• From Thursday, 23 June 2011
  • To Saturday, 13 August 2011
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 2 hours with interval


A tender and eloquent play by Brian Frial about language, history and home at the Abbey Theatre.

‘We must learn those new names … We must learn where we live. We must learn to make them our own.’

It’s late August 1833. At a hedge school in the small Irish speaking village of Baile Beag, the pupils gather for their evening class. They worry about potato blight, gossip about a new baby’s father and make fun of the Royal Engineers from England recently arrived to survey the area.

However, as goodwill and relationships with the English grow, hostility does too — with devastating consequences.

More than thirty years since it was first produced, Translations is now regarded as a modern masterpiece. Subtle and resonant, it’s a political drama, a historical tale, a funny and clever play on language and a tender love story.

Don’t miss this captivating new production of one of our most important and best loved plays.

‘A basic fluency in the workings of the human heart is all that’s necessary to absorb the beauties of Mr.Friel’s tender, sad and funny play about the difficulty of finding a home in the world, a person to share it with and a name to call it by.’
New York Times

Assisted Performance Details

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 4 August, 7.30pm
Audiodescribed and captioned performance: Saturday 6 August, 2pm
Read more about our assisted performances.

Booking Details

On the Abbey stage
Thursday 23 June – Saturday 13 August
Previews Thursday 23 – Tuesday 28 June
Monday – Saturday evening 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €40

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I recently traveled to Ireland with a group of students.  We were able to watch the play Translations.  I am a teacher and hold a degree in English as a Second Language.  I can empathize with the loss of language that Ireland has had to endure.  I can’t tell you all how special it was to be able to see this performance while in Ireland!  The actors were amazing and it thoroughly helped me to understand what the Gaelic language means to the Irish person.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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Beautiful production with such fabulous attention to annunciation and nuances. the set is an incredible sight. no faults at all! Only love to be able to see it again and again.
Job fíor mhaith!

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I went to see Translations last nite. Excellent- brilliant to see an aspect of our history covered in such a subtle, nuanced way. The strivings and pleasures of the human heart do not depend on nationality and yet are given a place and a context by our place of birth, our language and our traditions. That sense of place, of home is beautifully dealt with by Brian Friel. A real pleasure! Not to be missed!

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