Epic Stories - Arts

The Wake at the
Abbey Theatre

It’s the nineties. It’s small town Ireland. Vera’s back. Welcome to The Wake by legendary Irish playwright Tom Murphy, directed by Annabelle Comyn.

The O’Tooles are at each other’s throats. Vera has inherited the family hotel. But what are her plans? Alone in the world, she takes drastic action; locking herself in the hotel with her brother-in-law and Finbar Reilly her unlikely childhood sweetheart, in tow. ‘What other society, town, civilised country would put up with it?’

Welcome to the world created by legendary playwright Tom Murphy. For over 40 years, his plays have probed the Irish psyche. The Abbey’s long-awaited revival of The Wake is a brilliant critique of the materialism of Irish life.

‘Annabelle Comyn’s direction is wonderfully alive to this vision of Murphy’s’
Irish Independent on The House (2012)


Book a ticket for EPIC Ireland, Ireland’s newest immersive visitor attraction and museum together with a ticket for The Wake by Tom Murphy for just €40. This package for both EPIC Ireland and The Wake is available from the Abbey Theatre box office on (01) 87 87 222.

The Abbey Theatre - Ireland's national theatre

Photos from rehearsals of The Wake. Dir: Annabelle Comyn


22 June – 30 July
Previews 22 – 27 June
on the Abbey stage

Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Matinees Sat 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €45 / €13 – €23 Conc.

Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 21 July, 7.30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 23 July, 2pm