Thursday 20 October 2016

Druid bring Big Maggie back to Dublin

Published 29/12/2015 | 12:31

Big Maggie cover
Big Maggie cover

Druid bring their acclaimed production of John B. Keane’s Big Maggie to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin

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If you haven’t tuned into Wildfire Films’ documentary about the making of DruidShakespeare which aired on RTÉ One on Tuesday 15th December you would be highly advised to do so. A breath-taking, intense behind-the-scenes look at an artistic project that is an immense undertaking it serves as a stark reminder of how lucky we are to have Druid as a cultural institution in this country.

As one of Irish television’s highlights of 2015 it makes for great entertainment, but also allows us to see first-hand just what has made |Druid one of the most successful theatre companies in Ireland and indeed the anglophone world over the last 40 years, it is the raw talent at its disposal as well as the passion to create something special.

We are indeed blessed to have the Galway-based company counted amongst our cultural institutions and blessed that they bring to Dublin their acclaimed production of John B. Keane’s Big Maggie to The Gaiety this January. It’s the coming together of three cultural giants in Irish life, Druid, Keane and the Gaiety Theatre. This production continues the Gaiety Theatre’s close association with the work of John B Keane with the staging of Moll, The Field and The Matchmaker at Gaiety. His presence in the theatre is permanent with his hands printed outside and the bar named after him.

Aisling O’Sullivan makes a welcome return in the title role of Big Maggie and Keith Duffy reprises his role as the lusty commercial traveller Teddy Heelin. Joining them are some of Ireland’s finest actors Clare Barrett, Charlotte McCurry, Karen McCartney, Muiris Crowley, Emmet Byrne, Clare Monnelly, Joan Sheehy and John Olohan who received an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for his role as Byrne in Druid’s 2011 production of Big Maggie.

Money, land and secret sex make for a riveting story in what remains one of John B Keane’s most popular plays. The production is directed by Tony award winner and Druid co-founder Garry Hynes who said she is ‘thrilled to be returning to the work of John B. Keane with this production.’

Big Maggie will preview 29, 30 January and open 1 February running until 20 February at the Gaiety Theatre. These will be the only Irish dates for this production in 2016.

Set in 1960s rural Ireland and shocking for its time – the play premiered in 1969 – Big Maggie is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to take control of her life following the death of her husband.

maggie inside
maggie inside

Big Maggie is also a prescribed single text on the English Leaving Certificate with many students around the country studying the play for their 2016 exams.  The Gaiety Theatre has announced a special schools offer with tickets from €16 Monday - Thursday including Wednesday matinees, from €20 for Saturday matinees, and a free teacher ticket with every 10 tickets purchased. Joanna Keane, English teacher at Presentation Secondary School Tralee and daughter of John B Keane, has written educational notes which will also be available for download with every school group booking.

To book: Call: 01 648 6029    Email:

Booking time: 9am – 5pm Mon-Fri

Offer limited and subject to availability at time of booking.

Tickets: from €21 (including booking fee & €1. restoration levy)

Mon – Sat

Wed & Sat matinees


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