Major Barbara

Major Barbara

  • From Saturday, 3 August 2013
  • To Saturday, 21 September 2013
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 3 hours incl a 20 min interval

Major Barbara

‘My religion? Well, my dear, I am a Millionaire.’ – Andrew Undershaft

Major Barbara is a woman on a mission to save the poor of society. She is a devoted officer in the Salvation Army until a reunion with her arms-manufacturing, millionaire father, Andrew Undershaft, shakes the foundations of her beliefs.

Major Barbara is renowned as one of Bernard Shaw’s most intelligent and witty plays. Set in London in 1905, during the height of British military and industrial might, this bittersweet comedy reveals the conflict between power and poverty.

Award-winning director Annabelle Comyn returns to the Abbey Theatre following the sell-out success of Pygmalion in 2011. The hugely talented cast includes rising actor Clare Dunne (Juno and the Paycock), Withnail and I and Doctor Who star Paul McGann, and leading actor Eleanor Methven (The House).

Enjoy the ultimate in entertainment this summer at the Abbey Theatre with one of Ireland’s greatest writers.

Booking Details

Wednesday 31 July – Saturday 21 September
Previews: Wednesday 31 July – Tuesday 6 August
Time: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2pm

Sign-language Interpreted Performance: Thursday 12 September 7.30pm
Captioned & Audio Described Performance: Saturday 14 September 2pm

On the Abbey stage

Ticket prices: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €23

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Reviews: What you said

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One of the ushers also recognized us, though I didn’t catch her name. After the performance, I asked her if she knew a good place for a drink on our last night and she directed us to Lanigan’s around the corner. It was one of the most fun pubs we went to during our time in your country.

I also wanted to send our thanks to the cast and crew of ‘Major Barbara’ for a wonderful performance. It was possibly the best production of one of Shaw’s works that I’ve ever seen. The whole cast was superb. There’s always a danger of leaning too much on the verbosity and weightiness of the dialogue when performing one of Shaw’s plays, but the actors had such a clear mastery of the text and a knowledge of the depth of the characters, that we didn’t even realize three hours had passed by the time of the final curtain. It was a great way to spend our last evening on holiday.

We’ll be sure to see another production there the next time we’re in Dublin.

Dear Abbey Theatre,

My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing your production of ‘Major Barbara’ this past Friday night. It was the last night of our honeymoon in Ireland and we wanted to mark it with something special. I just wanted to thank the staff at the theatre and the cast for a wonderful evening and a wonderful end to our holiday.

I wanted to mention two members of the staff in particular. We purchased tickets from the box office from Eofa and Patricia, and when we mentioned that it was the last night of our honeymoon, they invited us to come back early for a complimentary glass of prosecco. Eofa met us in the lobby at 7:00 and brought us upstairs to the bar. It was incredibly thoughtful of them.


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…a triumph

Sunday Independent

…riveting production

* * * *

Irish Times

…intellectual and emotional

Irish Independent

…a major success

* * * *

Sunday Business Post

…brilliantly convincing

* * * *

Irish Mail on Sunday

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