Dancing at Lughnasa

The award winning drama from the writer of Translations.

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.

Brian Friel’s Olivier Award-winning play is an astonishing evocation of a family’s world on the brink of change.

Josie Rourke directs this striking Revival, with a cast including Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls), Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Translations).

Important Information

Please Note: This production contains haze, swearing and incidents of discriminatory language which some people may find upsetting.

Assisted Performances

Captioned: Thursday 25 May – 7.30pm

Audio Described: Saturday 6 May – 2pm

Chilled Performance: Thursday 18 May – 7.30pm

BSL Interpreted: Thursday 4 May – 7.30pm

Age Restrictions

Please Note: This production contains haze, swearing and incidents of discriminatory language which some people may find upsetting.

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances up until Sat 27th May 2023.

Show times for each day are below.















Olivier Theatre, National Details

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Air conditioned


Disabled toilets

Infrared hearing loop


Wheelchair accessible

Olivier Theatre, National Location

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Dancing at Lughnasa

Olivier Theatre, National, London

Running time: 2 hours and 45 mins including interval

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