Actor Marty Rea on Shakespeare, Tom Murphy and choosing roles that frighten him

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Marty Rea: ‘We need to remember the importance of the playwright, how hard it is’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

With a theatrical history that takes in Beckettian tramps, Shakespearean kings and everything in between, Marty Rea is one of this island’s most accomplished actors. Next up for him is The Beacon, a dark new play by Nancy Harris

Perched on a settee in the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Marty Rea is explaining his role in Nancy Harris’s new play, The Beacon. After a taxing day of rehearsals, the stage and screen actor still brims with an enthusiasm, patience and generosity that combine to explain why grandes dames of theatre such as Samantha Bond and Marie Mullen love working with him.

Rea’s voice is soft, warm and resonant with a hint of a...

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