The Shadow of a Gunman

The Shadow of a Gunman

  • From Friday, 12 June 2015
  • To Saturday, 1 August 2015
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)

The Shadow of a Gunman

…what danger can there be in being the shadow of a gunman?

Donal Davoren struggles over his poetry as he battles to find peace in a busy Dublin tenement. Outside, Ireland descends into a vicious guerrilla war.

Donal’s neighbours believe he is a gunman on the run. The way Minnie Powell looks at him encourages him to play along. However, when the city is placed under curfew, his fantasy starts to feel uncomfortably real.

Wayne Jordan (The Plough and the Stars, Twelfth Night) returns to the plays of Sean O’Casey with a fresh and vibrant production of The Shadow of a Gunman.

‘Director Jordan knows how to make a classic feel invigorating again’ – The Irish Times

Booking Details for The Shadow of a Gunman

Dates: 12 June – 1 August
Previews: 12 – 15 June
on the Abbey stage
Times: Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Wed and Sat 2pm
Wednesday matinees 24 June and 1, 8, 15 July.
Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €25


★★★★ – The Irish Times

A stylish and timely revival of an Irish classic‘ ★★★★ – The Stage

A play of yesterday becomes a drama of today’ – Belfast Telegraph

…thought provoking and entertaining production‘ ★★★★ – The Sunday Times

remarkably relevant to today‘ ★★★★ – The Public Reviews

O’Casey’s anti-war play still packs a punch‘ ★★★★ – The Sunday Business Post

impressively lucid production‘ ★★★★ – The Guardian

Director Wayne Jordan provides a clever modern take in this revival…’ – Irish Independent

Time-lapse video of The Shadow of a Gunman set

Reviews video

Abbey Talks Series

Listen back to a live recording from 2010 on the Abbey main stage with Sean O’Casey’s daughter Shivaun giving us an insight into growing up in the O’Casey household.

Actor Amy McAllister talks about her role as Minnie Powell in Sean O’Casey’s The Shadow of a Gunman on the Abbey stage and being the very best of the worst as a UK Anti Slam Champion.

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