The Plough and the Stars returns to the Abbey Theatre this March for a very poignant run, as we commemorate the centenary of 1916.
Seán O’Casey’s masterpiece The Plough and the Stars is the third of his “Dublin Trilogy”, along with The Shadow of a Gunman (1923) and Juno and the Paycock (1924).
It was first performed in the Abbey Theatre in 1926, and was not particularly well received, causing rioting among the audience. This provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of 1916.
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?
Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes will bring a new perspective to O’Casey’s absorbing play. The Plough and the Stars is one of the highlights of the Abbey Theatre’s centenary programme with performances coinciding with Easter 2016.
The Plough and the Stars runs from 9th March until 23rd April (previews 9th – 14th March) on the Abbey stage. Performances take place at 7:30pm from Monday to Saturday, with matinees at 2pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets cost from €13 and may be reserved online.
There will be a sign language interpreted performance at 7:30pm on Thursday, 14th April, and an audio-described and captioned performance taking place at 2pm on Saturday, 16th April.
Following the run at the Abbey Theatre, The Plough and the Stars will embark on a tour of Ireland, stopping off at Cork Opera House, The National Opera House in Wexford, Limerick’s Lime Tree Theatre, and Town Hall Theatre, Galway. A tour of North America has also been planned.
26/27 Abbey Street Lower
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