Nivelli’s War | Theatre Preview
Lyric Theatre Belfast • 02 – 19 March 2017 • New Victory Theater, New York • 28 April – 11 May 2017 • Tickets £15.
This Spring sees the Lyric Theatre joining forces with award winning theatre company Cahoots NI to present Nivelli’s War in both Belfast and on Broadway – on 42nd Street in the iconic Times Square.
New York has been a receptive home to the Lyric for many years, and strong links were evident during its capital development campaign, the success of Adrian Dunbar in ‘Brendan at the Chelsea’ in 2013, and more recently, Jimmy Fay directed Owen McCafferty’s ‘Quietly’ in the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, Cahoots NI have built up a distinguished international reputation, showcasing Northern Ireland as a region with a thriving theatre industry and a skilled creative workforce.
Written by acclaimed playwright Charles Way, this spellbinding family drama unfolds through a blend of theatre, magic, illusion and original music.
The production stars Dan Gordon, who commented:
“I am thrilled to be returning to the role of ‘The Great Nivelli’ and the magical retelling of this inspiring, true story for Belfast audiences in the Lyric before we journey to Broadway. Audiences can expect to be moved and delighted by this world class production bursting with magic and history.”
Set in the final days of World War II, Nivelli’s War tells the story of Ernst – a young evacuee from Frankfurt – who finds himself all alone and far away from home, when he meets and befriends a mysterious stranger with a trick or two up his sleeve. Together, they set off to return Ernst to his family, down a road fraught with danger, hunger and uncertainty. As they continue their perilous journey through this war-ravaged land, Ernst finds that magic, friendship and hope still exist in the world. It is the story of an incredible journey and an unlikely friendship that will transform the life of its young hero forever.
The Lyric’s Executive Producer, Jimmy Fay, commented
“We are proud to be collaborating with Cahoots NI on a heartwarming story which has universal significance. Starring Dan Gordon and Charlotte McCurry, it is an inspirational piece of theatre which will capture, hold and ignite youthful imaginations. It offers a fresh, positive and energising narrative of humanity during war.”
Director of Nivelli’s War and Cahoots NI, Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney, said
“I am delighted to be working in partnership with the Lyric Theatre, Northern Ireland’s leading repertory theatre, in bringing back to the stage one of Cahoots NI’s most successful productions, Nivelli’s War. I believe this, and our future plans together, shows a real and meaningful commitment to creating and presenting world class children’s theatre to young audiences and their families.”