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From 4 September 2019


A beautiful one-man show, an elegy to life, love and loss, Incantata tells the story of a man celebrating and remembering a great love affair. Incantata is written by one of Ireland’s most revered writers, the New York based, Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon which premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival.

Irish actor Stanley Townsend is mesmerising in this highly visual production directed by Sam Yates, designed by Rosanna Vize with video design by Jack Phelan. Incantata features a haunting and stunning score by the composer Teho Teardo, lighting design is by Paul Keogan with sound design by Sinéad Diskin.

The Gate Theatre presents a Galway International Arts Festival and Jen Coppinger production. Interpreted for the stage by Stanley Townsend and Sam Yates.

Cast & Creatives

Cast: Stanley Townsend

  • Director
    Sam Yates
  • Set & Costume Designer
    Rosanna Vize
  • Composer
    Teho Teardo
  • Lighting Designer
    Paul Keogan
  • Video Designer
    Jack Phelan
  • Sound Designer
    Sinéad Diskin
  • Casting
    Maureen Hughes
  • Casting
    Sarah Jones

Dates & Tickets

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Preview: Wednesday 4 September 2019
Opening Night: Thursday 5 September 2019
Matinees: Sat – 2.30pm
Evenings: Mon to Sat – 7.30pm

Running Time: 60 minutes, no interval

Age Guidance: Incantata is recommended for audiences aged 14+. Read about the Gate Theatre’s Age Policy here.

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Production Events and Group Information

Wednesday 04 September 2019
Late at the Gate | Post-Performance Discussion with Paul Muldoon, Stanley Townsend, and Sam Yates
Following the performance of Incantata on Wednesday 4 September, our audience will be invited to enjoy a short break before returning to the auditorium and joining Stanley Townsend, Sam Yates and Paul Muldoon for insight into the work and the creative process of bringing Incantata from page to stage. This event is complimentary to all Wednesday 04 September performance ticket-holders. Book performance tickets to attend.

Group Bookings
Group discounts are available for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday performances. If you would like to arrange for a large group (10 or more) to attend an upcoming performance at the Gate, contact us directly on 01 874 4045 or email boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie.