• From Wednesday, 18 June 2014
  • To Saturday, 2 August 2014
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 2 hours 15 mins incl. interval
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Concession tickets available Mon-Thurs & Sat matinees


…this has always been a house of reticence, of things unspoken

From Philadelphia, Here I Come! to Translations, Brian Friel’s plays have delighted generations of Abbey Theatre audiences. This summer we return to the village of Ballybeg with Aristocrats.

The once influential O’Donnells have gathered to celebrate a wedding in their crumbling home, Ballybeg Hall. The father, Justice O’Donnell is on his death-bed. This upper class family has survived wars and famine but the old order is collapsing. Can they forge a new life for themselves?

First premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 1979, Aristocrats is a revealing family drama which subtly confronts a politically charged time in Ireland. Patrick Mason, the acclaimed director of Dancing at Lughnasa returns to direct one of Brian Friel’s finest plays.

Booking Details

Live from 18 June – 2 August
Previews: 18 – 23 June
on the Abbey stage

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €25

Sign language interpreted performance: Thurs 24 July, 7.30pm
Audio- described and captioned performance: Sat 26 July, 2pm

Abbey Talks

The Music of Ballybeg Hall: Conor Linehan

Remain in your seats for a post-show treat as composer and concert pianist Conor Linehan performs the melodies from Aristocrats.

Saturday 12 July
Post matinee and evening performances
Free with performance ticket

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Concession tickets available Mon-Thurs & Sat matinees

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