An Abbey Theatre production

The Long Christmas Dinner

10 - 31 December 2022

Written by Thornton Wilder

Directed by Sarah Jane Scaife and Raymond Keane

Booking Information

Dates: 10 – 31 December
On the Peacock stage

Previews: 10 December

(no performances 24 – 27 December)

Tickets: €18 – €20

Times: Mon – Sat 6.30pm and 8.30pm

Running time: 50 minutes

Relaxed performance: Saturday 17 December, 6:30pm

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 22 December, 6:30pm

Nominated for Best Production, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Best Lighting and Best Supporting Actress at the 2022 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, The Long Christmas Dinner returns to the Peacock stage this Christmas

A gift-wrapped seasonal gem, in this meditation on togetherness and separation, birth and death, we visit successive generations of the Bayard family at their Christmas dinner table spanning a period of 90 years.

This heart-warming family drama happens over a seamless 50 minutes.

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.


Relaxed Performance 

The performance on 17th December at 6.30pm will be a relaxed performance. This means there will be a relaxed approach to noise during the show and audience members are free to move about or leave the auditorium as they need. If you have any questions about this performance, please contact

Visual Guide 

The Long Christmas Dinner visual guide is available to download here.


'Before this year ends, if you take time from your hectic schedule to see just one Christmas show, let this be the one.'
The Reviews Hub

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

Digital Programme 

The Long Christmas Dinner digital programme is available to download here.

2022 Show Trailer 

Production Images 

Images © Ros Kavanagh



  • Roderick II: Liam Bixby
  • Roderick I: Bryan Burroughs
  • Charles: Emmet Byrne
  • Mother Bayard: Rachael Dowling
  • Genevieve: Fionnuala Gygax
  • Nurse: Fiona Lucia McGarry
  • Lucia II: Úna Ní Bhriain
  • Ermengarde: Máire Ní Ghráinne
  • Leonora: Rachel O’Byrne
  • Cousin Brandon: Will O’Connell
  • Lucia I: Valerie O'Connor
  • Sam: Benjamin Reilly

  • 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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