Brian Friel Timeline
 

Brian Friel Timeline

Get to know one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights

Brian Friel Writer

1929 Born in Omagh, Co Tyrone

1950s

1950 Begins writing short stories, regular appearances in The New Yorker begin in 1959.

1958 First radio plays produced by BBC Northern Ireland.

1959 First stage play This Doubtful Paradise premieres at the Ulster Group Theatre, Belfast.

1960s

1962 The Enemy Within premieres at the Abbey Theatre (then based at the Queen’s), Dublin. First collection of short stories, The Saucer of Larks, published.

1963 Spends time with Tyrone Guthrie at the new Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, USA.

1964 Philadelphia, Here I Come! premieres at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin; Helen Hayes Theater, New York, 1965; Lyric Theatre, London, 1967.

1966 Second collection of short stories, The Gold in the Sea, published. The Loves of Cass McGuire premieres at the Helen Hayes Theater, New York; Abbey Theatre, Dublin 1967.

1967 Lovers premieres at the Gate Theatre, Dublin; Lincoln Center, New York, 1968; Fortune Theatre, London 1968.

1968 Crystal and Fox premieres at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin; Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles.

1969 The Mundy Scheme premieres at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin; Royal Theater, New York.

1970s

1971 The Gentle Island premieres at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin; Peacock Theatre, 1988.

1973 The Freedom of the City premieres at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Royal Court Theatre, London; Alvin Theater, New York, 1974.

1975 Volunteers premieres at theAbbey Theatre.

1977 Living Quarters premieres at the Abbey Theatre.

1979 Aristocrats premieres at theAbbey Theatre; Hampstead Theatre, London, 1988; Manhattan Theater Club, New York, 1989; Gate Theatre, 1990

1979 Faith Healer premieres at the Longacre Theater, New York, Abbey Theatre, 1980; Royal Court, London, 1981.

1980s

1980 Translations premieres in Derry; Hampstead Theatre, London; Royal National Theatre (Lyttleton) 1981; Manhattan Theater Club, New York, 1981.

1981 Translation of Three Sisters premieres in Derry.

1982 The Communication Cord premieres in Derry; Gaiety Theatre, Dublin; Hampstead Theatre, London 1983.

1986 Editor of The Last of the Name.

1987 Adaptation of Turgenev’s novel Fathers and Sons premieres at the Royal National Theatre (Lyttleton); Long Wharf Theater, USA, 1988; Gate Theatre, 1988.

1988 Making History premieres in Derry; Royal National Theatre (Cottesloe); Gaiety Theatre.

1989 BBC Radio devotes a six-play season to Friel, the first living playwright to be so distinguished.

1990s

1990 Dancing at Lughnasa premieres at the Abbey Theatre; Royal National Theatre (Lyttleton), London.

1991 Dancing at Lughnasa opens at the Phoenix Theatre, London and the Plymouth Theater, New York. Dancing at Lughnasawins Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director (Patrick Mason) and Best Supporting Actress (Bríd Brennan).

1992 A Month in the Country opens at the Gate Theatre. London Vertigo, a version of the Charles Macklin play premieres at the Gate Theatre.

1993 Wonderful Tennessee premieres at the Abbey Theatre and at the Plymouth Theater, New York. Dancing at Lughnasa, Abbey Theatre, national and Australian tour.

1994 Molly Sweeney premieres at the Gate Theatre and transfers to the Almeida Theatre, London.

1995 Molly Sweeney opens at the Round House Theater, New York. Molly Sweeney wins the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play 1995, Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play (tied) and Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. It was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Play and a Drama League for Best Play.

2000s

2001 The Yalta Gamepremieres at the Gate Theatre.

2002The Bearand Afterplaypremiere at the Gate Theatre; Afterplayplays at theGielgud Theatre, London.

2003 Performancespremieres at the Gate Theatre.

2005 The Home Place premieres at the Gate Theatre and transfers to the Comedy Theatre, London where it won the Evening Standard Best Play of 2005 Award.

2006 Faith Healer opens at the Gate Theatre and transfers to the Booth Theater, Broadway.

2008 Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov in a version by Brian Friel opens at the Abbey Theatre.

2008 Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a version by Brian Friel opens at the Gate Theatre.

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