The Playboy of the Western World to open #DTF19

27 May 2019

Dublin Theatre Festival is delighted to announce its partnership with Lyric Theatre Belfast, a new production of John Millington Synge's comic masterpiece, Playboy of the Western World. The production will be the opening performance of #DTF19 at the Gaiety Theatre and will run from 25 Sept – 5 Oct. Tickets on sale this Wed 29 May.

Pegeen is fed up. She’s not getting younger and is desperate to escape the confines of a life stuck in the middle of nowhere. When the stranger Christy Mahon arrives at her father’s shebeen, with a story that sets the village talking, he is welcomed with admiration by the locals, even Pegeen. But all is not as it seems, and soon the playboy’s past threatens to catch up with him.

John Millington Synge is one of Ireland’s greatest writers and a key figure in Irish Literary Revival. He rose from obscurity to international acclaim over six intense years, before his untimely death at the age of 38. Met with controversy when it was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in 1907, his brutally hilarious masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World, is about life on the margins and the lengths we go to, to create a reality more exciting than the place we find ourselves.