Living Quarters

Living Quarters

By Brian Friel
Directed by John Dove
UK Premiere

"They remember that day... endlessly raking over those dead episodes that can't be left at peace."

Set in a remote and rundown army camp in County Donegal, Living Quarters tells the story of the fateful day that Commandant Frank Butler returns from a successful UN mission in the Middle East. Through clever use of a narrator we are introduced to Frank's grown-up children and his new wife, Anna, who is thirty years his junior, and slowly the family's secrets start to unravel, with events gradually moving towards a startling conclusion.

With searing observation that embraces humour and a touching emotional candour, Friel unpicks the selected history of illusion and reality that underlies all families.

Newly appointed Associate Artist John Dove directs this moving and emotional drama on family breakdown, following his critically acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons last season. We are delighted that this will be the first UK production of Friel’s powerful and unusual play.

Cast and Credits

The cast of Living Quarters

Sir - Stuart McGugan
Commandant Frank Butler - Ron Donachie
Helen Kelly - Irene Allan
Miriam Donnelly - Niamh McCann
Ben - Ifan Meredith
Tina - Kim Gerard
Father Tom Carty - Gary Lilburn
Charlie Donnelly - Robin Laing
Anna - Katie McGuinness

The creative team of Living Quarters

Director - John Dove
Designer - Michael Taylor
Lighting Designer - Jeanine Davies


Dates, Times & Prices

This production has now ended

Press Coverage


"...a superbly realised production..."
Evening News ★★★★

"...John Dove's immaculately acted production... a rich, humane drama..."
The Guardian ★★★★

" humour and a quite excellent ensemble cast..."
Metro ★★★★

"...Friel writes about families with a Chekhovian beauty..."
The Herald ★★★★

" intriguing evening..."
The Times ★★★★