The Plough and the Stars
A.R.T. Season
September 24 - October 9, 2016
"Director Sean Holmes places Sean O'Casey's anti-war polemical play in present day Dublin, bringing a sharp, contemporary resonance and relevance to this 1926 classic"
– The Irish Independent

Written by Sean O'Casey
Directed by Sean Holmes

A.R.T. brings the Abbey Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Plough and the Stars to Boston during the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. As revolution sweeps Ireland, the residents of a Dublin tenement take shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. Sean O’Casey—one of Ireland’s most renowned and controversial playwrights—captures a conflict between idealism and ordinary lives. Celebrating nearly a century of the Irish nation state, this production by the national theater of Ireland, staged by Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes, will bring a new perspective to O’Casey’s absorbing play.

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There is no guarantee that standing room will be available for sold-out performances; however, if it becomes available a limited number of standing room tickets may be sold in person for select shows on the day of each show at 12 noon. The number of standing room tickets will not be known in advance of the ticket services office opening at 12PM. Please call our Ticket Services office with any ticket related questions at 617.547.8300. Hours are: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5PM.

Single tickets to our production of The Plough and the Stars are selling fast; however, a limited number of Patron Subscriptions are still available. 

With a gift of $2,500—a portion of which is tax-deductible—you’ll receive a pair of premium seats to every remaining production in the 2016/17 Season (including The Plough and the Stars), along with concierge ticketing services and invitations to exclusive donor events throughout the Season. To become a Patron Subscriber, please call or email Development Associate Jonathan Remmers at 617.496.2000 x8912 or







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The Plough and the Stars Trailer

Costume Maker Donna Geraghty #ThePloughAndTheStars

Costumes for the production.

Creative team
Playwright Sean O'Casey
Director Sean Holmes
Set Design Jon Bausor
Costume Design Catherine Fay
Lighting Design Paul Keogan
Music and Sound Design Phillip Stewart
Production Associate Director Ronan Phelan
Production Stage Manager Katie Ailinger
Jack Clitheroe Ian-Lloyd Anderson
Nora Clitheroe Kate Stanley Brennan
Sergeant Tinley Tony Clay
Lieut. Langon Lloyd Cooney
Bessie Burgess Hilda Fay
Fluther Good David Ganly
Mollser Rachel Gleeson
Peter Flynn James Hayes
Capt. Brennan Liam Heslin
A Bar-tender Ger Kelly
Mrs. Gogan Janet Moran
The Young Covey Ciarán O'Brien
Corporal Stoddart Nima Taleghani
Rosie Redmond Nyree Yergainharsian
Additional staff
Deputy Stage Manager

Orla Burke

Assistant Stage Manager

Audrey Rooney

Assistant Set Designer

Rebecca Brower

Set Construction


Scenic Finishing

Liz Barker

Tower Construction

Capital Scenery Ltd.

Relight Designer

David Sexton

Stage Technician

Larry Jones

Sound Technician

Derek Conaghy

Lighting Technician

Eoin Stapleton


Stu Cox

Wardrobe Supervisor

Helen Connolly

Production Manager

Louis Baxter

Tour Manager

Aisling Ormonde

The Plough and the Stars, produced by The Abbey Theatre, is presented in association with Cusack Projects Limited.

With it's polemic political message, The Plough and the Stars has pulled back the myopic lense through which we usually watch theatre by giving us more to examine than other Boston premiers this year. This must have been what epic theatre felt like during Bertolt Brecht's time.  More

What makes this production compelling (I urge you to see it before these performers head off to complete the final stretches of their worldwide tour) is how O’Casey yanks us into his pitiless vision — at times subtly, sometimes grabbing our lapels – by exposing his characters’ aches, dreams, and, yes, their blood.  More

It's the tale of ordinary people being impacted by those extraordinary events, which is the genius of the playwright. His focus was not on the epic but on the everyday lives of those simple people. More

This immersive physical and aural experience leads audience via headset, on solo journeys that intersect. More

Perhaps there’s something fitting about an irreverent take on Sean O’Casey’s classic of the Irish theater, “The Plough and the Stars.” More

Press Releases

The Abbey Theatre brings its acclaimed production to Boston at the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

For a plot summary, please click here


Click here to read the show's program.


Read these blog posts to learn more about the production:

About the Abbey Theatre 


An Interview with Director Sean Holmes

Interview by Ciara Walsh and Matthew Connaughton


Riots and Risings

by Robert Duffley


A Note on The Plough and the Stars

by Catherine McKenna


"Dublin, 1916," a Lecture by Dr. Clair Wills
Before the performance on September 30, The Consul General of Ireland, Fionnuala Quinlan, Irish Network Boston, and the American Conference of Irish Studies hosted a special lecture on Dublin in 1916 by Professor Clair Willis, Chair of Irish letters at Princeton University and the author of "Dublin, 1916" (2016, Harvard UP). Listen to a recording of the lecture below. 


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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25

Run time

2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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Need to know

This show has loud gun fire, sound effects, and music. 


Open Captioned Logo Open Captioned

Oct. 6, 7:30PM & Oct. 8, 2PM

Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 7 and up.
Due to the Irish dialect and historical references in O’Casey’s play, we recommend introducing middle- and high-school students to the text of the play prior to attendance. The play contains portrayals of revolutionary violence, extreme poverty, heavy drinking, and mild sexuality.


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Post-performance discussions with members of the cast will follow the 2PM performances on 10/1, 10/5, and 10/8.


Before the performance on September 30, The Consul General of Ireland, Fionnuala Quinlan, Irish Network Boston, and the American Conference of Irish Studies will host a special lecture on Dublin in 1916 by Professor Clair Willis, Chair of Irish letters at Princeton University. Professor Willis' lecture will take place from 3:30PM to 4:30PM in the Loeb Drama Center. Free and open to the public.

Performance sponsors:

Presented in association with Cusack Projects Limited.
Supported by McCann FitzGerald and the Boston Friends of the Abbey Theatre.