Brian Gleeson: ‘I always wanted the learning experience of going back to theatre’

After working with some of the greatest film directors in cinematic history, the scion of Irish thespian royalty is now going back to his roots by appearing in Tom Murphy’s A Whistle in the Dark at the Abbey

Brian Gleeson, actor: ‘I never really seriously thought about doing anything else.’ Picture: Bryan Meade

As this year’s Dublin Theatre festival looms into view, rehearsals are in full swing for a new production of the late Tom Murphy’s A Whistle in the Dark. It's a sort of homecoming to the Peacock Theatre for a play was initially rejected by the Abbey. Written in 1961, Murphy’s study of tribal patriarchy concerns Michael (Peter Coonan), an Irish emigré building a new life with his English wife in Coventry, only for his thuggish ...