Following a sell-out season at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, as well as a successful Irish and US tour, The Plough And The Stars, comes to the Lyric Hammersmith. Read More >
Following a sell-out season at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, as well as a successful Irish and US tour, The Plough And The Stars, comes to the Lyric Hammersmith as a co-production with the Abbey Theatre.
Th’ time is rotten ripe for revolution. Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough And The Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time.
The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them? This is a dynamic re-imagining of events: loyal to the spirit of O’Casey’s play, whilst simultaneously unleashing contemporary resonances for a modern audience.
The Plough And The Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. The audience rioted. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of Ireland in 1916.
The cast of this production includes Olivier Award winner Niall Buggy (Dead Funny, West End) as Peter Flynn, as well as Game Of Thrones star Ian Lloyd Anderson as bricklayer Jack Clitheroe. A number of stars return to their roles from the US tour of the show, including Kate Stanley Brennan as Nora Clitheroe, Ciaran O’Brien as The Young Covey, and Liam Heslin as Captain Brennan.
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.
Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings a new perspective to Sean O’Casey’s absorbing play, which was nominated for 4 Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2016. Holmes, who is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith, has previous credits including the acclaimed shows Blasted, Bugsy Malone and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the venue.
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