Faith Healer at the Abbey TheatreMore than 40 years since directing the Irish Premiere of Faith Healer at the Abbey Theatre, Joe Dowling returns with a new production of Brian Friel’s masterpiece on the Abbey Stage. Originally scheduled for March 2020, we are delighted to bring this highly anticipated production to perform in front of a live audience.
Frank Hardy. Faith Healer. Travelling through remote and isolated areas in Scotland and Wales, Frank Hardy offers his unique cure to the most desperate and hopeless of people. Does he actually possess a gift? Or are these rare and miracle healings only tricks of the mind?

Telling the story of Frank, his wife Grace and manager Teddy, we encounter differing perspectives of their absurd and momentous lives together. With each tale come new revelations in this spellbinding narrative.

Faith Healer is recognized as one of the masterpieces of Ireland’s greatest living playwright. In the course of four monologues the stories of a travelling healer, his wife, and his manager unfold. Brian Friel weaves their versions of the healer’s ‘performances’ and a terrible event into haunting, magnificent art.

Cast and Crew

  • Grace: Niamh Cusack
  • Frank Hardy: Aidan Gillen
  • Teddy: Nigel Lindsay
  • Writer: Brian Friel
  • Director: Joe Dowling
  • Set Design: John Lee Beatty
  • Costume Design: Joan O’Clery
  • Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna
  • Composer : Carl Kennedy
  • Sound Design: Derek Conaghy
  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
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