Theatre On Tour

Theatre On Tour

The Abbey Theatre has had a long association with touring nationally and internationally. We first toured in 1905 and we continue to bring the best of Irish theatre around the world.

Over the last eight years the Abbey Theatre has toured far and wide, from Sydney to Limerick, New York to Belfast and many places in between.

Where you have seen us recently…


Ian Lloyd Anderson and Kate Stanley Brennan in The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey.

The Plough and the Stars


· Cork Opera House 26 – 30 April
· The National Opera House, Wexford 4 – 7 May
· Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick 10 – 14 May
· Town Hall Theatre, Galway 24 – 28 May

In association with Cusack Projects Limited

· Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as part of IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture 17 – 20 May
· Canadian Stage, Toronto 14 – 18 September
· American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, Massachusetts 24 September – 9 October
· Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, University of Pennsylvania 13 – 16 October
· Peak Performances at Montclair State University, New Jersey 20 – 23 October
· Southern Theatre, Columbus, Ohio presented by CAPA and The Ohio State University 26 – 30 October

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme embarked on an extensive six month tour of twelve venues in France, the UK and Ireland, and was performed 121 times.

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow 20 May – 4 June
Liverpool Playhouse 8 – 25 June
Ulster Memorial Tower, Thiepval, France 29 June
Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France 30 June
Lyric Theatre, Belfast 6 – 16 July
Millennium Forum, Derry 19 – 21 July
Market Place Theatre, Armagh 23 July
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine 26 July
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny 30 July
Abbey Theatre, Dublin 6 August – 24 September
Oxford Playhouse 28 September – 1 October
Cambridge Arts Theatre 4 – 8 October

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme was a co-production with Citizens Theatre, Headlong, and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.

Declan Conlon, Owen McCafferty, Robert Zawadzki and Patrick O’Kane in Quietly by Owen McCafferty

Quietly, Owen McCafferty

Directed by Jimmy Fay

Irish Repertory Theatre, New York 20 July – 25 September

Mary-Lou McCarthy in the US Library Tour of Me, Mollser by Ali White

Me, Mollser by Ali White

US Library Tour

Directed by Sarah Fitzgibbon. Part of Ireland 2016

Cast: Evan Lordan and Mary-Lou McCarthy

Boston 27 – 30 September
Local Venues: Adams Street Library, Hyde Park Library, Mattapan Library, Parker Hill Library, West Roxbury Library
Philadelphia 3 – 7 October
Local Venues: Parkway Central Library, Falls of Schuylkill Library, West Oak Lane Library, Northeast Regional Library

Local Partners are the Boston Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Amy Molloy and Stephen Rea in Cyprus Avenue by David Ireland

Cyprus Avenue, David Ireland

After its world premiere at the Abbey Theatre, Cyprus Avenue travelled to The Royal Court Theatre in London.

Royal Court Theatre, London 5 April – 7 May

Of This Brave Time, Jimmy Murphy

London Irish Centre 26 March
Manchester Irish World Heritage Centre 29 – 30 March

Alicia Gerard, Clara Harte and Susan Davey, who each played Mollser during three simultaneous tours of Ireland with Me, Mollser

Priming the Canon: Me, Mollser, Ali White

(Co-presented with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children)

On tour nationwide January – March 2016

By Ali White, directed by Sarah Fitzgibbon

Specially commissioned for children Me, Mollser will introduce Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars to a younger audience on a tour to schools and communities throughout Ireland. This original work is accompanied by a workshop and syllabus linked resources. Part of the Abbey Theatre’s Community and Education programme.

Set Designer, Composer and Sound Designer: Sarah Fitzgibbon
Costume Designer: Vicky Miller


John Doran, Me, Michael

Priming the Canon: Me, Michael, Tara McKevitt

Community and Education
Me, Michael toured twice in 2015, from 29 Jan – 5 March with Shane O’Reilly as Michael and from 5 Oct – 13 Nov with John Doran as Michael:

•29 Jan Our Lady of Lourdes National School, Inchicore
•30 Jan St Ronan’s National School, Clondalkin
•2 Feb St Malachy’s National School, Finglas
•3 – 4 Feb St Mary’s National School, Saggart
•5 Feb Milverton National School, Skerries
•6 Feb St Joseph’s, Fairview
•9 Feb St Mary’s Boys’ National School, Booterstown
•10 Feb Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dun Laoghaire
•12 Feb Our Lady of Good Counsel, Dun Laoghaire
•13 Feb Scoil Naisiunta Muire
•16 Feb St Laurence’s, Kilmacud
•17 Feb St Gabriel’s National School
•24 Feb Good Shepherd National School
•25 Feb Marist National School, Crumlin
•4 Mar Our lady of Good Counsel, Dun Laoghaire
•5 Mar Holy Trinity, Leopardstown

• 5 Oct Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
• 6 Oct The Source Arts Centre, Thurles
• 7 Oct Roscommon Arts Centre
• 8 – 9 Oct Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
• 12 Oct Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee
• 13 Oct Glór Theatre, Ennis
• 14 – 16 Oct Town Hall Studio, Galway – Baboró International Arts Festival
• 19 Oct An Grianan, Letterkenny
• 20 Oct Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
• 21 Oct Booterstown National School
• 22 Oct St. James’s Primary School, Dublin 8
• 23 Oct Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
• 28 Oct Central Library, Ilac Centre
• 29 Oct Tallaght Library
• 2 Nov Our Lady of Victories Boys’ National School, Ballymun
• 3 Nov Virgin Mary Boys’ National School, Ballymun
• 4 Nov Lucan Library
• 5 Nov St. Martin de Porees Primary School, Tallaght
• 6 Nov St. John of God Girls’ National School, Artane
• 9 Nov Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
• 10 Nov St. Eithne’s Girls’ National School, Raheny
• 11 Nov Mount Anville, Dublin 14
• 12 Nov Wexford Arts Centre
• 13 Nov St. Enda’s Primary School, White Friar Street, Dublin 8

