Juno and the Paycock

  • From Wednesday, 21 September 2011
  • To Saturday, 5 November 2011
  • Showing on the Abbey Stage
  • Running time: 2 hrs. 20 mins plus 20 minute interval

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A classic Sean O’Casey play set in tenement Dublin during the Civil War of the 1920’s.

“Th’ whole worl’s in a terrible state o’ chassis”

In September, as part of the 2011 Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival the Abbey Theatre in a co-production with the National Theatre of Great Britain will present Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey.

In this the second part of O’Casey’s great Dublin Trilogy, the ambitions of the Boyle family are set against the political and social events of the Irish Civil War in 1922. Set in a tenement house, Juno and the Paycock is an epic tale of survival and vengeance punctuated by dreadful poverty.

Juno, the spirited matriarch of the Boyle household tries to keep her family together while it is being pulled apart by growing political unrest. Her husband, Captain Jack Boyle drinks his way through his days with his side-kick Joxer Daly while their children fail tragically in their own search for a better life.

When the family learn of an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems that all their problems will be solved, but will they manage to transcend the events that conspire to keep them in their place?

Directed by Howard Davies and designed by Irish designer Bob Crowley this production stars Risteárd Cooper, Sinéad Cusack and Ciarán Hinds. After its run on the Abbey stage, it will transfer to the National Theatre.

Director of the National Theatre of Great Britain, Nicholas Hytner, said of the co-production, “I warmly welcome the National Theatre’s collaboration with the Abbey Theatre, and very much look forward to what promises to be an outstanding production of one of the undisputed masterpieces of the 20th century.”

Juno and the Paycock is supported by Culture Ireland

Assisted Performance Details

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 27 October, 7.30pm
Audiodescribed and captioned performance: Saturday 29 October, 2pm
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Booking Details

Thursday 29 September – Saturday 5 November 2011
(Previews Wednesday 21 September – Wednesday 28 September)
Special Wednesday 2pm matinees on 12, 19, 26 October
Monday – Saturday evening 7.30pm, Saturday matinees 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €40
Booking: (01) 87 87 222

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Fantastic play. Brilliant cast

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The show was powerful, sean o casey would have been a proud proud man, indeed he was my good good friend of my mothers before he passed away. I really enjoyed the show and also the atmosphere of it. The setting of the tenement building and the costumes were absolutely perfect. The acting of course, played the characters to the full extent. It was a very interesting show and I enjoyed every minute of it!

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Everything was wonderful including the long overdue return of the curtain.

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Very good adaptation of O’Casey’s Juno. I was also impressed by the tenement set.

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Fascinating casting - strong leads in Ciarán/Sinéad and it will be fascinating to see the Joxer of Risteárd after his superb Higgins in Pygmalion. Good to see a younger Maisie in Janet Moran, one of the most consistently good actresses at present.

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