The Plough and the Stars Tour

The Plough and the Stars Tour

Major production of a classic of the Abbey Theatre repertoire embarks on national and UK tour
Tuesday 18th September 2012 – Saturday 3rd November 2012

We are delighted to announce an Irish and UK tour of The Plough and The Stars by Sean O’Casey. Directed by Wayne Jordan Associate Artist at the Abbey, The Plough and The Stars opens on Wednesday 1st August (previews from Thursday 26th July) on the Abbey stage for a seven week run.

‘The Plough and The Stars by Sean O’Casey enjoyed a successful sell-out run in summer 2010 here at the Abbey with an audience of over thirty thousand people and we’re delighted to be able to bring this production on tour across Ireland and to the UK’, said Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre.

Following the run on the Abbey stage the tour will visit seven venues across Ireland and the UK over three months. In Ireland, The Plough and The Stars will visit Lime Tree, Limerick, An Grianán in Letterkenny and Siamsa Tire in Tralee. In the UK, the tour will visit Cambridge Arts Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal in Bath and the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

A classic of the Abbey Theatre repertoire The Plough and The Stars is set in a tenement house, against the backdrop of the Easter Rising in 1916. The Plough and The Stars is both an intimate play about the lives of ordinary people and an epic play about ideals and the birth of our nation. Amidst the tumult of political upheaval, Jack and Nora Clitheroe are ‘like two turtle doves always billing and cooing’, much to the ridicule of their bustling neighbours. But when Ireland calls, Jack must choose between love for his wife and duty to his country. Heartbreaking, disturbing and very funny, The Plough and The Stars is a historic play that every generation needs to see.

Sean O’Casey’s work is synonymous with the Abbey Theatre, his plays The Shadow of a Gunman (1923), Juno and the Paycock (1924) and The Plough and the Stars (1926) all premiered at the Abbey Theatre. A co-production between the Abbey Theatre and the National Theatre of Great Britain of O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock completed its run in London in February 2012. Over sixty thousand people saw the show between Dublin and London, including two Irish Presidents.

The Plough and the Stars at OReilly Theatre, Belvedere

Wednesday 1 August – Saturday 15 September
Opening night Wednesday 1 August
Previews Thursday 26 – Tuesday 31 July

Tour Dates

Grand Opera House, Belfast
Tuesday 18 September – Saturday 22 September

An Grianán, Letterkenny
Tuesday 25 September – Saturday 29 September
Assisted performance: Thursday 27th September

Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge
Tuesday 2 October – Saturday 6 October

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
Tuesday 9 October – Saturday 13 October

Theatre Royal, Bath
Tuesday 16 October – Saturday 20 October

Siamsa Tire, Tralee
Tuesday 23 October – Saturday 27 October
Assisted performance:Thursday 25th October

The Lime Tree, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Tuesday 30 October – Saturday 3 November
Assisted performance: Thursday 1 November

Your Comments & Reviews


The performance of The Plough and the Stars at the Bath Theatre Royal was very fine indeed. Thank you to the great company of actors and to the production team.  We hope that The Abbey Theatre will be invited to tour to Bath again.

My wife were privileged to be in the audience on Saturday 13th October 2012 matinee performance of Plough and the Stars and would like to thank all concerned for revitalising our belief in theatre and theatre performances. My wife Anne is principal of her own Drama School in Burton on Trent (The Anne Lee School of Speech and Drama) and to see her so enthused, excited and effusive about a play again was marvelous. Thank you for the effort, sublime technique and inverntive staging of this wonderful play. Thanks a million
Anne and Colin Draycott

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