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Dancing At Lughnasa Details


Irish director Pat O'Connor helmed this adaptation of Brian Friel's 1990 play which won three Tony awards in addition to UK Olivier and Evening Standard awards. Friel's portrait of five Irish sisters takes place in 1936 on a Donegal farm. The unmarried Mundy sisters are barely surviving. Middle-aged schoolteacher Kate (Meryl Streep) is the eldest, overseeing pretty Christina (Catherine McCormack), lively Maggie (Kathy Burke, re-creating her Tony award-winning role), reliable Agnes (Brid Brennan), and Rose (Sophie Thompson), who has a secret affair with a married man. Christina is the mother of eight-year-old Michael (Darrell Johnston), beneficiary of much attention from his four aunts. The story of a turning-point summer is told in retrospect by the adult Michael and begins when the sisters welcome their older brother Jack (Michael Gambon) as he returns home from missionary work in Africa. Michael's father Gerry Evans (Rhys Ifans) makes an unexpected arrival, winning back both Michael and mom before joining the International Brigade to fight Franco in Spain. Kate loses her teaching position, and the sister's income from their handwoven clothing is threatened by the announced opening of a woolens factory. Shown at 1998 fests (Venice, Toronto). ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 1998


Meryl Streep
as Kate Mundy
Michael Gambon
as Father Jack Mundy
Catherine McCormack
as Christina Mundy
Kathy Burke
as Maggie Mundie
Sophie Thompson
as Rose Mundy
Brid Brennan
as Agnes Mundy
Rhys Ifans
as Gerry Evans
Darrell Johnston
as Michael Mundy
Lorcan Cranitch
as Danny Bradley
Peter Gowen
as Austin Morgan
Dawn Bradfield
as Sophie McLoughlin
Marie Mullen
as Vera McLoughlin
John Kavanagh
as Father Carlin
Kate O'Toole
as Chemist


Pat O'Connor
Noel Pearson
Frank McGuinness
Brian Friel
Play Author
Bill Whelan
Composer (Music Score)
Humphrey Dixon
Mark Geraghty
Production Designer
Connor Devlin
Art Director
Terry Pritchard
Supervising Art Director
Clodagh Conroy
Art Director
Jane Barclay
Executive Producer
Joan Bergin
Costume Designer
Kieran Horgan
Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Selway
Gerrit Folsom
Line Producer