An Abbey Theatre production

The Long Christmas Dinner

30 November - 31 December 2021

by Thornton Wilder

Booking Information

We have made the difficult decision to cancel The Long Christmas Dinner. This decision is related to Covid. Our box office team will be in touch with all ticket holders.

Our production of Faith Healer is not impacted and will proceed as planned.

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 16 December, 8:30pm

Audio-described performance: Thursday 16 December, 6:30pm

The Long Christmas Dinner by Thornton Wilder is a gift-wrapped seasonal gem, guaranteed to delight and surprise

In this shapeshifting meditation on family, progress, death, and renewal, we see the Bayard family experience 90 Christmas dinners over 90 years.

Compressed into 50 minutes of playing time, The Long Christmas Dinner gives us a moment to pause and reflect on our own families, what has been lost to us, and what Christmas means for each of us.


Digital Programme 

For more information on this production, download the digital programme here.

Audio-described Programme Notes 

Download the audio-described programme notes here, or listen to them below.


'with an excellent ensemble, this is a perfect seasonal morsel'
The Irish Examiner

'a gently paced reflection on the idea that every present moment comes from the past'
The Sunday Times


The Irish Mail on Sunday

'a ghostly telling of a dreamlike curiosity'
The Irish Times

'a beautifully-paced performance from a well-balanced ensemble'
No More Workhorse

'very beautiful'

Show Trailer 

Production Images 

Images © Ros Kavanagh.



  • Roderick II: Liam Bixby
  • Roderick I: Bryan Burroughs
  • Charles: Emmet Byrne
  • Mother Bayard: Rachael Dowling
  • Sam: Eoin Fullston
  • Genevieve: Fionnuala Gygax
  • Lucia II: Aisling Kearns
  • Nurse: Fiona Lucia McGarry
  • Ermengarde: Máire Ní Ghráinne
  • Leonora: Rachel O’Byrne
  • Cousin Brandon: Will O’Connell
  • Lucia I: Valerie O’Connor
  • Written by: Thornton Wilder
  • Directed by: Sarah Jane Scaife and Raymond Keane
  • Costume Design: Sinead Cuthbert
  • Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd
  • Sound Design: Aoife Kavanagh
  • Set Design: Sally Withnell

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