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Faith Healer

By Brian Friel
Directed by John Dove

“Teddy’s driving as usual, and I’m in the passenger seat, and he’s immediately behind us, the Fantastic Francis Hardy, Faith Healer, with his back to us and the whiskey bottle between his legs.”

The lame, the ill and the broken-hearted all gather for the Fantastic Francis Hardy: Faith Healer. Travelling with his two companions, Grace and Teddy, Frank roams the small towns of Scotland and Wales healing the sick, trying to find a way home.

These are their stories  - haunting, tender, funny  and passionate, taking us to the heart of what it means to love and to believe.

One of Ireland's greatest playwrights, Brian Friel is best known for his works Philadelphia Here I Come!, Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa.  Faith Healer is Friel’s masterpiece, defining his uniquely poetic and intensely human voice it is a landmark play in the rich landscape of Irish theatre.

John Dove is Associate Artist at The Lyceum, most recently directing the widely acclaimed Pressure by David Haig.

"One of those rare works of art audiences are destined to recall as a deeply personal experience. A powerful piece of writing.” The New York Times on Faith Healer

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Cast and Credits


  • Patrick Driver, Teddy
  • Niamh McCann, Grace
  • Sean O'Callaghan, Frank


  • John Dove, Director
  • Michael Taylor, Designer
  • Tim Mascall, Lighting Designer
  • Claire McKenzie, Composer & Music

Dates and Times

14 January – 7 February 2015

14, 15 and 16 January, 7.30pm
All Preview tickets £10 and on sale now!

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Excluding Saturday 17 January 2015

Runtime: Approximately 2hrs 10 minutes including a 20 minute interval


Individual Tickets
EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday: £15 - £29*
Wednesday and Saturday: £12.50 - £24*

From £10*

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  • Thursday 29 January - 7.30pm
  • Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 31 January - 2pm
  • Touch Tour - 12.45pm


  • Wednesday 4 February - 7.30pm


  • Saturday 7 February - 2pm

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Creative Learning Events

Join us in the Stalls of the auditorium post-show and participate in a discussion about the piece with Assistant Director, Becky Hope-Palmer and the Faith Healer cast.

  • Tuesday 27 January

Press Coverage

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Allan Radcliffe, The Times 
"...the suspenseful fascination of a thriller... radiates its own self-contained atmosphere..."

Anne Hamilton, Lothian Life
"Go and see it; you’ll not only reflect endlessly on the play, but on life, art and truth as well"

Neil Cooper, The Herald
"Brian Friel's haunting dramatic meditation on the unreliable powers of an inconsistent muse..."

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
"...modern storytelling...Friel’s Faith Healer takes us into a different, spellbinding and yet strangely familiar world..."

Mark Fisher, The Guardian 
"...finely observed performances across a sequence of four monologues creates a compelling piece of theatre."

Mark Brown, The Telegraph
"...a drama of real substance and intelligence, staged with great confidence."

Alan Brown, Edinburgh 49
He [Francis Hardy] walks across a cobbled yard and smack into classical tragedy"

Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre
" a bracing way to shake audiences from winter slumbers"

Robert James Peacock, TV Bomb
"...thoughtful, poetic drama... intriguing performance"

Liam Rudden, Edinburgh Evening News 
"Emotional, funny, and tragic"

Thom Dibdin, The Stage
"sturdy revival... [Dove's] powerful framework, around which the frailties of recollection can be constructed."


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