The Playboy of the Western World archiveSet in a small village on the west coast of County Mayo, The Playboy of the Western World tells the story of lonely dreamer Christy Mahon who takes refuge in Michael Flaherty's pub, claiming that he has killed his oppressive father. Christy beguiles the locals with his tall and dramatic tale of bravery in the face of danger and becomes an instant hero. He both charms the village women including Widow Quinn and captures the heart of the landlord's fiery daughter Pegeen . However, when his tale turns out to be less straightforward than they first thought, the simmering violence of the villagers comes to light. The Playboy of the Western World was first performed in January 1907 at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. 10th Anniversary Season


William Bill Boyd, Rory Casey, Muireann Kelly, Alison Peebles, Joyce Falconer, Pauline Goldsmith, Denis Quilligan, Derek Reid, Ross Stenhouse, Aonghus Weber


Author: John Millington Synge
Company: Arches Theatre Company
Director: Andy Arnold
Design(s): Graham Hunter, Mari Steven
Lighting: Robert Watson
Costume: Lucinda Meredith

The Playboy of the Western World

The Playboy of the Western World (Play) production archive for QTIX code T0216843964. Details of all The Playboy of the Western World archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S4605

Archive Listings

12 Oct 01
27 Oct 01
The Arches
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