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The Actors

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The Actors is a 2003 film written and directed by Conor McPherson and starring Dylan Moran and Michael Caine. In supporting roles are Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson and Lena Headey .

The Actors is a contemporary comedy set in Dublin. It follows the exploits of two mediocre stage actors as they devise a plan to con a retired gangster out of £50,000. The gangster owes the money to a third party, whom he has never met. The actors take advantage of this fact by impersonating this 'unidentified' third party, and claiming the debt as their own. To pull it off they enlist Moran's eerily intelligent nine-year old niece, who restructures the plan each time something goes wrong.

The two protagonists are acting in a version of Shakespeare's Richard III in which everyone dresses in Nazi uniform, a sly nod to Ian McKellen's production.

The film is centred on the Olympia Theatre, and it is noteworthy for featuring the famous glass awning over the entrance which has since been destroyed in a traffic accident. The glass awning has since been rebuilt to its full former glory.

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Empire magazine gives the film 2/5, describing it as "Based on an idea by Neil Jordan, The Actors had the potential to be gut-achingly funny. But instead it ends up raising a few paltry smiles."

^ http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/ReviewComplete.asp?FID=9000

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Act One - The Michael Nyman Band and Moss Hall Junior ChoirStar Of The Sea - Laura Cullinan, Bebhinn Ni Chiosain, Cliona Ni Chiosain & Niamh H ReynoldsZinc Bar Walk - The Michael Nyman BandA Certain Party - The Michael Nyman BandHouse On Fire - The Michael Nyman BandAct Two - The Michael Nyman BandCould This Be Love? - Lena Headey & Dylan MoranMary Directs Tom - The Michael Nyman BandUna's Waltz - Una Ni Chiosain/Conor McPhersonRope Trick - The Michael Nyman BandDolores On The Beach - The Michael Nyman BandReturn To The Scene Of The Crime - The Michael Nyman BandSeems So Long - Cathy DaveyWheelchair Chase - The Michael Nyman BandTubbetstown Elegy - The Michael Nyman BandLovely Morning - Cathy DaveyMrs O'Growny Appears - The Michael Nyman BandZinc Piano - The Michael Nyman BandFinal Act - The Michael Nyman Band