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 and 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

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

Early Bird tickets available until 15 June.

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212

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 


'handsome, lively and sonorous'
The Irish Times


In Studio 

In Rehearsal 

Audience Response 


Production Images 

Photography ©  Ros Kavanagh


  • Molly: Catherine Bell
  • Jimmy: Richard Clements
  • Sean: Muiris Crowley
  • Doherty: Aindrias de Staic
  • Mossy: Alan Devally
  • Tommy: Brian Gilligan
  • Father Sheridan: Bosco Hogan
  • Oonagh: Lisa Lambe
  • Brendan: Andrew Linnie
  • Marie: Sarah Madigan
  • Tess: Ruth McGill
  • Alice: Bríd Ní Neachtain
  • O'Keefe: Donal O'Kelly
  • Director: Graham McLaren
  • Set and Costume Design: Colin Richmond
  • Musical Director and Co-Sound Designer: Michael John McCarthy
  • Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
  • Sound Design: Ben Delaney
  • Movement Director: Vicki Manderson
  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
  • Dramaturg: Pamela McQueen
  • Additional Material: Dermot Bolger
  • Casting (2018): Maureen Hughes and Sarah Jones
  • Casting (2017): Kelly Phelan
  • Producer: Sarah Lynch

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