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The Plough And The Stars

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See Olivier Award-winner Niall Buggy and Game Of Thrones star Ian Lloyd Anderson in The Plough And The Stars at the Lyric Hammersmith. Read More >

See Olivier Award-winner Niall Buggy and Game Of Thrones star Ian Lloyd Anderson in The Plough And The Stars at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Following a sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, plus a successful Irish and US tour, The Plough And The Stars has made its way to London for a strictly limited run – until 7 April 2018.

Originally produced as part of the 100th-anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, The Plough And The Stars tells the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by political unease.

As the streets of Dublin are hit by violence, residents of a tenement take shelter from the outside world. A history-making revolution rages around them. But what kind of Ireland awaits after the dust settles?

Though remaining true to Seán O’Casey’s original 1926 play, this dynamic re-imagining of events resonates with a modern audience.

Having caused riots when it first played at the Abbey Theatre in 1926, The Plough And The Stars is now regarded as a masterpiece and an essential part of our understanding of 1916 Ireland.

In addition to Niall Buggy and Ian Lloyd Anderson (who are playing Peter Flynn and Jack Clitheroe), Kate Stanley Brennan, Ciaran O’Brien and Liam Heslin reprise their roles or Nora Clitheroe, The Young Covey and Captain Brennan respectively, from the US tour.

Olivier Award-winner, Sean Holmes, directs the absorbing play, which was nominated for four Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2016. As the Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith, Sean’s credits include Blasted, Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

This production of The Plough And The Stars is a Lyric Hammersmith and Abbey Theatre production, supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.

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Age Recommendation: 12+ i

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 15/03/2018

Opening Night: 20/03/2018

Closing Night: 07/04/2018

Running time: 2h30, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Jack Clitheroe - Ian Lloyd Anderson

Peter Flynn - Niall Buggy

Sgt. Tinley - Charlie Cassen

Bar-tender - John Currivan

Fluther Good - Phelim Drew

Bessie Burgess - Hilda Fay

Captain Brennan - Liam Heslin

Mollser - Julie Maguire

Lieut. Langon - Paul Mescal

Mrs Gogan - Janet Moran

The Young Covey - Ciaran O'Brien

Nora Clitheroe - Kate Stanley Brennan

Corporal Stoddart - Adam Strawford

Rosie Redmond - Nyree Yergainharsian



Director - Sean Holmes

Producer - Lyric Hammersmith and Abbey Theatre

Costume - Catherine Fay

Lighting Designer - Paul Keogan

Set Designer - Jon Bausor

Sound - Philip Stewart

About Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL

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