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The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre Tour)

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The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theatre Tour)

Dates:      Tues to Sat, 26 – 30 April (+ audio described & captioned performance** on Thurs, 28 Apr)

Tickets:   €25 – 35*

Time:       8 pm 

*Booking fee applies to phone and internet bookings

** The performance on Thursday, April 28th at 8pm will be audio described and captioned. Audio description is for audiences who are visually impaired or blind and captioning is like subtitling for audiences who are deaf and hard of hearing. Facilitated by Arts & Disability Ireland with funding from the Arts Council. Please inform Box Office (021-4270022) if you want to avail of audio description or captioning.


‘Th’ time is rotten ripe for revolution’

Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them?

This highly anticipated production is directed by Olivier Award-winning director, Sean Holmes, who brings a new and challenging perspective to the classic O’Casey play.

The cast features an exceptional line-up of Irish talent, with award-winning Cork actor Eileen Walsh (Disco Pigs, Magdalene Laundries, Nicholas Nickleby) as Bessie Burgess, Kate Stanley Brennan as Nora Clitheroe, Ian Lloyd-Anderson  as Jack Clitheroe,  together with a host of other celebrated actors including, David Ganly, Janet Moran, Liam Heslin, James Hayes, Ger Kelly, Ciarán O’Brien and  Nyree Yergainharsian.

When The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926, the audience rioted. Now one hundred years later, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of the 1916 Rising. In its newest production, the Abbey Theatre invites its audience to place any preconceptions aside, and to re-observe the play, exploring the human story, in the context of 2016.

The production marks one of the highlights of the Abbey Theatre’s Waking the Nation centenary programme, as it embarks on an extensive Irish and US tour, starting with the Cork Opera House.


  • Director: Sean Holmes
  • Set Designer: Jon Bausor
  • Costume Designer: Catherine Fay
  • Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan
  • Composer & Sound Designer: Philip Stewart
  • Assistant Director: Ronan Phelan

**** The Guardian

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