An Abbey Theatre production

The Sugar Wife

13 June - 20 July 2024

Written by Elizabeth Kuti

Directed by Annabelle Comyn

Booking Information

Dates:  13 June 2024 –  20 July 2024
On the Abbey stage 


13 – 23 Jun

Mon – Sat 7.30pm

Sat matinees 2pm

24 Jun – 20 Jul

Mon – Tues 6.30pm

Wed – Sat 7.30pm

Midweek matinee 10 July 2pm

Sat matinees 2pm

Tickets:  €15 – €45


Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 11 July, 7:30pm

Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Saturday 13 July, 12:15pm

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 13 July, 2:00pm

‘We choose the world we live in. We make it, day by day...’

Dublin, 1850: The delicate balance at the heart of an affluent Dublin couple’s marriage and family business is challenged when two visitors come to Ireland to speak to the public about trade, money and slavery.

Exploring the dark side of global commodities like sugar, the play asks the question: if your wealth is built on exploitation, can it really be used to build a better world? 

Exploring the tensions between the local and the global, as well as the personal and the political, this powerful new production written by Elizabeth Kuti and directed by Annabelle Comyn asks urgent questions about marriage, morality and money.

Meet the Team 

Back row:
Paul Keogan, Val Sherlock, Annabelle Comyn, Elizabeth Kuti, Peter Gaynor, Siobhán Cullen, Chris Walley
Front row: Paul O’Mahony, Molly O’Cathain, Tierra Porter, Síofra Ní Éilí, Esosa Ighodaro


  • Hannah Tewkley: Siobhán Cullen
  • Martha Ryan: Síofra Ní Éilí
  • Samuel Tewkley: Peter Gaynor
  • Sarah Worth: Tierra Porter
  • Alfred Darby: Chris Walley
  • Writer: Elizabeth Kuti
  • Director: Annabelle Comyn
  • Set Designer: Paul O'Mahony
  • Costume Designer: Molly O'Cathain
  • Lighting Designer: Paul Keoogan
  • Composer and Sound Designer: Philip Stewart
  • Movement Director: Sue Mythen
  • Hair and Make Up: Val Sherlock
  • Assistant Director: Esosa Ighodaro
  • Voice Director: Andrea Ainsworth
  • Casting Director: Deborah Pearce
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