Landmark Productions is delighted to announce that Howie the Rookie, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, will play at the Barbican in London.
The production will play for one week only at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin from 11 – 15 November, before transferring to the Barbican in London from 19 – 29 November, with a press night on Thursday 20 November 2014.
Mark O’Rowe, who not only wrote but also directed the award-winning production of his play Howie the Rookie, said: ‘Working with Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has been an absolute high point in my theatrical life, and so I am thrilled beyond belief that audiences both in Dublin and London are going to have another opportunity to see his astonishing performance in Howie the Rookie.’
Howie the Rookie is part of the Barbican’s ‘bold programme of new theatre and daring adaptations from around the globe’, including productions from Irina Brook from France, Thomas Ostermeier from Germany and Dmitry Krymov from Russia. The season also includes Gregory Doran’s productions for the RSC of Henry IV Parts I and II, starring Antony Sher and Jasper Britton, as well as an eagerly-anticipated new production of Hamlet, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role.
Read Fintan O’Toole on Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s ‘stunning performance‘ in Howie the Rookie, written by the ‘blazingly talented‘ Mark O’Rowe in the Irish Times.
“O’Rowe’s revisiting of his breakthrough play after 14 years – he directs Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s stunning performance for the Landmark production – is fascinating because it looks back, not in anger, but with tenderness.”
Read four-star rave review by Peter Crawley in The Irish Times here.
“Mark O’Rowe transforms his two-hander monologue play into an epic one-man performance for Tom Vaughan-Lawlor”
“riveting new production”
Read five-Star review by Lucy White in the Metro Herald here.
“Electrifying performance… blistering script”
“… this production underscores O’Rowe’s and Vaughan-Lawlor’s status as Ireland’s most exciting talents and one heck of a double act.”
Read five-star review by Brendan O’Rourke in Entertainment.ie here.
“The one man show – a daunting prospect for both audience and actor alike. A sole figure must fill the stage and hold an audience with their story resulting in an experience, which can land on opposite sides of the spectrum from sheer brilliance to painful to watch. This Landmark Production of Howie the Rookie has an added weight thrown into the balance.”
Read Emer O’Kelly’s review in the Sunday Independent here.
“It’s acting of extraordinary quality. Mark O’Rowe directs, with equally devastating restraint.”
Four-star review by Nadine O’Regan in the Sunday Business Post Magazine.
“A masterclass in acting…a performance of astounding and exhilarating verve and skill.”
“entrancing and enthralling“
Read Harvey O’Brien’s review for Irish Theatre Magazine here.
“An instant classic in 1999, Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie returns to Dublin almost a decade and a half on renewed and retooled as a solo performance directed by the playwright. It is, quite simply, an essential experience.”
Read four-star review by Chris Wasser in The Herald here.
“an astonishing feat … as a one-man show, it’s captivating. As a lesson in stage acting, it’s terrifying. On the box, Vaughan-Lawlor is a damn fine actor. Here on the stage, he is astounding.”
Read John McKeown’s review in the Irish Independent here.
“superbly singular performance“