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Brian Friel
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Bernard Patrick Friel

(1929-01-09)9 January 1929
Killyclogher, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Died 2 October 2015(2015-10-02) (aged 86)
Greencastle, County Donegal, Ireland
Education St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (BA, 1949)
St. Joseph's Training College, Belfast (1950)
Notable work
Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964)
Aristocrats (1979)
Translations (1980)
Dancing at Lughnasa (1990)
Spouse(s) Anne Morrison
Awards Tony Award Nominations:
Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1966)
Lovers (1969)
• NY Drama Critics Circle Award (1989)
Olivier Award (1991)
• Writers' Guild of Britain Award (1991)
Tony Award for Best Play for
Dancing at Lughnasa (1992)

Brian Friel (9 January 1929 – 2 October 2015) was an Irish dramatist, author and director of the Field Day Theatre Company. Until his death, he was thought to be one of the greatest living English-language dramatists. Friel is best known for plays such as Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing at Lughnasa, but has written more than thirty plays in a career spanning for sixty years.


Friel died after a long illness on 2 October 2015 in Greencastle, County Donegal. He was 86.

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