The Wake

The Wake

  • From Wednesday, 22 June 2016
  • To Saturday, 30 July 2016
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 3 Hours and 5 Minutes

The Wake

Tom Murphy’s critique of the materialism of Irish life directed by Annabelle Comyn. 

When morality goes out the door anything can happen!

It’s the nineties. It’s small town Ireland. Vera’s back.

The O’Tooles are at each other’s throats. Vera has inherited the family hotel. But what are her plans?

Alone in the world, she takes drastic action; locking herself in the hotel with her brother-in-law and Finbar Reilly her unlikely childhood sweetheart, in tow. ‘What other society, town, civilised country would put up with it?’

Welcome to the world created by legendary playwright Tom Murphy. For over 40 years, his plays have probed the Irish psyche. Our long-awaited revival of The Wake is a brilliant critique of the materialism of Irish life.

‘Comyn spurs set designer Paul O’Mahony and lighting designer Sinead McKenna to create perhaps their best work, pushing the Abbey’s resources towards stunning new displays.’
The Irish Times ★★★★★

‘Philip Stewart’s compositions and sound design is deeply engaging and successful, adding mood and dimension…’ ★★★★★

‘It would be impossible for Comyn to achieve this without a terrific cast, anchored by the electrically charged O’Sullivan, who is unfaltering in her pursuit of emotional truth.’
Sunday Business Post ★★★★★

‘The most impressive part of this production is the acting, with Aisling O’Sullivan showing the frailty and vulnerability required for her role as the deeply troubled Vera.’
No More Workhorse


Aisling O’Sullivan talks with Carmel Winters about interpreting Tom Murphy’s The Wake, the abundance of life and the experiences that feed a production.


The Wake (production 2016)


The Wake in rehearsals (2016)

Booking Information

22 June – 30 July
Previews 22 – 27 June
on the Abbey stage

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €45 / €13 – €23 Conc.

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 21 July, 7.30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 23 July, 2pm

Talking Text Workshop: 2 July

Age guidance 16+

The Wake contains strong language, violence and nudity. If you are worried about any potential themes, please contact a member of our Box Office team on (01) 87 87 222 who will be able to advise you on subject matter.

Group Booking

Group discounts are available for performances from Monday to Thursday, and Saturday matinees. Please contact Ciara on 01-8797 266 or to book for your group of 6 or more.

Special Offer

Book a ticket for EPIC Ireland, Ireland’s newest immersive visitor museum together with a ticket for The Wake by Tom Murphy for just €40

This package for both EPIC Ireland and The Wake is available from the Abbey Theatre box office on (01) 87 87 222

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