A new look at the birth of a nation at Theatre Royal Bath
Ireland's world renowned Abbey Theatre comes to the Theatre Royal Bath next week to perform the classic Irish Drama, The Plough and the Stars.
Written by one of the world's greatest writers, Sean O'Casey, this powerful new staging comes here as one of only three UK tour dates outside Ireland following its opening in Dublin.
Set in a tenement house, against the backdrop of the Easter Rising in 1916, The Plough and the Stars is both an intimate play about the lives of ordinary people and an epic drama about ideals and the birth of the Irish nation.
As the residents of the Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city's streets, a revolution that will shape a country's future rages around them. Amidst the tumult of political upheaval, Jack and Nora Clitheroe are 'like two turtle doves always billing and cooing', much to the ridicule of their bustling neighbours. But when Ireland calls, Jack must choose between love for his wife and duty to his country.
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Heartbreaking, disturbing and funny, The Plough and The Stars is an iconic play to which director, Wayne Jordan, brings a fresh perspective. Sean O'Casey's masterpiece premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 1926 amid riots and complaints from audiences who rejected its interpretation of recent history. Since then the play has become a classic of the Irish drama repertoire and this Abbey Theatre revival follows Jordan's hugely successful 2010 production.
Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre said, "I believe every generation should see The Plough and the Stars. With Wayne Jordan, associate artist at the Abbey directing, we have a new generation looking at this play with fresh eyes. I'm delighted we are touring Ireland and the UK with this important play."
The Plough and the Stars appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets are on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk.
This week we have a pair of tickets to give away for Tuesday's opening night performance.
Just answer the following question, put your answer on a postcard with your name, home address and telephone number and send it to Theatre Royal Competition, The Bath Chronicle, Westpoint, James Street West, Bath BA1 2DA.
The first correct answer out of the hat on Monday morning will get the tickets.
The question is: who is the director of the Abbey Theatre?