“a wonderfully absorbing story about people worth caring about.”
The New York Times
Breda Cashe in association with the Gaiety Theatre are delighted to announce the rescheduled dates for the world Premiere of Maeve Binchy’s most loved novel Circle of Friends, which will now run at the Gaiety Theatre from 20 April – 14 May 2022.
The announcement of the rescheduled dates was made today, Friday 28th May on what would have been Maeve’s birthday.
Speaking of the announcement Maeve’s husband Gordon Snell said, “Among all her stories,
Circle of Friends was always one of Maeve’s own favourites. It reflects so much of her own memories of the joys and anxieties of student life, and even students from much later generations find it creates a world familiar to them. So I am delighted that this excellent new production brings that world so vividly to life for theatre audiences. I am sure that Maeve would love it too!”
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Maeve Binchy’s CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
“a wonderfully absorbing story about people worth caring about.” New York Times
Big-hearted Benny Hogan, an adored only daughter and little orphan, Eve Malone, are best friends in the small rural town of Knockglen. On their first day at University College Dublin, their lives are turned upside down when they are introduced to the beautiful and sophisticated, Nan Mahon, and the handsome, Jack Foley. As love blossoms, Benny reluctantly boards the bus home every evening to Knockglen unaware of the trouble brewing within their new circle of friends. Set in 1950’s Ireland, this enchanting tale of first love, fierce loyalty and friendship, is a rich, resonant coming-of-age story, wrapped in the warmth of Maeve’s trademark compassion and humour.
As one of Ireland’s most successful writers, Maeve Binchy has sold more than 40 million books worldwide. The hugely successful film adaptation of the novel was made in 1995 starring Minnie Driver, Colin Firth and Aidan Gillian. Charting the lives of Irish women throughout the decades, Maeve’s sharp and insightful storytelling is still resonating with old and new audiences today.
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