The Shadow of a Gunman

By Sean O’Casey

Directed by Garry Hynes

Super production page Caitríona Ennis Marty Rea and Rory Nolan in The Shadow of a Gunman as part of Druid O Casey Photo by Ros Kavanagh

Reviews & Awards

Praise for DruidO'Casey

WINNER: Garry Hynes, Best Director, UK Theatre Awards

Recommended by: The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Time Out New York

Best Theatre of 2023: New York Magazine, The Observer, Irish Mail on Sunday, The Irish Examiner (Joe Duffy), The Arts Review

★★★★
‘a revelation ... magnificent
The Observer

★★★★
Druid Theatre’s staging unearths unexpected dimensions in the three plays
Financial Times

★★★★
‘[an] irresistible combination of dazzling stagecraft and visionary theatrical daring

The Stage

★★★★
‘Druid triumphs yet again ... spectacular’
Irish Mail on Sunday

★★★★
‘a thrilling experiment in epic theatre

New York Stage Review

★★★★★
‘brilliant ... astonishing ... perfection’

Front Row Center

‘the season’s most exciting international visit’
The New Yorker

‘astonishing’
The Wall Street Journal

incredibly funny, relentlessly tragic ... a rare thrill’
New York Magazine

a treasure hall of shocking tableaux and stirring poetry, not a second wasted
Observer (New York)

‘magnificent ... a monumental undertaking ... a truly memorable experience’
Sunday Independent (Emer O'Kelly)

‘superb ... immense’
Sunday Independent (Colin Murphy)

‘Druid's big guns deliver a delicious barrage of O'Casey
Irish Independent

★★★★
‘a brilliant ensemble cast brings Garry Hynes’ vision to life’

The Irish Times (Sara Keating)

‘DruidO’Casey made an outstanding debut ... magnificent’
The Irish Times (Deirdre Falvey)

‘Druid’s magnificent new staging of the O’Casey trilogy should be a source of national pride ... a unique national epic
The Irish Times (Fintan O'Toole)

‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ... engaging and thought-provoking’
Exeunt NYC

★★★★
‘a significant achievement by Hynes and her superb ensemble ... magnificent

The Irish Examiner

★★★★
the theatrical event of the year ... crucial, contemporary and relevant

The Arts Review

‘magnificent production breathes new life into O’Casey’s plays’
Connacht Tribune

‘worth moving heaven and earth to try to get a ticket’
Irish Farmers Journal

★★★★
‘a poignant epic about Dublin residents living on the edges of the revolutionary period’
Feeling Good

the performances ... are nothing short of exceptional
Interludes

a masterful undertaking ... a triumph
Theater Pizzazz

Galway's renowned Druid Theatre Company reorders Seán O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy to stunning effect
TheaterScene

glorious ... sublime ... the quality of the acting and direction is second to none
Alan in Belfast