The Dead

  • From Wednesday, 5 December 2012
  • To Saturday, 19 January 2013
  • Showing on the Abbey Stage
  • Running time: 1 hours and 30mins


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‘spectacular staging’

Irish Mail on Sunday

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James Joyce’s short story is dramatised for the Abbey stage by Frank McGuinness

The Dead, the celebrated short story from James Joyce’s Dubliners, is a recognised masterpiece.

This Christmas, the Abbey Theatre presents this classic in a new dramatisation by one of Ireland’s most important playwrights, Frank McGuinness.

The year is 1904. It is a snowy winter’s night in the city of Dublin. Gretta and Gabriel Conroy are among the guests at the Morkan Sisters’ annual dinner on the Feast of the Epiphany and the last day of Christmas. An evening of laughter, music and dance ends in an epiphany for Gabriel.

Joe Dowling, former Director of the Abbey Theatre, returns to direct a stellar cast of Irish actors in the must see theatre event of the year.

Booking Details:

Wednesday 5 December – Saturday 19 January 2013
Previews: Wednesday 5 – Monday 10 December
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2pm
On the Abbey stage

Assisted performances:
Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 10 January
Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 12 January
Matinee club: Saturday 12 January

Ticket prices: €13 – €40 / Conc. €13 – €23


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We had been given tickets to Abbey’s THE DEAD as Christmas gift on our trip to Ireland but we never expected it to be the outstanding memory of our journey.  Having seen many productions in London and Berlin’s excellent theatres, we wallowed in the beauty of this one with its stand-out characters - for us the highlight of the show was Bartell D’Arcy’s entrance, defining everything about a character in one short walk, though Morgan Crowley still brought warmth and humour to the role and sang exquisitely to cap it all - the set and costume design were just delightful and the Morkan trio and Mallins duo were sheer joy to watch!  Thank you Abbey Theatre for a great show - please send it to London/Berlin...?!  Megan & Bryan.

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I have, in the past been quick to criticise productions at the theatre , so feel it only right and proper to congratulate all involved in the staging of the dead on a really superb production.
As a stand alone piece of entertainment it is really first class.
I have seen it twice as I had the privilege of attending the voice workshop with the wonderful Andrea on jan 5th and attended the matinee as part of the package. This production really deserves the success it is enjoying.

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An exciting & mesmerising production of The Dead.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute- the actors were fantastic, their singing was terrific & the whole staging was just beautiful!
Will be highly recommending my friends to go soon!!!

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a mesmerizing poetic stylised production from start to finish… i loved how the actors choreographed their way throughout the play. Such choral and solo singing made me feel what it must have been like back then at Usher’s Island. Well done for bringing our literary hero to life on to the Dublin stage… another first for the Abbey.

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We finished our trip to Ireland with a trip to its National Theatre to enjoy some James Joyce - and what a treat!  We never expected such a world-class production, absolutely gorgeous set design and some performances that will stay with us the rest of our lives - the Mallins mother-and-son duo were so well interpreted and highly entertaining ; the star tenor Mr Darcy was a true matinee idol with the voice of John McCormack ; the “three graces” of the Morkan family were enchanting and beautifully played - nothing disappointed in this production and if we could see it again, we would.  Congratulations to the Abbey on a marvellous show - every good wish, M & T Wallace, Sydney, Australia

I have watched Pascal Kennedy grow from a young boy in first year in Portumna Community School to a young man with a huge talent,not just a young man but a gentleman with a powerful voice. I am really looking forward to seeing him make his debut appearance in THE DEAD in the Abbey early in the new year.
Abe Kennedy, Portumna.

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Enjoyed the show last night went with my four sisters.

What a way to enjoy my 60th birthday celebration. The production was enchanting. Great acting the show captures time past I felt we were on stage and celebrating the last day of christmas 1904.

Will be coming over from Belgium to watch The Dead… And do the voice/text workshop on 5th December!  Can’t wait… :-)

So delighted to see Morgan perform in Dublin with the Abbey. Looking forward to seeing this play, with a group of friends from Athlone, and Moate.

I am very excited about this production. I loved the short story The Dead. I have just realised now that my fellow Killorglin man Muiris Crowley is in the cast, so count me in.



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‘spectacular staging’

Irish Mail on Sunday

‘a beautiful production’

The Sunday Business Post

‘The Dead is beautifully staged’

Irish Examiner

‘A wonderful cast of actors brings this world to life’

Irish Independent

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