Adapted from Paul Laverty’s film script, Directed by Graham McLaren

Jimmy's Hall

26 July - 8 September 2018

Booking Information

Dates: 26 July – 8 September
On the Abbey Stage

Free First Preview: 26 July

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Sat Matinees 2pm

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

Running time:  2 hours

Please note there will be haze, loud noises and pyrotechnics used in show.

Early Bird tickets available until 11 June.

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 266

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 6 September, 7:30pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 8 September, 2:00pm

Bursting with music, dance, poetry and song, the must-see feel-good show of last summer returns.

Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.


Out of the Abbey 

  • 14 – 21 July at the Limetree Theatre, Limerick 
  • 11 – 15 September at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway 
  • 18 – 22 September at the Cork Opera House, Cork 


'handsome, lively and sonorous'
The Irish Times

Audience Response 


Production Images 

Photography ©  Ros Kavanagh


  • Director: Graham McLaren
  • Set and Costume Design: Colin Richmond
  • Musical Director: Michael John McCarthy
  • Lighting Designer: Sarah Jane Shiels
  • Sound Designer: Ben Delaney
  • Movement Director: Vicki Manderson
  • Dramaturg: Pam McQueen
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Abbey Theatre
26/27 Lower Abbey Street
Dublin 1
D01 K0F1