A Corn Exchange and Abbey Theatre co-production

The Fall of the Second Republic

24 February - 14 March 2020

By Michael West

in collaboration with Annie Ryan

Booking Information

Dates: 24 February – 14 March
On the Abbey Stage

Free First Preview: Monday 24 February

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

Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €32

Running Time: 2 hours

Early Bird tickets available until 13 January

Age Guidance: 12+, includes some strong language

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 87 222

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 12 March, 7:30pm

Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Saturday 14 March, 12:45pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 14 March, 2:00pm

Emer Hackett is a fearless and determined investigative reporter – her target is the Taoiseach, Manny Spillane, a wily political survivor.

Their paths cross in the ruins of an old theatre, set to be the site for a banking centre, which promises to bring wealth to the Irish economy as well as to Spillane and his cohorts.

What Emer uncovers sparks a fury of consequences for her newspaper, her colleagues and the political framework of the country.

A new ensemble comedy from the creators of the much-loved Dublin By Lamplight, The Corn Exchange look at what Ireland might have become, 50 years after its independence.




© Ros Kavanagh


  • Manny Spillane T.D. and Con: Andrew Bennett
  • Tom Carney and Billy Kinlan T.D.: Declan Conlon
  • Finbar Lowe and Des Lackin T.D.: John Doran
  • Emer Hackett: Caitríona Ennis
  • Goretti Horan, Síle Foyle T.D. and Peggy Morgan: Anna Healy
  • Maeve Spillane-Lackin, Secretary Lunny and Sharon: Camille Lucy Ross
  • Oonagh Cassidy T.D. and Joan Walsh: Niamh McCann
  • Florry Daniels T.D., Mick Keogh and others: Eddie Murphy
  • Mossie Daniels T.D., Ed Buttimer and Garda Muldoon: Patrick Ryan
  • Writer: Michael West
  • Director: Annie Ryan
  • Set Design: Katie Davenport
  • Costume Design: Saileóg O'Halloran
  • Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace
  • Sound Design and Composition: Denis Clohessy
  • Video Design: Jose Miguel Jimenez
  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
  • Producer (Corn Exchange): Aisling Ormonde
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