Meryl Streep set for Belfast to celebrate the opening of £18m Metropolitan Arts Centre
Oscar winner Meryl Streep is set to make a high-profile return to Belfast shortly after her portrayal of Maggie Thatcher is screened at the movies in January.
The American star of The Iron Lady is hoping to visit the city to celebrate the opening of the £18m Metropolitan Arts Centre in the vibrant Cathedral Quarter.
Four years ago the Hollywood legend came to Belfast to raise funds for the MAC and to endorse the project, which was still in the planning stages then.
She went to its forerunner, the Old Museum Arts Centre, to take part in a question and answer session with leading figures in the arts world here, and she even made a passable attempt at a Belfast accent.
Ms Streep (62) also revealed that her family roots in Co Donegal had helped her “find” an Irish accent in a film version of Brian Friel’s play Dancing At Lughnasa.
Anne McReynolds, the chief executive at the MAC, said yesterday that officials were keeping their fingers crossed that Streep could fit a return to Belfast into her busy schedule.
“I stay in touch with her all the time and keep her up to speed on how the new building is progressing. She is very excited about it all. And she is totally passionate and committed to the MAC and its plans for the future. She completely gets the idea,” she said.
“Meryl has been a great friend to the MAC and to Belfast.”
The six-storey MAC building will include two theatres, three major visual art galleries, a dance studio, education, workshop and rehearsal spaces plus offices for resident arts groups.
The new MAC is expected to attract upwards of 200,000 people every year.