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.
The Plough and the Stars
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.
Talks and events
Jeremy Herrin and Sean McEvoy on The Plough and the Stars, Fri 21 Oct, 6pm
A co-production with
Magnificent. The National pulls off another hit
Whats On Stage
A magnificent, heart-felt revival of a major play
If O'Casey had written nothing else, this play would have put him among the great dramatists of the past two centuries
Hilarious and heartrending by turns
The Sunday Times
Powerful. Tragic yet often savagely comic
A powerful revival of Sean O’Casey’s landmark drama
Moving. Great drama
16 facts about Dublin, 1916
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.
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.
Christopher Patrick Nolan