The Plough and the Stars at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
The Plough and the Stars at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

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About the show

In the summer of 2016, to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising, Sean O’Casey’s most acclaimed play The Plough and the Stars returned to the London stage in a new production at the National Theatre, co-directed by Jeremy Herrin and Howard Davies.

Between November 1915 and Easter 1916, while the uprising grows to a peak a short distance away, the divided residents of a tenement in Dublin continue on with their lives, on the outskirts of Ireland’s history.

Sean O’Casey great play uses a fixed perspective to watch as a range of vivid characters come and go, selfless, funny and despairing in their own ways, while the heroic myth of Ireland is battled over elsewhere.

This epic new production was directed by Howard Davies, Associate Director of the National Theatre, best known for his work there such as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Crucible, 3 Winters, The Silver Tassie and much more. It was s co-directed by Headlong Theatre’s Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin, known for his success with productions such as People, Places & Things, The Absence of War and This House.

The Plough and the Stars was an epic staging of the classic play, with a star creative team which included design by Vicki Mortimer, lighting by James Farncombe, music by Stephen Warbeck and sound design by Paul Groothuis. The cast starred Justine Mitchell, Stephen Kennedy and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

The Plough and the Stars began performancesat the Lyttelton Theatre at the National Theatre in London on the 20th July 2016, with its official opening night on 27th July 2016, and ran until 27th August 2016.

Recommended for

The Plough and the Stars was the perfect opportunity for fans of the great Irish playwright, Sean O’Casey to see his best play performed in a new major production. With the combined directorship of Jeremy Herrin and Howard Davies, this masterpiece is in safe hands.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 20 Jul 2016
Press night: 27 Jul 2016
Booking from: 21 Oct 2016
Booking until: 22 Oct 2016

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

9 Reviews Add review

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this show. The acting was superb. I know some people found the accents/dialogue quite hard to understand but I didn't... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

ollielintott 5"10, 62 reviews, 1 helpful vote

laurenjfm 5'10, 51 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Another excellent Howard Davies production of an evocative and intelligent play: only at the National can you experience this high... More

robwilton 5' 11", 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Not a great show to be honest. The play seemed rather dated and the production was very traditional and didn't really add anything. More

js53 5'1", 15 reviews, 1 helpful vote

DebbieGilpin 160cm, 145 reviews, 22 helpful votes

stephentaylor 5'9", 21 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Political 1914 Irish uprising play. Very interesting sets but found the accents a bit too strong.

kwarnock7 5'4, 189 reviews, 0 helpful votes