Eamon Morrisey, Maeve’s House

Maeve’s House, Eamon Morrissey

Sat 9 May, 8pm Draíocht, Blanchardstown
Tues 12 May, 8pm Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
Thurs 14 – Sat 16 May, 8pm Civic Theatre, Tallaght
Tues 19 – Wed 20 May, 8.30pm Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Thurs 21 May, 8pm Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Fri 22 – Sat 23 May, 8pm Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Mon 25 May, 8pm Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Tues 26 May, 8pm The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
Fri 29 May, 8pm Axis, Ballymun
Sat 30 May, 8.30pm Ramor Theatre, Cavan


Roisin O’Neill, Sive

Sive, John b. Keane

On tour from 14 October – 13 December

Siamsa Tire – Tralee
An Grianan – Letterkenny
Lime Tree Theatre – Limerick
Lyric Theatre – Belfast
The Everyman – Cork
Town Hall Theatre – Galway
Wexford Opera House – Wexford

Maeve’s House, Eamon Morrissey

On tour 29 July – 11 September

West Cork Fitup Festival
Pavilion Theatre, Dublin as part of the DLR Mountains to Sea Festival


Robert Zawadzki, Declan Conlon and Patrick O’Kane, Quietly

Quietly, Owen McCafferty

On tour from 11 March – 22 June

Civic Theatre / Droichead Arts Centre / Roscommon Arts Centre / Iontas / Hawk’s Well / An Grianán / Linenhall / Solstice Arts Centre / Ramor Theatre / Lyric Theatre / Backstage Theatre / Ruhrfestspiele / Soho Theatre

Me, Mollser, Ali White

Glór, Ennis/ Siamsa Tire, Tralee/ Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge/ The Source Arts Centre, Thurles/ Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo/ Dunamaise Arts Centre and Theatre, Portlaoise/ The Everyman, Cork/ Theatre Royal, Waterford

Joe Hanley, Hilda Fay, Lloyd Cooney, Charlotte McCurry, Keith Hanna, Kate Brennan and Simon Boyle, The Risen People

The Risen People, James Plunkett, adapted by Jimmy Fay from a version by Jim Sheridan

Wheatfield Prison, Dublin/ Larkin Community College, Dublin/ Kilbarrack Community Development Project, Dublin.


Robert Zawadzki, Declan Conlon and Patrick O’Kane, Quietly

Quietly, Owen McCafferty

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Scotsman Fringe First Award for best new writing and The Stage Best Actor award (Patrick O’Kane).

Maeve’s House, Eamon Morrisey

After premiering on the Peacock stage in September 2013, Maeve’s House by Eamon Morrissey toured to the Irish Arts Center in New York from the 17 October – 3 November.


Mark Fitzgerald, Barry Ward, Karl Quinn, Tony Flynn and Dara Devaney, The Plough and the Stars.

The Plough and the Stars, Sean O’Casey

Grand Opera House, Belfast/ An Grianán, Letterkenny/ Cambridge Arts Centre, Cambridge/ Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham/ Theatre Royal, Bath/ Siamsa Tíre, Tralee/ Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick


Cathy Belton, Marty Rea, Lindsay Duncan and Fiona Shaw, John Gabriel Borkman.

John Gabriel Borkman, Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Frank McGuinness

BAM, Brooklyn

Terminus, Mark O’Rowe

Emerson Arts, Boston/ Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia/ Carolina Theater of Durham, Durham/ Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago/ Wexner Centre for the Performing Arts, Columbus/ Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury/ Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Maryland / The Lowry, Salford UK / The Young Vic, London / Cambridge Arts Centre, Cambridge/ Citizens Theatre, Glasgow/ Sydney Opera House.

B for Baby, Carmel Winters

Tampere Theatre Festival, Finland/ Lyric Theatre, Belfast/ Solstice Arts Centre , Navan/ Drogheda Arts Centre, Louth/ Dunamaise Arts Centre and Theatre, Portlaoise / Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow/ Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford/ Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow / Backstage Theatre, Longford/ Roscommon Arts Centre/ Town Hall Theatre, Galway /

Everyman Palace, Cork / Siamsa Tire, Tralee / An Grianán, Letterkenny/ Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo.

Juno and the Paycock
, Sean O’Casey

National Theatre, London.


Sean McGinley and Stephen Rea, Ages of the Moon.

Ages of the Moon, Sam Shepard

Atlantic Theater, New York

Outsiders, David McWilliams

Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny / Everyman Palace, Cork / Town Hall Theatre, Galway / Glór, Ennis / Backstage Theatre, Longford / Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise / Siamsa Tíre, Kerry / Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire / Garter Lane, Waterford / Draíocht, Blanchardstown / Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare / An Grianán, Letterkenny.


Andrea Irvine, Kate Stanley Brennan and Karl Shiels, Terminus.

Terminus, Mark O’Rowe

Everyman Palace, Cork/ Waterfront Studio, Belfast / Backstage Theatre, London/ Black Box, Galway/ Melbourne Arts Festival, Australia


Stephen Rea, Kicking a Dead Horse

Kicking a Dead Horse, Sam Shepard

Almeida Theatre, London

Public Theater, New York

Terminus, Mark O’Rowe

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Public Theater, New York

The Seafarer, Conor McPherson

Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Cork Opera House

An Grianán, Letterkenny

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