The Abbey Theatre announces its Dublin Theatre Festival productions

The Abbey Theatre announces its Dublin Theatre Festival productions

Abbey Theatre announces its Dublin Theatre Festival productions

New play by Frank McGuinness to premiere on Abbey Stage

The Abbey Theatre is delighted to announce its plays in this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. The Hanging Gardens, a new play by Frank McGuinness premieres on the Abbey Stage. Maeve’s House written and performed by Eamon Morrissey premieres on the Peacock Stage. The Events by David Greig is presented by Dublin Theatre Festival in association with the Abbey Theatre. Two new portraits are unveiled as part of a special Tour of the Abbey Theatre’s Historic Portrait Collection during Dublin Theatre Festival.

Speaking about the Dublin Theatre Festival, Director Fiach Mac Conghail said: “It’s fantastic to be presenting two world premiere Irish plays at this year’s festival. I am thrilled to welcome back Frank McGuinness to the Abbey with a major new play. Another important Irish artist is Eamon Morrissey and his new commissioned play Maeve’s House is a joy.”

The Hanging Gardens is the first major new work written by Frank McGuinness for the Abbey Stage in 14 years and is directed by former Artistic Director Patrick Mason. The Hanging Gardens is an unflinching and familiar insight into the Irish family from one of the country’s most important playwrights.

Eamon Morrissey’s delightful one-man show Maeve’s House was inspired by Maeve Brennan, one of Ireland’s greatest short story writers. Having later grown up in the same Dublin house in Ranelagh as Maeve, Eamon Morrissey creates a fascinating story of shared experiences and brief encounters in extracts from her writings for The New Yorker. Maeve’s House, directed by Gerard Stembridge, is a moving portrait of two artists in conversation across generations.

David Greig’s daring new play The Events by Actors Touring Company is an exploration of community and its capacity to re-adjust. It questions how far forgiveness will stretch in the wake of tragedy and highlights our destructive but inescapable desire to fathom the unfathomable.

During this year’s festival, the Abbey Theatre unveils two new portraits of celebrated playwrights Sebastian Barry and Tom Mac Intyre by leading contemporary visual artists Colin Davidson and Mick O’Dea. With renowned RHA artist Mick O’Dea as a guide, it is a once off opportunity to see these two new portraits during a tour of the Abbey Theatre’s Historic Portrait Collection.

More news, including touring productions, will be announced soon.

The Hanging Gardens on the Abbey Stage
Performances: 3 October – 9 November
Previews: 3-8 October
Opening Night: 9 October
Times: Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2pm

Maeve’s House on the Peacock Stage

Performances: 24 September – 12 October
Previews: 24-25 September
Opening Night: 26 September
Times: Mon-Sat 6pm

The Events on the Peacock Stage
Performances: 1-5 October
Times: Tues-Sat 8.30 pm, Sat matinee 2.30 pm

Tour of the Abbey Theatre’s Historic Portrait Collection
Venue: Abbey Theatre
Date: 2 October
Time: 1pm
(capacity is limited to 25)

Priority booking is available to Abbey Theatre Members from 10 July
General booking is from 17 July

Booking information
Tel: 01 87 87 222

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Mary Folan, Press Officer, Abbey Theatre
Mobile: 087 737 6288

Kate O’Leary, Press & Marketing Assistant, Abbey Theatre
Tel: 01 879 7324

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