Philadelphia, Here I Come!


Brian Friel’s PHILADELPHIA HERE I COME premiered at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin on 28th September 1964. It ran on Broadway for 326 performances and earned several Tony Award nominations.

Danny Tan is your typical middle class boy, born and bred in Cheras. Feeling unfulfilled, he decides to take up his aunt’s offer to join her in Philadelphia. He fantasises about his new life in Philadelphia… one that he doesn’t have to face his former love of his life, one without his uncommunicative father.

It takes place on the night before, and the morning of, Danny’s departure to America. The role of Danny is portrayed by two characters, Danny PUBLIC (the Danny that people see, talk to and talk about), and Danny PRIVATE (the unseen man, the man within, the conscience).

The original play, set in the fictional town of Ballybeg, County Donegal, has been adapted for the Malaysian stage by Joe Hasham OAM and takes place in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. It has been staged thrice to critical success – in 1994, 1998 and 2013 – each time to full houses. He revisits this iconic play and brings back some of its original cast members including the beloved Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican, Patrick Teoh and Andre D’Cruz along with all-new cast members.

Date: 9 July 2022 - 10 July 2022, 12 July 2022 - 17 July 2022
Venue: Pentas 2, klpac
Time: 9 July, 12 – 16 July 2022 @ 8pm, 10 & 17 July 2022 @ 3pm

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