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Irish Repertory Theatre: Sean O’Casey Season

The Irish Repertory Theatre, in New York, are marking their 30th anniversary by holding a Sean O’Casey Season from 30th of January until the 25th of May. There are several events that make up the festival with the centerpiece being stagings of all three of Sean’s Dublin Trilogy in repertory.

The very first play staged by the Irish Repertory Theatre was The Plough and the Stars, directed by Charlotte Moore and she is back to revisit the play as part of the festival. The festival will open with The Shadow of a Gunman, directed by Ciarán O’Reilly and also features Juno and the Paycock directed by Neil Pepe.

In addition to the repertory season they are putting on a series of readings of all Sean O’Casey’s plays. This is a great opportunity to hear some important works that are not often performed. The works presented are,

  • The Silver Tassie (1928)
  • Within the Gates (1934)
  • The Star Turns Red (1940)
  • Purple Dust (1940/1945)
  • Red Roses for Me (1942)
  • Oak Leaves and Lavender (1946)
  • Cock-a-Doodle Dandy (1949)
  • Three One Acts Part I: “Bedtime Story” (1951), “The End of the Beginning” (1937), and “A Pound on Demand” (1939)
  • Three One Acts Part II: “Behind the Green Curtains” (1961), “Figuro in the Night” (1961), and “The Moon Shines on Kylenamoe” (1961)
  • The Bishop’s Bonfire: A Sad Play within the Tune of a Polka (1955)
  • The Drums of Father Ned (1959)

The readings are free but spaces are limited. Apply to the Irish Repertory Theatre box office for invitations.

There is also an exhibition of materials including scripts, correspondence and photographs at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, running 28th January until 23rd March. Also there will be a screening of Joseph Hardy’s 1972 film of The Shadow of a Gunman, featuring Frank Converse, Richard Dreyfuss, Jack MacGowran, and Sandra Morgan, on 21st and 22nd of February.

For further information and to book tickets contact the Irish Repertory Theatre box office online or call 212-727-2737.

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The Lost O’Casey at the Abbey Theatre

ANU Productions The Lost O’Casey will be at the Abbey Theatre from 25 – 30 June 2018. This production is based on Sean O’Casey’s 1924 play Nannie’s Night Out.

The play premiered at the Abbey Theatre 94 years ago staring Sara Allgood and Michael J. Dolan.  In The Lost O’Casey ANU Productions take the play out of the theatre and lead the audience through a journey exploring the play and its multiple endings, “the ending I wanted, the ending they wanted and the compromise.”

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Sean Holmes’ Acclaimed Plough and the Stars at the Lyric and Gaiety Theatres

Sean Holmes’ 2016 production of The Plough and the Stars was widely praised during its first run at The Abbey Theatre and on its US tour. The production is being revived for performances at The Lyric Theatre in London (15 March – 7 April) and Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre (24 April – 5 May).

Reviews of the first run and tour were rightly very positive, so this is a great opportunity to catch up on what you missed or to revisit this wonderful production.

There is a great gallery of  Ros Kavanagh’s photos of both the production and rehearsal process available on Flickr.

You wouldn’t want to pass up a chance to watch the Abbey Theatre perform “The Plough and the Stars,” – The Washington Post

refreshed, high-energy restaging’  ★ ★ ★  – The Guardian

Buy tickets for the Lyric in London here

Buy tickets for the Gaiety in Dublin here