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The Last Hotel

Composer Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh’s opera is an intense psychological thriller, presented by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera.

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.


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.


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

  • 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.