Belfast-born Dan Gordon will be treading the boards at the Lyric Theatre next month in the long-awaited Sean O’Casey play Shadow Of A Gunman.

Best known for his TV portrayal of Red Hand Luke in BBC’s Give My Head Peace and as the star of Marie Jones’ A Night In November the actor will be playing the role of Adolphus Grigson, an Orangeman living in the same Dublin tenement slum as Donal Davoren – a romantic poet, mistakenly believed to be an IRA gunman in hiding by his neighbours.

In the story Donal senses that this assumed identity is winning him the respect and love of those around him and so he does nothing to discourage the deception.

Mark O'Halloran and Amy McAlister

Mark O’Halloran and Amy McAlister

However, when the city is placed under curfew his fantasy starts to feel uncomfortably real.

This will be Dan’s debut on the new Danske Bank stage since the theatre’s recent refurbishment.

Shadow of a Gunman is a co-production with the Abbey Theatre and is directed by Wayne Jordan.

Alongside Dan the show also stars Mark O’Halloran (Adam and Paul, Calvary), Amy McAllister (Philomena, Ruby Strangelove Young Witch) and David Ganly (Shakespeare in Love, The Weir).

Executive Producer Jimmy Fay said: “Sean O’Casey is one of the most brilliant Irish writers of the last 100 years, and we’re really excited to be partnering The Abbey to bring this vibrant new production to Belfast and Dublin.

“I’m a big admirer of Wayne Jordan’s work, and I’m sure that audiences will be as delighted as I am with the fresh approach to the play that Wayne has taken.

“This is a fantastic play that manages to be genuinely funny without shirking away from the realities of war, and it feels as contemporary today as it did in 1923”.

Shadow Of A Gunman runs from May 3 to June 6. Tickets are £15 – £24.50 and available from 028 9038 1081 or www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.

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