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Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theatre, warmly invites you to become a valued Member of the


The Legacy of Theatre

In 1898 W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory wrote the manifesto for what would become the Abbey Theatre—one of the most storied, relevant and beloved theatres in the world. Soon thereafter, in 1904, its first benefactor, Annie Horniman, invested £10,300 to purchase and develop the site that is still home to the Abbey Theatre today. Horniman’s gift also assisted in underwriting the early works of the Abbey—providing the means to produce many of the world’s most important Irish plays and literary works.

Impact of the Abbey Theatre Director’s Circle

The generosity of Director’s Circle Members is vital in helping to fund strategic priorities and programs to fuel the creation of new plays, productions and growth in impact around the world.

For information on how to join the Director’s Circle click here to download our information brochure.



  • “The Abbey Theatre is a bright and vibrant showcase for Irish talent across the world. It’s been incredible to watch the Abbey Theatre grow and develop into the artistic powerhouse and iconic institution that it is today.”

    Thomas P. O'Neill, Chapter Chair of the Abbey Theatre Foundation in Boston

  • “As a founding member of the Director’s Circle I am thrilled to continue my support of the Abbey Theatre Foundation here in New York, and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Contributing to the future success of the National Theatre of Ireland brings me an enormous sense pride - both as cultural advocate and a proud Irish American”

    William O’Connor, Chapter Chair of the Abbey Theatre Foundation in New York

Latest News

Quietly at The Irish Repertory Theatre in New York

After huge international success, the Abbey Theatre is delighted to bring its award-winning production of Quietly to New York City, where it will run at The Irish Repertory Theatre until September 11.

To celebrate the US Premiere of this outstanding show, the Abbey Theatre Foundation will be hosting a special Abbey Theatre Director’s Circle evening on Thursday, September 8.

To learn more about joining the Director’s Circle and for full event details please contact Donna Marie O’Donovan by either phone (011 353 1 887 2223) or email (


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“It is difficult to imagine a piece of theater more perfectly suited to our jittery, antagonistic American moment than Quietly–New York Times

★★★★ “rock solid… grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.” –Time Out NY

★★★★ “TRULY REMARKABLE… like watching an eggshell try to contain a landmine” -Time Out Dublin

‘The phrase “unmissable” is often used to describe shows. This one really deserves it. Quietly puts me in mind of the first time I saw my father cry. The fear and vulnerability in this production is both soul-searingly honest and darkly entertaining. A true powerhouse.’
★★★★★ -Edinburgh Festival Magazine

‘The best new play of the year in Owen McCafferty’s Quietly‘ -Irish Times

‘The most powerful theatrical production I have had the privilege of seeing’ ★★★★★ -Metro Herald


Previous News Posts


The Abbey Theatre brought their hit production of Séan O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. on May 18th & 19th as part of the programme for IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture.

The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. Now regarded as a masterpiece, it is one of the plays most closely associated with the Abbey Theatre. Set amid the tumult of the 1916 Rising in while freshly staged in the present day, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart in 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 year, the Abbey Theatre presents its 57th production of this rich play in a bold new production directed by Olivier Award winner Sean Holmes, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith in London.

We are delighted that The Plough and the Stars will tour to the US and Canada in Fall 2016. To get in touch and learn more about the Abbey Theatre’s plans for this historic tour, please contact Georgina Neal at



Her Excellency Anne Anderson, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, and the cast of The Plough and the Stars backstage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC during Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture.


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