Noel Coward’s famous play ‘The Vortex’ which has delighted audiences worldwide since 1924, is coming to the Gate Theatre this February.

The play, which opens on Thursday, 13th February, is directed by Annabelle Comyn, winner of an Irish Theatre Award in 2012. This play was Coward’s first big success when it was first performed 90 years ago.

The Vortex‘ takes the audience to the flamboyant and charming world of Florence Lancaster, played by Susannah Harker, and her son Nicky, played by Rory Fleck-Byrne.

Florence is a socialite and a fading beauty, having an affair with a younger man named Tom, played by Ian Toner, while Nicky is a successful composer.

Rebecca O'Mara and Rory Fleck Byrne in The Vortex at the Gate Theatre
When Nicky returns home from Paris to visit his mother with his fiancée Bunty, played by Katie Kirby, drama unfolds as Bunty falls in love with Tom. Florence and Nicky then face disaster as their superficial charm and wit are broken down to uncover real human struggles.

A drama about addiction and love, The Vortex scandalised London 90 years ago with it’s focus on drugs and sex but it is still just as thrilling and in the words of Coward himself, “un peu shocking”, today.

The Vortex runs until March 22nd at the Gate Theatre and performances are every Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets start at €25 and may be booked by calling the box office on +353 1 874 4045 or reserving them online.

The Vortex by Noel Coward in the Gate Theatre Dublin
Gate Theatre
Cavendish Row
Parnell Square
Dublin 1

Tel: 01 874 4045

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All photos courtesy Gate Theatre, © Pat Redmond

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