FAITH HEALER (BROADWAY)

Michael Colgan and Sonia Friedman Productions

The Shubert Organisation, Robert Bartner, Roger Berlind

Scott Rudin, Spring Sirkin

present

The Gate Theatre Dublin production of

FAITH HEALER

Ralph Fiennes returns to Broadway - alongside Cherry Jones, fresh from her tour de force in Doubt - in Brian Friel's Faith Healer, a spellbinding play in which each revelation upends all that has come before it. Faith Healer tells the moving tale of dissolute, charasmatic Frank Hardy (Fiennes), his long-time lover (Jones) and his devoted manager (McDiarmid) as they travel the back roads of Scotland and Wales peddling miracles. As the three wrestle with Hardy's genuine but elusive gift for healing, they ask potent questions about who we trust, what we know and why we believe. Faith Healer offers the unique opportunity to see three of our finest actors on one stage and delights those with faith in the enduring power of live theatre.

Ralph Fiennes returns to Broadway for the first time since his electrifying performance as Hamlet over a decade ago. That performance, also directed by Jonathan Kent, won him the 1995 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Actor. Recently hailed by The New York Times as "one of the most artisically successful actors" in films, he received Oscar nominations for Schindler's List and The English Patient. Other notable films include Quiz Show, Strange Days, The End of the Affair, Red Dragon and last year's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Constant Gardner. British stage credits inlude Brand, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Fathers and Sons, King John, The Talking Cure, the title roles in Coriolanus and Richard II and 2005's Julius Ceasar.

Cherry Jones won her second Tony Award in 2005 for her shattering performance as Sister Aloysius in Doubt, previously winning for 1995's The Heiress. She was Tony nominated for A Moon for the Misbegotten and her Broadway debut performance in Our Country's Good. Film credits include Ocean's Twelve, The Village, Signs, Swimmers, Cradle Will Rock, Erin Brockovich, The Horse Whisperer, The Perfect Storm, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and the Lifetime movie "What Makes a Family".

Best known to moviegoers for his role as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in Star Wras Episodes I, II and III, Ian McDiarmid is a former joint artistic director of the Almeida Theatre in London. There, in a 2001 production of Faith Healer, his award-winning performance as Teddy was hailed by The Guardian as "a triumph..one of the finest things on the London stage". Other UK stage credits include Ivanov, Tartuffe, School for Wives, Crimes in Hot Countries and The Castle for the RSC and acclaimed work at the Royal Court and int he West End.

Jonathan Kent has launched his production of Faith Healer starring Fiennes, McDiarmid and Irish actress Ingrid Craigie, at Dublin's Gate Theatre where it will run until 1st April 2006.

Faith Healer features set and costume design by Jonathan Fensom and lighting design by Mark Henderson.

Faith Healer was mounted on Broadway in May 1979, starring James Mason and directed by Jose Quintero. In the quarter century since, several high profile productions have established its critical standing as equal to that of Friel's other masterworks Philadelphia, Here I Come and the Tony winning Best Play Dancing at Lughnasa.