Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends comes to Lime Tree Theatre

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IN the tenth year since her passing, Breda Cashe, is delighted to bring this special stage adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s most loved novel Circle of Friends to the Lime Tree Theatre.

This is the only venue outside The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin where this production can be seen.

Speaking of the time 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!” she said.

Lovers of Maeve Binchy’s work have flocked to see her novels come to life since Minding Frankie hit the stage in 2017. That production was followed by Light A Penny Candle in 2019.

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Maeve is one of those rare writers – like Dickens, Wilde, Behan, whose work springs from larger – than –life personalities.  In Circle of Friends Maeve Binchy offers us some of her most loved literary characters, none more so than Benny, in this coming of age story.

About Circle of Friends: 

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 1950s 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.

Circle of Friends:

Wed 13th – Sat 16th April 8pm (Sat matinee 2pm)

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