Gabriel Byrne’s Walking with Ghosts premieres at Edinburgh International Film Festival – Film News |

Today, acclaimed Irish actor Gabriel Byrne’s solo show, Walking with Ghosts, joins the Edinburgh International Festival program as a UK premiere from 24-28 August in this Festival’s 75th anniversary year. From award-winning Landmark productions, Byrne’s solo performance follows his childhood in Dublin through to his major Hollywood career in seven performances at the Kings Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at

Adapted from his bestselling 2020 memoir of the same name, Walking with Ghosts tells the story of Byrne growing up on the outskirts of Dublin, where he sought refuge in a world of fantasy among the fields and hills near his home. Eventually he turned to amateur theater on the advice of a friend, after failing to become a priest and a plumber. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Walking with Ghosts is a lyrical tribute to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.

Directed by three-time Emmy-winning director Lonny Price (Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, Company and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert), Walking with Ghosts’ sold-out run at Dublin’s Gaiety Theater in February 2022 marked the Byrne’s first appearance on the Irish stage in 40 years. Following the UK premiere in Edinburgh, the show moves to the Apollo Theater in London’s West End, September 6-17, presented by Landmark, Neal Street and Playful Productions. The production’s creative team also includes Sinéad McKenna (set and lighting designer), Joan O’Clery (costume designer) and Sinéad Diskin (sound designer).

Walking with Ghosts marks Landmark Productions’ return to the Edinburgh International Festival following the world premiere of Medicine in 2021, written and directed by Enda Walsh and starring Domhnall Gleeson.

Gabriel Byrne said: ‘I last performed in Edinburgh in a series of plays by Yeats directed by Jim Sheridan at the Richard Demarco Gallery. Now, many years later, it’s a real honor to be invited back to Edinburgh to play Walking with Ghosts at one of the biggest festivals in the world. It is particularly special to be on the program of the International Festival in its 75th year and also as it returns to full capacity.

Darcy J. Skinner