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The Shawshank Redemption

Based on the novel by Stephen King.


  • Playwright

    Owen O'Neill  Dave Johns 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Stephen King (1) 

  • Setting

    Shawshank State Penitentiary, late 1940s - 1960s.

  • Synopsis

    Falsely convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, banker Andy DuFresne is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in Shawshank prison. He befriends fellow inmate Red, a longterm inmate of the jail, and quickly establishes a reputation for, among other things, his financial knowhow. One day in the late 1960s, Andy mysteriously vanishes. It is discovered that he has been patiently working away on an escape route for nearly twenty years, hiding the growing hole in the wall behind his collection of posters. Sometime later he is reunited with Red, the latter finally getting parole after forty years behind bars.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male



  • Date of First Production

    19 May 2009

  • Producer

    Produced by Lane Productions

  • Original Venue

    Gaiety Theatre

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    A world stage premiere.

Original Cast  
Bogs Joe Hanley
Rooster Paschal Friel
Hadley Barry McEvoy
Tommy Diarmuid Noyes
Andy Kevin Anderson
Red Reg E. Cathey
Brooksie Keir Dullea
Stammas Mitchell Mullen
Enthwistle Charlie Hughes
Mayor/Stone Patrick Joseph Byrnes
Pete Thomas Grube
Chester Hugh O'Donnell
Ernie Mark Schrier
Heywood Karl Harpur
Rico Andrew Murray
Kendricks Ben Mulhern
Buddy Randal Michael Winder
Hubble Shane Cullen
Mr. Reynolds Tristan McConnell
Mr. Stevens Owen Martin Griffen
Production Team  
Director Peter Sheridan
Producer Donal Shiels
Producer Breda Cashe
Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy
Special Effects Stephen Thompson
Produced by Pat Moylan
Associate Producer Paul Elliott
Production Manager Des Kenny
Stage Director Brendan McLoughlin
Stage Manager Monica Callan
Assistant Stage Manager Kate Moylan
Production Sound Kevin McGing (for Mosco)
Set & Costume Designer Ferdia Murphy
Production Assistant Sandra Buckley
Set Construction Rocket Scenery
Costume Supervisor Monica Ennis
Wardrobe Assistant Paula O'Connor
Prop Maker Craig Starkey
Poster Designer John McEvoy, Design Image
Production Photography Anthony Woods
Website Design Modus Internet Solutions
Music & Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Fight Coordinator Paul Burke
Contract Management Ronan Smith
Web Video Director Viko Nikci
Casting Laura Stanczyk Casting
Publicity Sinead O'Doherty
Publicity Gerry Lundberg
Marketing and Promotions Highlight Productions
Marketing and Promotions Marie Rooney
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock
Production Image Shaun Webb Design