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Broadway lights dimmed for 'colossus' writer Brian Friel

By Aine Fox

Published 10/12/2015

Tribute: Brian Friel
Tribute: Brian Friel

The bright lights of Broadway have been dimmed in memory of playwright Brian Friel.

The Northern Irish Tony award-winning writer, who penned Dancing at Lughnasa, which was adapted for a film starring Meryl Streep, died in October at the age of 86.

The work was among a number to achieve success on Broadway, with others including Philadelphia, Here I Come.

The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York dimmed lights for one minute on Tuesday evening, in honour of a man described as "a colossus in theatre".

The tradition is said to date back decades and is for people "synonymous with Broadway".

Charlotte St Martin, president of the Broadway League, said: "Known as a gifted storyteller whose work achieved international acclaim, Brian Friel's writing explored social and political life in Ireland through lyrical dramas.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and many fans."

Friel was born in Killyclogher, near Omagh, Co Tyrone, in 1929.

He moved to Londonderry with his family aged 10 and then to Greencastle, Co Donegal, in the 1960s, where he penned most of his great works.

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