The Abbey Theatre presents a new production of THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS By Sean O’Casey

Directed by Olivier award-winning director Sean Holmes

Opening on the Abbey Stage 15 March 2016 followed by an Irish and North American tour.

The Abbey Theatre is proud to present this new production of a true masterpiece, The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey. Both the play and O’Casey himself are indelibly linked with the Abbey Theatre and when the play premiered on the Abbey stage in 1926, the audience rioted.

Over the decades many directors have revisited this classic play presenting, on that very same stage, new productions and different interpretations of the piece. But now, 90 years on from its contentious premiere, the Abbey Theatre invites you to take a fresh look at this story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time.

In so doing, the Abbey Theatre invites audiences to put aside any preconceptions and look at the play with fresh eyes, to rediscover the human story, in the context of 2016, 100 years on from the events O’Casey wrote about.

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 Sean O’Casey’s highly absorbing play, one of the highlights of the Abbey Theatre Waking the Nation centenary programme.

Director of the Abbey Theatre, Fiach MacConghail said:

“The Plough and the Stars is inextricably linked with the Abbey Theatre and is an essential part of our understanding of 1916. As we mark the centenary of 1916, I believe it is important that we revisit the complex history of that time in order to understand who we are today. Like all great plays The Plough and the Stars is urgently concerned with its own time and yet it remains fiercely contemporary. To understand it fully we must approach it afresh and be surprising, dangerous… even radical. As Ireland’s National Theatre, it is important that as many people as possible see this production. We will tour this play across Ireland and the United States to Cork, Wexford, Limerick, Galway, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Ohio. We will also reach into communities around Dublin with special ‘unplugged’ performances in Tallaght and the Coombe.

I’d also like to say a special thank you to our lead sponsor Irish Life for their support on the Dublin run and Irish tour of The Plough and the Stars. I would also like to acknowledge all our other funders and sponsors including Northern Trust, Malin Corporation plc and McCann FitzGerald who have made this production possible.”

The cast features Ian-Lloyd Anderson (as Jack Clitheroe), Tony Clay (as Sergeant Tinley), Lloyd Cooney (as Lieut. Langon), David Ganly (as Fluther Good), James Hayes (as Peter Flynn), Liam Heslin (as Capt. Brennan), Ger Kelly (as A Bar-tender), Janet Moran (as Mrs. Gogan), Ciarán O’Brien (as The Young Covey), Mahnoor Saad (as Mollser), Kate Stanley Brennan (as Nora Clitheroe) Nima Taleghani (as Corporal Stoddart), Eileen Walsh (as Bessie Burgess) Nyree Yergainharsian (as Rosie Redmond).

Creative team: Jon Bausor (Set Design) Paul Keogan (Lighting Design), Catherine Fay (Costume Designer), Philip Stewart (Composer and Sound Designer), Ronan Phelan (Associate Director)

The production will open on the Abbey Stage on 15 March (with previews from 9 – 14 March) and run until 23 April before embarking on an Irish and North American tour.

Part of the Ireland2016 Centenary Programme.

The Abbey Theatre acknowledges the support of The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon


Tel: (01) 878 7222 /

9 March – 23 April
Previews 9 – 14 March
on the Abbey stage

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed & Sat 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €45 / €13 – €23 Conc.

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 14 April, 7.30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 16 April, 2pm


Cork Opera House – Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 April

The National Opera House, Wexford – Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 May

Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick – Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 May

Town Hall Theatre, Galway – Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 May


In association with Cusack Projects Limited

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, Massachusetts

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, University of Pennsylvania

Peak Performances at Montclair State University, New Jersey

Southern Theatre, Columbus, Ohio presented by CAPA and The Ohio State University

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