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The Plough and the Stars

by Sean O’Casey

20 July to 22 October 2016
Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes inc 20 min interval

The Plough and the Stars

From November 1915 to Easter 1916, as the rebellion builds to a climax half a mile away, the disparate residents of a Dublin tenement go about their lives, peripheral to Ireland’s history.

A dozen vivid characters come and go – selfless, hilarious and desperate by turns – while the heroic myth of Ireland is fought over elsewhere.

To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, the National stages an epic new production of Sean O’Casey’s greatest play.

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Talks and events

Jeremy Herrin and Sean McEvoy on The Plough and the Stars, Fri 21 Oct, 6pm

A co-production with

5 star rating

Magnificent. The National pulls off another hit

Sunday Express
5 star rating

A magnificent, heart-felt revival of a major play

Whats On Stage
5 star rating

If O'Casey had written nothing else, this play would have put him among the great dramatists of the past two centuries

Financial Times
4 star rating

Explosive. Brilliant

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Hilarious and heartrending by turns

Radio Times
4 star rating

Powerful. Tragic yet often savagely comic

The Sunday Times
4 star rating

A powerful revival of Sean O’Casey’s landmark drama

Time Out
4 star rating

Moving. Great drama

Guardian

The Plough and the Stars trailer

From November 1915 to Easter 1916, as the rebellion builds to a climax half a mile away, the disparate residents of a Dublin tenement go about their lives, peripheral to Ireland’s history.

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The Plough and the Stars | Fight Scene

Watch how a scene develops from rehearsal to production with this fight from The Plough and the Stars. Sean O'Casey's classic is playing until 22 October.

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The Plough and the Stars character introductions

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16 facts about Dublin, 1916

The shell of the General Post Office on Sackville Street (later O'Connell Street), Dublin in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising

Ticket prices

Mon – Thu & all matinees
£60*, £52, £39, £29, £15
Fri & Sat evening
£65*, £56, £44, £31, £18
* Best seats, centre stalls. Limited availability.
 

Audio Described performances
Friday 21 October at 7.30pm
Saturday 22 October at 2.15pm 

Touch Tour
Saturday 22 October at 12.45pm

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel

Immerse yourself in the history of The Plough and the Stars through a new virtual reality experience.

Step into one man’s memories of a moment that changed Irish history forever: the 1916 Easter Rising.

Free, upstairs in the Lyttelton Lounge.

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel is brought to you by BBC Learning, Crossover Labs, VRTOV and Oculus.

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel trailer

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The Plough and the Stars rehearsal images

Five of the best... Irish Plays

The Plough and the Stars, which is set in the Dublin tenements during the Easter Rising of 1916, tackles one of the biggest events in Irish history and is rightly considered one of the greatest pieces from a nation with a proud theatrical tradition. To mark the end of the production, here are five of the best plays by Irish authors, selected by our Archivist, Erin Lee. 

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5 of the best Irish plays

Cast

Adam Best
Captain Brennan
Adam Best
Ensemble
Cavan Clarke
Ensemble
Siobhán Cullen
Lieutenant Langon
Kieran Gough
Peter Flynn
Lloyd Hutchinson
Rosie Redmond
Gráinne Keenan
Fluther Good
Stephen Kennedy
Ensemble
Pádraig Lynch
A Woman
Lucia McAnespie
Ensemble
Caolan McCarthy
Ensemble
Niamh McGowan
Bessie Burgess
Justine Mitchell
The Figure in the Window
Christopher Patrick Nolan
Corporal Stoddart
Richard Pryal
Nora Clitheroe
Judith Roddy
A Bartender
Eoin Slattery
The Young Covey
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Mrs Gogan
Josie Walker
Jack Clitheroe
Fionn Walton

Production team

Orginal photography © Guardian News & Media / Walter Doughty

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