Enda Walsh

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The Last Hotel

Best Opera, Irish Times Theatre Award
Producer Landmark Productions & Wide Open Opera Director Enda Walsh Starring
  • Robin Adams
  • Claudia Boyle
  • Katherine Manley
  • Mikel Murfi
    Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

    Libretto for dark opera about a woman planning her suicide in a hotel in Ireland with music composed by Donnacha Dennehy.

    As the opera begins, a man silently mops the floor – the water bloody. The hotel room he’s supposed to be preparing is not ready yet. A woman is meeting a man and his wife in the hotel’s car park. All three are nervous. Tonight there’ll be a death.

    The Last Hotel had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2015. It transfers to Dublin Theatre Festival and the Royal Opera House Autumn 2015 before receiving its American premiere at St Ann's Warehouse, New York in early 2016.


    As always with Walsh, the writing is both loaded and elliptical, but this is easily one of his less opaque texts, perhaps teased out by the brutality and vigour of Dennehy's score, which is noisy and extraordinary

    Michael Coveney
    What's On Stage

    this extraordinary new Irish opera by composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh

    Michael Coveney
    The Independent

    Dennehy’s score and Walsh’s libretto provide a work of wide imagination, unsettling meditation and archly quotidian detail... an agitated and seductive experience.

    Peter Crawley
    Irish Times

    potently compact, searingly powerful new chamber work by two of Ireland’s foremost creative voices, playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy... Walsh’s libretto (he also directs) is devastating in its indictment of societal preoccupations, heartbreaking in its portrayal of loneliness and loveless relationships

    Kate Molleson
    The Guardian

    Walsh’s libretto is unnerving and funny

    Ken Walton
    The Scotsman

    magnificent … gripping … startling … it’s a superb addition to the repertoire, rich, strange, darkly comic and thoroughly beguiling

    David Kettle
    The Arts Desk

    this is hugely theatrical, as might be expected from Enda Walsh

    Thom Dibdin
    The Stage

    Put Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh in the same space and watch the sparks fly … a remarkable achievement

    Bill Dunlop
    Edinburgh Guide

    a stunning new opera … The Last Hotel will surely become a classic of our times … a brilliant production

    Stephanie Green
    The Skinny

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