Dublin Theatre Festival and Lyric Theatre Belfast, Ireland and UK

The Playboy of the Western World

by J.M.Synge

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 the 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.

Directed by Oonagh Murphy
Cast includes: Tony Flynn
Set and Costume Design: Molly O’Cathain


Gaiety Theatre


24 Sept, 7.30pm


25-27 Sept, & 1, 2 & 4 Oct, 7.30pm
28 Sept & 3 & 5 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
29 Sept & 6 Oct, 4.30pm




Approx. 2hrs 15 mins incl. interval.

Talking Theatre

28 Sept, post-show (7.30pm).
With Oonagh Murphy and members of the company.
Audio Described Performance
5 Oct, 2.30pm

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