Explore our new season of plays for 2013

Experience New Irish Writing and our Shakespeare Season.

Drum Belly, a fascinating new play from Richard Dormer about the Irish mafia in late ‘60s New York and Elaine Murphy’s heart warming and hilarious new comedy Shush celebrating the spirit of Irish women, are two of the major highlights in our next season of plays announced today.

Our Shakespeare Season has something for all ages. New productions of King Lear and Richard II, as well as a special focus on Shakespeare for children through the work of Tim Crouch will see I, Malvolio and I, Peaseblossom feature in 2013 also.

George Bernard Shaw’s dark comedy Major Barbara, to be produced for the first time ever on the Abbey stage next year, marks our long term commitment to staging Shaw’s plays annually. If you enjoyed Pygmalion last year, you are sure to enjoy this also.

We continue our exploration of Dance in 2013 with a collaborative Irish dance production from Liz Roche Company in January, and cutting edge international companies Tero Saarinen Company and Ultima Vez from Dublin Dance Festival in May.

Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre spoke about the upcoming season: “I am proud to have writers Richard Dormer and Elaine Murphy make their debuts on the Abbey stage in 2013 and to have talented writers and theatre artists collaborating on major shows with us. Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director, Sean Holmes comes to Dublin to direct Richard Dormer’s Drum Belly. We welcome back Elaine Murphy and director Jim Culleton to collaborate on Shush, our second new play back to back on the Abbey stage next year.”

He continued: “The wonderful theatre artist Selina Cartmell makes her debut at the Abbey directing King Lear, renewing her former artistic relationship with actor Owen Roe who returns to us after eight years. We look forward to an exciting first ever production of Major Barbara from the innovative Annabelle Comyn who returns to the Abbey to direct a second production of George Bernard Shaw – a writer whose work we are committed to exploring on an annual basis. Again this year we are delighted to continue our commitment to dance by furthering our relationships with both the talented Liz Roche Company and Dublin Dance Festival.”

Early Bird tickets are available from now until 8 January 2013 for all our new shows.

Your Comments & Reviews

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Fantastic idea Alison, I have actually seen the work of INYB and it would be a terrific to have them on the national theatre stage, and a real vote of confidence in youth ballet in Ireland

Great season ahead! On the subject of dance, considering the abbey was the home of dame ninette de valois’ early ballet school, wouldn’t it be fantastic to have the Irish National Youth Ballet perform on the abbey stage!! They are the modern day equivalent, and continue the work she started training the best of Irelands ballet dancers!! Just an idea!! Katherine Lewis is the artistic director

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