An Abbey Theatre production

The Country Girls

23 February - 6 April 2019

Booking Information

Dates: 23 February – 6 April
On the Abbey Stage

Free First Preview: 23 February

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

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30

Early Bird tickets available until 15 January

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

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 4 April, 7:30pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 6 April, 2:00pm

Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Saturday 6 April, 12:45pm

Edna O’Brien revisits her era-defining debut novel in a new stage adaptation.

All of Edna O’Brien’s novels published during the 1960s were ruled “indecent and obscene” under the Censorship of Publications Act.

This started when the publication of The Country Girls caused outrage. It was banned in Ireland by the authorities and publicly burned by the clergy.

Notoriety quickly turned to fame and this coming of age story of two young women in 1950s Ireland became a best-seller.

The Country Girls is the Dublin: One City, One Book 2019 Choice.


Out of the Abbey 

National Tour in April 2019.

30 April – 4 May at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.

More venues to be announced soon!


  • Written & Adapted by: Edna O’Brien
  • Directed by: Graham McLaren
  • Movement Director: Vicki Manderson
  • Set & Costume Design: Francis O’Connor
  • Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace
  • Composer: Ray Harman
  • Sound Design: Matt Padden
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