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Brian Friel

John Haidar


Mariah Gale plays Sonya alongside Rory Keenan as Andrey in Brian Friel's one-act masterpiece Afterplay.

When Andrey and Sonya were young, they were told how their lives should be – marriage, children and happily ever after. Decades later they meet by chance in a Moscow café. Their dreams have given way to a rather different reality.  When they look in a mirror, someone they don’t recognise looks back. In the course of their encounter, they catch sight of what might have been, and the possibility of a different future.

In this masterful one-act play, Brian Friel (Translations, Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa) revisits characters from Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya and makes them his own; hauntingly evoking what might have happened if two of Anton Chekhov’s most iconic characters from two of his greatest plays had met.

A new production for The Coronet Theatre directed by John Haidar.

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General Information


Sat 07 March – Sat 04 April 7:30pm

Matinee Performance: Thu 02 April 2:30pm


School and Group bookings are available, please contact for more information


£20 previews (07-11 Mar)
£30, £25 standard
£15 under 30s (Mon only)
£15 schools
Concessions available Monday – Thursday

Running Time:

Approximately 1 hour


  • Sonya
    Mariah Gale
  • Andrey
    Rory Keenan

Creative team

  • Director
    John Haidar
  • Designer
    Lucy Osborne
  • Lighting Designer
    Malcolm Rippeth
  • Composer and Sound Designer
    Adam Cork
  • Casting Director
    Ginny Schiller CDG

Additional Information

Ian Charleson Award winner Mariah Gale’s career on stage includes Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Hamlet, and Miranda in The Tempest (RSC), Eden (Hampstead Theatre), Measure For Measure (The Globe), Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory), ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (Southwark Playhouse) Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park) and Three Sisters (Young Vic). TV work includes January 22nd, Dr Who, Lucky Man, Broadchurch, The Hollow Crown, Death Comes to Pemberly. In film, Rare Beasts, Hercules, Abraham’s Point and Hamlet.


Irish actor Rory Keenan has worked extensively on stage and screen. His most recent of many stage appearances include in Plenty (Chichester Festival Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (West End/ BAM New York), Saint Joan (Donmar Warehouse) and The Seagull (Dublin International Theatre Festival). On TV he has just completed The Duchess for Netflix, as well as Versailles, Come Home, Lucky Man, War and Peace, Peaky Blinders and Birdsong. Film work includes Boski Plan, Refriending, The Young Messiah, Grimsby, Second Coming, The Guard, Intermission and Ella Enchanted.


Director John Haidar’s credits include Othello (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Richard III (Headlong), Mercury Fur, Saved (Guildhall), Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios and Irish Repertory Theatre, New York), Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse), The Little Match Girl (Birmingham REP and UK Tour) and The New Electric Ballroom (RADA). As associate/assistant director, his credits include: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Harold Pinter Theatre); The Plough and the Stars (National Theatre); Photograph 51 (Noël Coward Theatre).


Brian Friel is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists, having written over 30 plays across six decades including Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer.  He was a member of Aosdana, the society of Irish artists, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Irish Academy of Letters, and the Royal Society of Literature where he was made a Companion of Literature. He was awarded the Ulysses Medal by University College, Dublin and has won multiple awards for his work including the Olivier Award, the Tony Award, the Evening Standard Theatre Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.


Produced by The Coronet Theatre

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