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The Plough and the Stars - production images released

The Plough and the Stars. Photo by Ros Kavanagh.

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PRODUCTION images have been released from Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Images have been released of the cast rehearsing The Plough and the Stars. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Casting has been announced for Sean Holmes’ dynamic re-imagining of Sean O’Casey’s revolutionary masterpiece The Plough and the Stars, which runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from March 15 to April 7, 2018.

The line up includes Ian Lloyd Anderson (as Jack Clitheroe), Niall Buggy (Peter Flynn), Charlie Cassen (Sgt. Tinley), John Currivan (Bar-tender), Phelim Drew (Fluther Good), Hilda Fay (Bessie Burgess), Liam Heslin (Captain Brennan), Julie Maguire (Mollser), Paul Mescal (Lieut. Langon), Janet Moran (Mrs Gogan), Ciaran O’Brien (The Young Covey), Kate Stanley Brennan (Nora Clitheroe), Adam Strawford (Corporal Stoddart) and Nyree Yergainharsian (Rosie Redmond).

Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time.

The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them?

This dynamic re-imagining remains loyal to the spirit of O’Casey’s play whilst unleashing contemporary resonances for a modern audience.

The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. The audience rioted. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of Ireland in 1916.

Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings a new perspective to Sean O’Casey’s absorbing play, which was nominated for four Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2016.

Sean Holmes said: “It was a great privilege to direct Sean O’Casey’s seminal work on the Abbey stage during the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. It was also personally thrilling to discover how radical and masterful a playwright he was. And immensely satisfying to find a way to make the play speak to a modern audience whilst remaining true to its spirit. I’m delighted we are bringing the production to the Lyric and that London audiences will have the opportunity to see this radical reimagining of O’Casey’s revolutionary masterpiece.”

The Plough and the Stars has set design by Jon Bausor, costume design by Catherine Fay, lighting design by Paul Keogan and musical composition and sound by Philip Stewart.

Open Captioned Performance: Saturday, March 31 at 2.30pm.

Audio Described Performance: Saturday, March 31 at 7.30pm.

Image: The Plough and the Stars. Photo by Ros Kavanagh.

For more information or to book tickets, call 020 8741 6850 or visit

Also at the Lyric Hammersmith: the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter’s critically acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (April 13 and 14, 2018).