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Jimmy's Hall


  • Playwright

    Graham McLaren 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Paul Laverty (2) 

  • Adapted From Notes

    Adapted from Paul Laverty's script for the 2014 film, Jimmy's Hall, directed by Ken Loach.

  • Synopsis

    Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    20 July 2017

  • Producer

    Produced by Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered in The Sports Complex, Carrick-on-Shannon Community School, Leitrim.

Original Cast  
Ensemble Catherine Bell
Jimmy Richard Clements
Brendan Craig Connolly
Sean Muiris Crowley
Doherty Aindrias De Staic
Mossie Alan Devally
Father Sheridan Bosco Hogan
Oonagh Lisa Lambe
Marie Sarah Madigan
Tess Ruth McGill
Tommy Gilroy Diarmaid Murtagh
Alice Bríd Ní Neachtain
O'Keefe Donal O'Kelly
Production Team  
Director Graham McLaren
Sound Designer Ben Delaney
Associate Director - Movement Vicki Manderson
Musical Director Michael John McCarthy
Dramaturg Pamela McQueen
Set & Costume Designer Colin Richmond
Lighting Designer Sarah Jane Shiels



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Address

    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 887 2200

  • Email

  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme and the Abbey Theatre website.