Faith Healer

Play by Brian Friel. Faith Healer follows the travels to remote villages in the British Isles of faith healer Frank Hardy - part con-man, part genuine artist - his wife Grace, and his manager Teddy. As each character takes the stage, conflicting portraits of their life together are revealed and dark secrets of their past are uncovered... culminating in a horrifying conclusion in Frank and Grace's Irish homeland.

1981: London Premiere with Patrick Magee

1992: London Revival with Donal McCann

2001: London Revival with Ken Stott

2016: London Revival with Stephen Dillane

2020: West End London Premiere with Michael Sheen

Brian Friel's other plays seen in London include The Home Place and Dancing at Lughnasa.


1981: London Premiere with Patrick Magee

Previewed 25 February 1981, Opened 2 March 1981, Closed 21 March 1981 at the Royal Court Theatre

The cast featured Patrick Magee as 'Frank', Helen Kirren as 'Grace', and Stephen Lewis as 'Teddy'.

Directed by Christopher Fettes, with designs by Kandis Cook, and lighting by Jack Raby.


1992: London Revival with Donal McCann

Previewed 21 January 1992, Opened 24 January 1992, Closed 15 February 1992 at the Royal Court Theatre

The cast featured Donal McCann as 'Frank', Sinead Cusack as 'Grace', and Ron Cook as 'Teddy'.

Directed by Joe Dowling, with sets by Frank Hallinan Flood, costumes by Anne Cave, lighting by Johanna Town, and sound by Bryan Bowen.

This production was originally staged at the Dublin Abbey Theatre - previewed from 22 November 1990, opened on 27 November 1990, and closed on 12 January 1991 - with the same cast, except for Judy Geeson as 'Grace'.


2001: London Revival with Ken Stott

Previewed 22 November 2001, Opened 28 November 2001, Closed 19 January 2002 at the Almeida Theatre at King's Cross (now demolished)

The cast featured Ken Stott as 'Frank', Geraldine James as 'Grace', and Ian McDiarmid as 'Teddy'.

Directed by Jonathan Kent, with designs by Rob Howell, lighting by Mark Henderson, and sound by John A Leonard.

While the Almeida Theatre's home in Islington, North London, was being refurbished they performed in a specially built, but temporary, theatre located in Omega Place, off Caledonian Road, in King's Cross, which has now been demolished.


2016: London Revival with Stephen Dillane

Previewed 23 June 2016, Opened 28 June 2016, Closed 20 August 2016 at the Donmar Warehouse

The cast featured Stephen Dillane as 'Frank', Gina McKee as 'Grace', and Ron Cook as 'Teddy'.

Directed by Lyndsey Turner, with designs by Es Devlin, costumes by Jack Galloway, lighting by Bruno Poet, music by Rupert Cross, and sound by Christopher Shutt.


2020: West End London Premiere with Michael Sheen

Opened 16 September 2020 (no previews), Closed 19 September 2020 at the Old Vic Theatre

The cast featured Michael Sheen as 'Frank', Indira Varma as 'Grace', and David Threlfall as 'Teddy'.

Directed by Matthew Warchus, with designs by Rob Howell, and lighting by Tim Lutkin and Sarah Brown.

NOTE: This production was performed live on stage against the backdrop of an empty auditorium, with no in-person audience. Instead the live performances where live-streamed via the internet. This was due to the COVID-19 situation, when all other in-person live theatre performances where cancelled.