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The Hanging Gardens: Abbey Theatre world premiere

Oct 3 - Oct 12: Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey stage

"Now we have a family, a rivalry, a purpose."

hanging gardens


The Hanging Gardens is an unflinching and familiar vision of the Irish family from Frank McGuinness, one of the country’s most important playwrights.

A writer and his wife sit together in their garden. They are surrounded by a lifetime’s work; their home, their gardens and their children. Rachel wants to be congratulated on her pregnancy, Maurice is struggling for his father’s acceptance and Charlie needs his sacrifices to be acknowledged. A crisis has drawn this family together, but will their honesty pull them apart?

The Hanging Gardens is Frank McGuinness’ first new play at the Abbey Theatre in 14 years, following the great success of his recent adaptations of John Gabriel Borkman and The Dead.

Duration: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins with an interval.

Written by:

  • Frank McGuinness


  • Patrick Mason


  • Barbara Brennan
  • Cathy Belton
  • Niall Buggy
  • Declan Conlon
  • Marty Rea

Set Design:

  • Michael Pavelka

Lighting Design:

  • Davy Cunningham

Costume Design:

  • Joan O'Clery

Original Music and Arrangement:

  • Denis Clohessy

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