The Last Hotel

The Last Hotel

Past Performances

Les Théâtres de la Ville

10–11 January 2017

St. Ann's Warehouse
New York

8–17 January 2016

The Royal Opera House

9–17 October 2015

O'Reilly Theatre
Dublin Theatre Festival

27 September–3 October 2015

The Lyceum
Edinburgh International Festival

7–12 August 2015

World Premiere

The Lyceum, Edinburgh International Festival, 8 August 2015

The Last Hotel

a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda WalshLandmark Productions and Wide Open Opera

A woman meets a couple in the car park of a two-star hotel.
They have come to seal a pact.
All three are nervous.
Tonight there will be a death.

The worlds of theatre and opera collide. The Last Hotel reunited two of Ireland’s leading creative artists, the writer and director Enda Walsh, and the composer Donnacha Dennehy, in an eagerly-awaited world premiere. Dennehy and Walsh first worked together on Walsh’s Misterman, which was a resounding success in Galway, London and New York. Both artists are at the peak of their careers.

Enda Walsh is ‘one of the most dazzling wordsmiths of contemporary theatre’ (The Guardian), a multi-award winning playwright, screenwriter and Tony Award winner in 2012 for the book of the musical Once. Donnacha Dennehy, whose ‘wild, stunning … spine-chilling’ work was chosen to open the 2013 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, ‘is clearly a major talent’ said The Times.

Conducted by André de Ridder, the opera stars Robin Adams, Claudia Boyle, Katherine Manley and the actor Mikel Murfi. The orchestra is the 12-strong Crash Ensemble, founded by Dennehy, which the New York Times called ‘the Irish new-music band that plays with the energy and spirit of a rock group’.


Woman Claudia BoyleHusband Robin AdamsWife Katherine ManleyCaretaker Mikel MurphyWife (London) Aoife Miskelly


Composer Donnacha DennehyWriter and Director Enda WalshConductor André de RidderConductor (Dublin) Alan PiersonSet and Costume Designer Jamie VartanLighting Designer Adam SilvermanSound Designers Helen Atkinson, David SheppardAssociate Director Sophie MotleyOrchestra Crash Ensemble


The Last HotelPhotos: Patrick Redmond


‘potently compact, searingly powerful new chamber work by two of Ireland’s foremost creative voices’The Guardian
‘darkly absorbing … a work of wide imagination, unsettling meditation and archly quotidian detail … an agitated and seductive experience’The Irish Times
‘feral force, spine-shuddering bass beats, black humour and stonking energy … stunningly delivered’The Times
‘Donnacha Dennehy’s and Enda Walsh’s dark, intoxicating new chamber opera … invites you to think with head and heart’The Observer