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Druid’s acclaimed production of Big Maggie returns to the Gaiety for a limited engagement from 29 January 2016. 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-winning Garry Hynes who said she is ‘thrilled to be returning to the work of John B. Keane with this production.’
Managing Director of the Gaiety Theatre Caroline Downey said, “We are delighted to have Druid return to the Gaiety Theatre. Their previous production of Big Maggie is one of my favourite and was hugely successful. I have no doubt under Garry Hynes direction and the very talented cast they will again rise to the occasion.”
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.
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 and Karen McCartney with 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.
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.
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.