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Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Last Hotel. It was last on stage 9–17 October 2015 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.

Introduction

A man silently mops the floor, the water bloody. The hotel room he’s preparing is not ready yet. A woman is meeting a man and his wife in the hotel’s car park. All three are nervous. Tonight there will be death.

Background

The Last Hotel unites two of Ireland’s most fascinating artists – multi-award-winning playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy. Together they create a new chamber opera about life, death, duty and guilt.

Dennehy is a composer of urgent, searching music that combines post-minimalist overtones with fragments of his native Irish idioms, particularly the sean nós (or ‘old style’) songs of Irish folk music. Walsh’s reputation as a chronicler of the darker side of the Irish psyche has been forged through works such as The Walworth Farce (2006), Misterman (2011) and Ballyturk (2014) – as well as through his work for music theatre and screen, including the libretto for Once (2011) and the screenplay for Hunger (2008).

News and features

  1. Opera Essentials: The Last Hotel

    29 September 2015

    Our quick introduction to the acclaimed new chamber opera by composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh.