Faith Healer

Brian Friel

23 June 2016 - 20 August 2016

The Fantastic Frank Hardy. Faith Healer. One Night Only.

Throughout the remote and forgotten corners of the British Isles, Frank Hardy offers the promise of redemption to the sick and the suffering.

But his is an unreliable gift, a dangerous calling which brings him into conflict with his wife Grace and his manager Teddy. Their accounts of their lives together and their memories of the past collide as they attempt to understand the power which lies at the heart of Frank’s ministry.

Following her productions of Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Fathers and Sons, Lyndsey Turner returns to the Donmar to direct Brian Friel’s great play about the possibility of genius, and the certainty of failure.

Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes (including an interval)

Cast & Creative Team

  • Ron Cook - Read bio

    Ron Cook - Biography

    Ron Cook

    For the Donmar: Trelawny of
    the Wells; Richard II; King Lear;
    Hamlet (also NY); Twelfth Night;
    Glengarry Glen Ross; Helpless;
    Juno and the Paycock.
    Theatre includes: The
    Homecoming, The Ruling Class
    (Trafalgar Studios); Henry V
    (Noël Coward); The Seafarer,
    Howard Katz, Machine Wreckers,
    Black Snow (NT); A Northern
    Odyssey (Live); Singer (Tricycle);
    Insignificance (Chichester); Vassa
    (Almeida); Art (Wyndham’s);
    Prayers of Sherkin (Old Vic);
    Faith Healer (also Abbey, Dublin),
    Our Country’s Good (also West
    End), The Recruiting Officer,
    Greenland, The Grass Widow,
    Cloud Nine, The Arbor (Royal
    Court); Slavs, How I got that
    Story, Ecstasy (Hampstead);
    A Jovial Crew, Odyssey, The Merry
    Wives of Windsor, The Crucible,
    A Winter’s Tale, The Dillen,
    Television Times, The Irish Play,
    Henry VI, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore,
    Sons of Light, Coriolanus (RSC).
    Film includes: Hot Fuzz; Confetti;
    On a Clear Day; Merchant of
    Venice; Thunderbirds; 24 Hour
    Party People; Charlotte Gray;
    Lucky Break; Chocolat; Quills;
    Topsy Turvy; The Odyssey;
    Secrets and Lies; The Cook, The
    Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.
    Television includes: Mr Selfridge;
    Mrs Biggs; The Mystery of Edwin
    Drood; Bert and Dickie; Vera;
    Little Dorrit; Silent Witness;
    Waking the Dead; Burn Up;
    Diary of Anne Frank; Red Riding;
    Fields of Gold; Garrow’s Law;
    Doctor Who; Foyles War;
    The Lost Prince; Dead Gorgeous;
    Funland; He Knew He was Right;
    The Other Boleyn Girl; Tom Jones;
    Richard III; The Singing Detective;

  • Stephen Dillane - Read bio

    Stephen Dillane - Biography

    Stephen Dillane

    For the Donmar: Four Quartets
    (also Lincoln Centre); The Real
    Thing – Tony Award, Drama Desk
    Award, Evening Standard Award
    (also Novello/NY); Endgame.
    Theatre includes: The Master
    Builder (Almeida); The Tempest,
    As You Like It (The Bridge
    Project); One Evening (Aldeburgh
    Music/Lincoln Center); Drunk
    Enough to say I Love You?, Hush
    (Royal Court); Macbeth (Almeida/
    LA/Sydney); The Coast of Utopia,
    Angels in America, A Long Day’s
    Journey Into Night, Dancing at
    Lughnasa (NT); Life After George
    (Duchess); Uncle Vanya (RSC/
    Young Vic); Hurlyburly (Old Vic);
    Hamlet (Gielgud).
    Film includes: Zero Dark Thirty;
    Papadopoulos & Sons; Perfect
    Sense; Storm; 44 Inch Chest;
    Savage Grace; Fugitive Pieces;
    Goal! 1 & 2; Klimt; The Greatest
    Game Ever Played; Nine Lives;
    Haven; King Arthur; The Hours;
    Spy Game; The Parole Officer;
    Ordinary Decent Criminal;
    The Darkest Light; Welcome
    to Sarajevo; Firelight; Hamlet.
    Television includes: The Crown;
    The Tunnel (two series) –
    International Emmy Award;
    Game of Thrones (four series);
    A Touch of Cloth; Murder; Hunted;
    God on Trial; The Shooting of
    Thomas Hurndall – BAFTA Award;
    John Adams; The Cazalets;
    Anna Karenina; The Widowing
    of Mrs Holroyd; Heading Home.

  • Gina McKee - Read bio

    Gina McKee - Biography

    Gina McKee

    For the Donmar: King Lear
    (also UK tour); Ivanov; Old Times.
    Theatre includes: The Mother
    (Bath/Tricycle); Di and Viv and
    Rose (Hampstead); Richard III
    (Trafalgar Studios); Separate
    Tables (Chichester Festival);
    The Lover and the Collection
    (Comedy); Aristocrats, Uganda
    (NT); Five Kinds of Silence (Lyric
    Hammersmith); Hammett’s
    Apprentice (Royal Court).
    Film includes: Taj Mahal; Jimmy
    Picard; In the Loop; And When
    Did You Last See Your Father?;
    Atonement; Scenes of a Sexual
    Nature; Mickybo and Me; Mirror
    Mask; The Blackwater Lightship;
    The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya
    Sisterhood; The Reckoning;
    The Zookeeper; There’s Only One
    Jimmy Grimble; Women Talking
    Dirty; Wonderland; Notting Hill;
    The Loss of Sexual Innocence;
    The Croupier; Naked.
    Television includes: Emerald
    City; Hebburn; Care; The Borgias;
    Coup; Line of Duty; Missing; Vera;
    The Silence; Dive; Fiona’s Story;
    The Street; The Old Curiosity
    Shop; Lewis; Aftermath; The
    Lavender List; The Baby War;
    The Lost Prince; The Forsyte
    Saga; Dice; The Passion;
    Mothertime; Beyond Fear;
    The Treasure Seekers; Element
    of Doubt; Chest; Brass Eye;
    Our Friends in the North.


  • A mesmerising revival
    Financial Times
  • [Lyndsey] Turner’s immaculate production… a masterpiece
  • Flawless, spellbinding… this is something special
    The Daily Telegraph
  • A stunning evening's theatre
    The Stage
  • Stephen Dillane delivers a potent performance
    Evening Standard
  • As life-affirming as it is atmospheric
    The Metro
  • Ron Cook simply lights up the stage
    The Times
  • Stephen Dillane gives a masterfully unhurried performance
    Time Out
  • Es Devlin's eloquent, elegant design
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