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The Abbey Theatre Programme 2018

Ulysses adapted by Dermot Bolger, part of The Abbey Theatre's 2018 Programme. Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Christmas Comes Early

Some things old, some things new, some things borrowed and some things straight out of the blue. The Abbey Theatre’s 2018 programme, launched just in time for Christmas, might well be a case of Christmas coming early for theatre lovers. Featuring old favourites alongside some of the best of the new, The Abbey consolidates its new approach as directors Graham McLaren and Neil Murray move into their second year at the programming helm. Once again, it’s a programme marked by shorter runs, and lots of them, as The Abbey sets about spreading the love around. Old relationships with Dublin Dance Festival, Fishamble, Theatre Lovett, Annabelle Comyn, Caitríona McLaughlin, Landmark Productions, Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Belfast, Tom Kilroy, Marina Carr, Oona Doherty, Phillip McMahon, Tara Flynn, The Lir, 24 Hour Plays and THISISPOPBABY are further cemented in 2018. Yet next year also sees many new relationships being forged with ANU, Gare St Lazare, Gina Moxley, Iseult Golden and David Horan, Louise O’Neill and Meadhbh McHugh, Margaret Perry, MusicTown, Teac Damsa, The Everyman and The Gaiety all working with the national theatre for the first time. Whether it's seeing firm favorites like Dermot Bolger’s adaptation of Ulysses, or the exquisite Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, recognized classics like Marina Carr’s On Raftery’s Hill, or Tom Kilroy’s Double Cross, or encountering many of the new works on offer like the excellent Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan, or The Lost O’Casey by ANU, there is certainly something here for everyone.


Written and Directed by Iseult Golden and David Horan

January 24th to February 3rd

Peacock Theatre

24 Hour Plays

January 28th

Abbey Theatre


A new play by Colin Murphy presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company

February 8th to 10th

Peacock Theatre

The Abbey Theatre Presents: Swan Lake/Loch na hEala

Teac Damsa - Michael Keegan-Dolan

February 8th to 17th

Abbey Theatre


By Margaret Perry, an Abbey Theatre Production.

February 16th to March 10th

Peacock Theatre

Not a Funny Word

By Tara Flynn

Part of THISISPOPBABY's Where We Live programme

March 6th to 10th

The Complex

The Unmanageable Sisters

Adapted from Michel Tremblay’s play by Deirdre Kinahan

February 26th to April 7th

Abbey Theatre.

Opera Briefs

David Adams, conductor

Presented by the Royal Irish Academy of Music in collaboration with the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin and in association with the Abbey Theatre

March 27th to 29th

Peacock Theatre

Here All Night, The Sound of Beckett

By Gare St Lazare Ireland

April 11th to 14th

Abbey Theatre


Aiken Promotions in partnership with Dublin City Council

April 17th to 21st

Abbey Theatre

Open Studio

Dublin Dance Festival in association with the Abbey Theatre

April 20th and 21st

Peacock Theatre

On Raftery’s Hill

By Marina Carr

April 27th to May 19th

Abbey Theatre


Patricia Guerrero (Spain)

Dublin Dance Festival in association with the Abbey Theatre

May 15th and 16th

Abbey Theatre

Hard to Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer

Oona Doherty (Northern Ireland)

Dublin Dance Festival in association with the Abbey Theatre

May 18th and 19th

Abbey Theatre


Adapted by Dermot Bolger in an Abbey Theatre production

June 11th to July 21st

Abbey Theatre.

The Lost O’Casey

ANU Productions and the Abbey Theatre

June 18th to 30th

Peacock Theatre and beyond

Come On Home

By Phillip McMahon (an Abbey Theatre Commission)

July 13th to August 4th

Peacock Theatre

Jimmy’s Hall

An Abbey Theatre Production

July 26th to September 8th

Abbey Theatre


By Michael West,

Abbey Theatre presents Theatre Lovett

August 17th to September 1st

Peacock Theatre

The Patient Gloria

Written and developed by Gina Moxley, presented by The Abbey Theatre

September 28th to October 6th

Peacock Theatre

Rathmines Road

By Deirdre Kinahan

Presented by Fishamble: The New Play Company

October 9th to 27th

Peacock Theatre

Double Cross

By Thomas Kilroy

An Abbey Theatre and Lyric Theatre coproduction

October 31st to November 10th

Peacock Theatre

Asking for It

By Louise O’Neill

Adapted for the Theatre by Meadhbh McHugh and Annabelle Comyn

Landmark Productions and the Everyman in association with the Abbey Theatre

November 7th to 24th

Abbey Theatre

With box office now open for many, if not all shows, timely Christmas presents are to be easily had for any theatre lover, oneself included. Judging by the impressive line up, it would certainly be advisable to book early.

For more information, visit The Abbey Theatre

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