Dancing at Lughnasa Tickets

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, London
Booking to 27 May 2023
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★★★★★ “Friel’s play is a nostalgic delight” – Sunday Times

Starring Derry Girls’ Siobhán McSweeney, Louisa Harland & Ardal O’Hanlon

Brian Friel’s fierce, heart-breaking drama Dancing at Lughnasa gets a major new revival at the National Theatre this Spring.

This striking revival features an all-star cast including Derry Girls stars Siobhán McSweeney, Louisa Harland and Ardal O’Hanlon (Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything, Father Ted).

Written by acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning playwright Brian Friel (Translations), Dancing at Lughnasa is an astonishing evocation of a family’s world on the brink of change.

Dancing at Lughnasa is directed by Olivier Award-winner Josie Rourke, with choreography by Olivier Award winner Wayne McGregor.

Dancing at Lughnasa is playing at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre from 6 April to 27 May 2023.

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What's the story of Dancing at Lughnasa?

Harvest time in County Donegal, 1936.

Outside the village of Ballybeg, the five Mundy sisters battle poverty to raise seven-year-old Michael and care for their Uncle Jack.

During the Festival of Lughnasa, Pagan and Christian meet and collide. The sisters fight each other, love each other, dance, yearn and survive.

Who is in the cast of Dancing at Lughnasa?

The cast includes Louisa Harland as Agnes, Bláithín Mac Gabhann as Rose, Siobhán McSweeney as Maggie, Justine Mitchell as Kate, Ardal O’Hanlon as Jack, Alison Oliver as Chris, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Michael.

Who are the creative team of Dancing at Lughnasa?

Director – Josie Rourke; Set and Costume Designer – Robert Jones; Lighting Designer – Mark Henderson; Choreographer – Wayne McGregor; Composer – Hannah Peel; Sound Designer – Emma Laxton; Video Designer – Douglas O’Connell; Casting – Alastair Coomer CDG; Staff Director – Séimí Campbell;

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Reviews of Dancing at Lughnasa

★★★★★ "Friel’s play is a nostalgic delight" - The Sunday Times
★★★★ "A powerfully moving family portrait at a moment of change" - The Evening Standard
★★★★ "Gorgeous" - The Stage
★★★★ "Josie Rourke’s sumptuous and thoughtful staging" - The Observer
★★★★ "An exquisite staging of Brian Friel’s evocative drama" - The Guardian
★★★★ "A glorious modern classic" - i News
★★★★ "Radiant revival of Brian Friel’s masterpiece" - TimeOut

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 27 May 2023
Running time
2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Venue Information

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1

Ticket Information

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News about Dancing at Lughnasa

National Theatre announces new shows for 2023
The National Theatre in London has announced its 2023 programme which includes three new productions and a revival Anupama Chandrasekhar’s acclaimed play The Father and the Assassin. Jack Thorne's highly anticipated new play The Motive and the Cue runs in the Lyttelton theatre, previewing from 20 April 2023 with opening night on 2 May. Directed by Sam Mendes the play is a behind the scenes look at Richard Burton and John Gielgud's 1964 Broadway production of Hamlet. The play will star Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton, Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Tuppence Middleton as Elizabeth Taylor. Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls), Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Translations) will star in a revival of Brian Friel’s Olivier Award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by Josie Rourke, who is currently directing As You Like It at the @sohoplace theatre. The play will open in the Olivier theatre in April 2023. A new play by Deborah Bruce, Dixon and Daughters, a powerful story of family and forgiveness, opens in the Dorfman theatre in April. It is directed by Róisín McBrinn. Indhu Rubasingham will direct Paul Bazely in Anupama Chandrasekhar’s acclaimed play The Father and the Assassin, which returns tot he Olivier theatre in September 2023. Previously announced shows for 2023 include: Phaedra (Lyttleton theatre, 1 Feb – 8 Apr); Standing at the Sky’s Edge (Olivier theatre, 9 Feb – 25 Mar); Romeo and Julie (Dorfman theatre, 14 Feb – 1 Apr); and, Hamlet (Dorfman theatre, 20 Mar – 28 Mar). Outside of London will see Shut up, I'm Dreaming, a new production by The PappyShow visit 55 secondary schools across the country from January 2023; the critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane will begin its UK and Ireland tour in Salford this Christmas; and new dates have been added of the US tour of Emma Rice’s Wuthering Heights and the UK tour of Laura Wade’s Home, I’m Darling. The National's current Winter season includes: Othello (Lyttleton theatre, 23 Nov – 21 Jan); Hex (Olivier theatre, 26 Nov – 14 Jan); and, Kerry Jackson (Dorfman theatre, 30 Nov – 28 Jan). Book tickets to Dancing at Lughnasa at the National Theatre in London

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