The House

The House

  • From Thursday, 7 June 2012
  • To Saturday, 14 July 2012
  • Showing on the Abbey Stage
  • Running time: 3 hrs 5 mins incl. 20 min interval

The House

Tom Murphy’s heart-rending tale about the search for home and sense of belonging.

‘I’m saying even if I’m away, I belong here’

Summer time, 1950s Ireland. Emigrants are returning home for their annual visit. While some just want to prop up the local bars, Christy Cavanagh has something more in mind.

His first call is to the house of Mrs. de Burca and her three daughters, the place he thinks of as home. When he discovers the place is up for sale, he feels he must take action or face being totally cut adrift.

The Abbey Theatre has produced 23 Tom Murphy plays since the staging of Famine on the Peacock stage in 1968. The House, an Abbey Theatre commission debuted at the Abbey Theatre in 2000. Now, over a decade later the themes of a search for belonging and emigration still echo in today’s society.

Booking Details:

Wednesday 13 June – Saturday 14 July
Previews: Thursday 7 June – Tuesday 12 June
On the Abbey stage

Assisted performances:

Sign Language interpreted performance: Thursday 5 July
Audio-described and Captioned performance: Saturday 7 July

Matinee Club: Saturday 7 July

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2pm

Ticket prices: €13 – €40
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Best play we have seen for some time, despite problems with set!
Delighted we made the effort to see it.


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A wonderful, wonderful production, which I saw when I was briefly in Ireland ,and a must see show. Full congratulations to Annabelle and all her team of talented actors.  This production cannot be praised too highly.  As a theatre critic in Perth, I was staggered by this productions depth and wonderment...congratulations to all involved.

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play one can reflect on and see it on the streets and in the towns of Ireland today.

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Oh what a treat! It is a long long time since I was so involved with a play from beginning to end. The mood was very aptly created by the music, the scenes and the costumes. The acting was superb ,laughter, pathos,comedy, darkness all entwined to create a journey back in time. The emigrant boats were packed with the youth of Ireland trying to find a living abroad .they never forgot their “Irishness” .The pub scenes so real. There is so much in this magnificent production that I intend going to see it again ann kiernan

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‘It is quite simply one of the best shows produced by the Abbey in years’

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The Sunday Business Post

‘Tom Murphy’s The House is given the five-star treatment by a masterful director and inspired cast’

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Sunday Times

‘Director Annabelle Comyn handles the material with a sureness of touch’

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Irish Examiner

‘The House is a fine piece of theatre’

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Evening Herald

‘Eleanor Methven gives a standout turn as Mrs De Búrca’

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Metro Herald

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