Welcome to the Dublin Shakespeare Society’s website in this our 112th year. In this year we continue to mark works of the great man himself and we have as usual, an exciting and varied programme of events planned.

News Roundup

Our Annual AGM is postponed until  COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

If you have any matters you wish to have raised at AGM, please email to president@dublinshakespearesociety.ie

The Shakes Window

Whilst the COVID-19 lockdown has put paid to many plans, Tadhg at the Teachers’ Club has been busy. With the guidance of Paul Maher, the “Shakes window” was rescued from the basement of Ballyfermot library and brought to what many of us now see as our “home base”.

Designed and created by J. Clarke and Sons, this stained glass window was salvaged from The Capitol Cinema, Prince’s Street, Dublin 1.  Formerly The Scala Theatre and Opera House, the building opened in 1920 and was unfortunately demolished in 1972.The Harry Clarke studio window has been donated by the Dublin Shakespeare Society to the Teachers’ Club and installed there at the top of the first flight of stairs. Finishing touches to the surrounds are being made and the window will be available to view when the club reopens.

Radio Plays

A series of evenings of Chekhov plays is planned for the Autumn: “The Bear”, ‘The Evils of Tobacco’ and “Swan Song’ (performed as a double-bill), ‘The Proposal’ and “The Yalta Game’ (written by Brian Friel, after the short story “The Lady with the Lap-dog’.  They will be pre-recorded and broadcast over four nights on Zoom.

These are short comic pieces which Chekhov calls ‘vaudevilles”.  In effect they are short one-act comic gems which were instantly successful when first performed and have remained popular since.

Because recording will require actors working socially distanced indoors in small numbers, work has had to be suspended under current Covid 19 restrictions and rehearsals and recording will not now commence until after 12th October. We will let you know as soon as transmission dates can be confirmed.

Directed by Paul Maher and produced by Eileen Sheridan. The following are the cast members for the radio plays:

The Bear: The Evils of Tobacco The Proposal
Popova – Brigid Sweeney Nyukhin – Padraig Denihan Chubukov – Philip Gleeson
Smirnov- Tim Casey Natalya – Julianna Gonzales
Luka – Tom O’Brien Lomov – Fionn Murray O’Halpin
Swan Song  The Yalta Game
Svetlovidov – Val O’Donnell Gurov – Patrick O’Malley
Nikita Ivanich – Peter Prior Anna – Marie Ryan


Over Zoom the cast and production team of As You Like are in progress with workshops and rehearsals. It is planned  to present via Zoom two episodes. Episode 1 on Thursday 19th November and Episode 2 on Thursday 3rd of December.

This Zoom project is Co-directed by George Carroll and Brendan O’Daly.  Cast members are, Barry O’Connor, Benjamin Musgrave, Billy Mulligan, Brendan O’Daly, Fiona Walsh, Niall O’Kennedy, Niamh O’Brien Rhiannon, Padraig Denihan and Sonia Lavelle.

Full details available HERE

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