The Plough And The Stars

National Theatre Lyttelton, South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX

Howard Davies-directed The Plough And The Stars arrives at the National Theatre Lyttelton to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising, focusing on the mixed reactions of local citizens to events which indirectly led to Irish independence.

Placing a fixed lens half a mile away from the epicentre of the rebellion between November 1915 to Easter 1916, the play follows a dozen residents of a Dublin tenement as they go about their daily lives.

On the periphery of Ireland’s history, this vivid and eclectic mix of characters – selfless, hilarious and desperate by turns – come and go, all while the very heroic myth of Ireland itself is contested, nearby but elsewhere.

A mercilessly objective scope through which to observe the events, this Sean O’Casey play is simultaneously hilarious and heart-warming.

Cast & Creatives

Stephen Kennedy, Justine Mitchell, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Sean O’Casey
Howard Davies
Music by
Stephen Warbeck
Lighting Designer
James Famcombe
Paul Goothuis

National Theatre Lyttelton

South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX
020 7452 3000
Official site
Nearest tube
Waterloo (250m), Southwark
Nearest bus
76, 77, 211, 507, D1, D11, P11 (York Road)149, P11 (Stamford Street)1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 (Waterloo Bridge)
Nearest train
Waterloo (250m)

5 spaces reserved for orange badge holders at riverside end of Cottesloe Ave. 4 extra bays opposite Cottesloe theatre for evening performances. Car Park beneath theatre. Spaces reserved for disabled customers near lifts. Free parking voucher available from box office for orange badge holders (present ticket at information desk). Automatic doors and ramps from the Car Park to the lobby and lift.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 020 7452 3000 Email: /
Discounts available for all disabled people.
Limited mobility
Row V of the Stalls is the most accessible area. Aisle seats have the most legroom.
Access description
Main entrance reached from Upper Ground via Theatre Avenue to Theatre Square and a drop off point approx. 40m from main entrance. Box Office and information desk on left. No steps to back row of Stalls (1 step between rows). Glass Lift (80cm wide) up to Circle (or 22 steps up). 3 steep steps between rows in the Circle. Staircases between levels have handrails on both sides; stairs in the auditorium have one handrail.
Hearing impaired
Infra-red system with headsets or neck loops. Collect headsets/loops from box offices. Induction loops at service counters.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are not currently allowed in the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog sit. Dogs will be looked after in the cloakroom.
No steps to the back of the Stalls through entrances on either side of the Long bar. 4 spaces for wheelchair users in row V. Transfer seating available to aisle seats. Wheelchairs stored at back of auditorium.
Women’s and men’s at ground floor level and Circle level.
Disabled toilets
Adapted WC next to right-hand Stalls entrance.
6 licensed bars. Access information: No steps to Lyttelton Long Bar and buffet from the main foyer. Glass lift to Lyttelton circle bar, moveable seats and tables.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens