As an actor Alan Stanford is probably best known for his work at The Gate Theatre, where over the past twenty five years he has performed in a multitude of plays. He has been awarded the Harveys Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance as Salieri in Amadeus and was nominated both for Astrov in Uncle Vanya and Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Pozzo in Waiting for Godot



With The Gate Theatre Alan has performed Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (since 1988) as well as Hamm in Endgame. Performances he repeated to considerable critical acclaim at Lincoln Center - New York, The Barbican Centre - London and at various theatres in Seville, Toronto, Melbourne, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chicago. He also completed two coast to coast tours of America. He repeated the role of Pozzo in the recently released film of the play as part of the Beckett on Film series.

Pozzo... Waiting for Godot (since 1988)
Hamm... Endgame







Oscar Wilde

He has a long association with the works of Oscar Wilde and has given readings and recitals and lectures on Wilde across Ireland. He has played many of the principle roles in Wilde’s plays including Illingworth in A Woman Of No Importance, Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband and a performance of Herod in Salome that has been acclaimed internationally. In addition he has recently performed the role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at The Abbey Theatre.

Illingworth... A Woman Of No Importance

Sir Robert Chiltern... An Ideal Husband

Herod... Salome

Lady Bracknell... The Importance of Being Earnest











Morell... Candida

Charteris... The Philanderer

Hector... Heartbreak House

The Waiter... You Never Can Tell

Higgins... Pygmalion


Trevor... Bedroom Farce

Frank... How the Other Half Loves

Ronnie... Absurd Person Singular

Dennis... Just Between Ourselves

Sir Harcourt Courtly in London Assurance






Other Roles include...

Sir Anthony Absolute... The Rivals

The Troll King... Peer Gynt

Rochester... Jane Eyre

Victor... Private Lives

Sir Harcourt Courtly... London Assurance

Dr. Hickey... The Seagull - Thomas Kilroy Version

Sir... The Dresser

Judge Brack... Hedda Gabler - role played at both The Gate Theatre and The Abbey Theatre

Captain Brazen... The Recruiting Officer

Mr. Toad in Toad... Toad Hall

The Cowardly Lion... The Wizard of Oz

The Narrator... The Rocky Horror Show




Salieri in Amadeus
Marquis de Sade
Pozzo in Waiting for Godot
Hamm in Endgame
Lady Bracknell

Lady Bracknell in
The Importance of Being Earnest

Lear in King Lear