An Abbey Theatre production

The Long Christmas Dinner

30 November - 31 December 2021

by Thornton Wilder

Booking Information

Dates: 30 November – 31 December 
On the Peacock stage

Previews: 30 November 1 December

Times: Mon – Wed, 8.30pm / Thurs – Sat, 6.30pm and 8.30pm

Running time: 50 minutes

Tickets: €16 – €20

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.


  • 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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