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Dancing at Lughnasa Tickets

National Theatre - Olivier

Siobhán McSweeney and Ardal O’Hanlon star in a revival of Brian Friel’s award-winning play about a family on the brink of change.

Brian Friel’s Olivier Award-winning drama

Derry Girls star Siobhán McSweeney stars in a stunning revival of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa at the National Theatre. The Translations playwright’s acclaimed work is an astonishing portrait of a family whose close-knit world changes forever.

In 1936, it is harvest time in County Donegal. Outside the village of Ballybeg, the five Mundy sisters contend with poverty as they raise seven-year-old Michael and care for their Uncle Jack, recently returned from Uganda. As the Festival of Lughnasa gets underway, Pagan and Christian beliefs collide, and the sisters fight, love, dance, and survive.

Dancing at Lughnasa premiered in Dublin in 1990, before transferring to the National Theatre in 1991, where it won the Olivier Award for Best Play. It now returns to the theatre for a striking revival directed by Josie Rourke (Soho Place: As You Like It).

The cast of Dancing at Lughnasa includes Siobhán McSweeney, acclaimed for her work in hit TV series Derry Girls, comedian and Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon.

This searching play drifts through the memories of one family as they face upheavals and challenges in rural Ireland. Book Dancing at Lughnasa tickets to see this remarkable revival back in London.

Performance dates:
26 May 2023 - 27 May 2023
Running time:
2 hours and 45 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
No age recommendation has been set. See Audience Notes for content warnings.
Audience Notes:
This play contains haze, swearing and incidents of discriminatory language which some people may find upsetting.

Dancing at Lughnasa Reviews

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User Reviews


Love the set with the sloping countryside and field behind the cottage. Enjoyed seeing the Derry girls on stage, but Ardal O'Hanlon was a disappointment- very one note performance with staccato delivery of his lines to the point of becoming annoying Read more

Performance date: 24 May 2023

Wonderful performances all around. Beautifully staged. There were a few moments which struck hammy and false but on the whole it was an fantastic enjoyable production.

Performance date: 20 May 2023
Performance date: 16 May 2023
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