Past Productions

Sebastian Barry’s extraordinary play deals with a crucial moment in Ireland’s history as Thomas Dunne, an ex-superintendent of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, looks back on his life and attempts to keep his ghosts at bay.

When The Steward of Christendom opened at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs, the impact was enormous. The power of the writing, the production and Donal McCann’s magnificent central performance led to a triumphant run two years later at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.


‘The great Irish actor Donal McCann gives a performance of compelling beauty and power’
-Daily Telegraph

‘I have seen no better play this year…I doubt whether I have ever been so moved in a theatre’

‘Donal McCann as Thomas Dunne is outstanding’
-The Observer


Cast: Kieran Ahern, Tina Kellegher, Cara Kelly, Maggie McCarthy, Aislin McGuckin, Rory Murray, Jonathan Newman.

Director: Max Stafford-Clark
Designer: Julian McGowan
Lighting Design: Johanna Town
Music: Sean Davey
Sound Design: Paul Arditti


The Steward of Christendom had its world premiere on 30th March 1995 at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs.

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