She is assigned to operate against a CIA officer who handles the agency’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence, and falls for him, to the point of considering defection.

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Ciarán plays the villain in upcoming Justice League

The archvillainCiarán has been cast as Steppenwolf in the next DC Extended Universe superhero movie Justice League, alongside Ben Affleck.

Justice League is the big screen adaptation of DC Comics’ iconic superhero team. Henry Cavill returns as Superman, joined by Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Justice League is scheduled for a November 17th, 2017 release, with a sequel to follow on June 14th, 2019.

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Shetland: season 3 on BBC One

Wonderfully two-faced Ciaran HindsWhen a young man disappears on a ferry crossing and a small boy ends up in intensive care, DI Jimmy Perez and his team become convinced the two events are connected.

As the investigation pulls Perez and his team deeper into the secrets of the local community, prime suspect Michael Maguire carries out his own inquiry, with dire consequences.

The first episode will air on BBC ONE on Friday 15 January.

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Hamlet premiere: a bad signal-to-noise ratio

Wonderfully two-faced Ciaran HindsAlthough Mr. Cumberbatch may be “too much in the sun”, patient readers can dig out some interesting comments out of the buzz surrounding the first performances of Hamlet.

Fortunately, Sherlock’s fame do not completely outshine “a cast that includes the always moving and intelligent Ciarán Hinds as Hamlet’s murdering uncle Claudius…”

“… a bold production to those who know Shakespeare’s play well” (The Stage), worth seeing if you’re lucky enough to grab a ticket.

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Ciarán will shine again on Broadway next Winter

Ciarán will play Governor Thomas Danforth in Broadway Revival of Arthur Miller’s Witch-Hunt Drama The Crucible.

Rehearsals will begin in January 2016 with a first preview currently scheduled for February 29 at a venue yet to be announced. It will open April 7 and continue through July 17.

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IFTA Film & Drama Awards 2015

...over the hills and far away.Ciarán attended the 12th IFTA Awards at Dublin’s Mansion House on Sunday May 24. The event, presented by Sean Bean (Game of Thrones,Sharpe), saw filmmaker Jim Sheridan receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, a tribute to his highly decorated and illustrious career that spans 30 years with credits that include In the Name of the Father, The Field and Some Mother’s Son (where Ciarán played Sinn Fein spokesman Danny Boyle).

Martin Scorsese’s Silence will have a Northern Irish cast

Ciarán will star alongside his longtime friend Liam Neeson in Silence, Martin Scorsese’s pet project for almost two decades, a story about the challenges faced by Jesuit missionaries attempting to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan, based on Shusaku Endo’s novel.

“The subject matter is very close to my heart. I’ve been working on it since I first read the book in 1989”, Scorsese said. “It deals with spiritual matters in a concrete, physical world; a world where invariably the worst of human nature is revealed.”

Ciarán will play Alessandro Valignano (1539-1606), the Italian missionary who oversaw Jesuit activity in Asia for over thirty years.

Silence is expected to be released in time for the 2016 awards season.

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