A mysterious accident.
A dead husband.
People are talking.
Secrets are resurfacing from the depths.
Is the past ever truly dead?

From 2 October 2019

A Druid and Gate Theatre Co-Production

The Beacon by Nancy Harris is a new play commissioned by Druid in 2016 and marks Nancy Harris’s Druid debut and her welcome return to the Gate Theatre stage after her brilliantly dark comic adaptation of The Red Shoes in 2017. The Beacon will run as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.

In The Beacon, Beiv, a celebrated artist, has moved from suburban Dublin to her holiday cottage on an island off the coast of West Cork. But a dark shadow from the past hangs over her. When her estranged son and his new young wife arrive to stay, she is faced with some difficult questions.



Cast & Creatives

Cast Includes: Ian-Lloyd Anderson, Jane Brennan, Rae Gray, Daniel Monaghan, and Marty Rea

  • Director
    Garry Hynes
  • Set & Costume Designer
    Francis O'Connor
  • Lighting Designer
    James F. Ingalls
  • Sound Designer
    Gregory Clarke
  • Fight Director
    James Cosgrave

Dates & Ticket


Starts Friday 20 September 2019

Learn More


Preview: Wednesday 2 October 2019
Opening Night: Thursday 3 October 2019
Matinees: Saturday – 2.30pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday – 7.30pm

Tickets: from €15

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (incl. interval)

Age Guidance: The Beacon is recommended for audiences aged 12+. Read about the Gate Theatre’s Age Policy here.

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Sign Language Interpreted Performance

There will be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance held on Thursday 24 October at 7.30 pm. The interpreter will be Amanda Coogan and a discounted ticket rate is available to audience members availing of the interpretation.  Seats with the best visibility of the interpreter are reserved for audience members availing of this service.

Please email boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie to book, or for more information.


★ ★ ★ ★
“Absorbing, intelligent and grimly funny”
Irish Times

★ ★ ★ ★
“A marvellous, old-style night out at the theatre”
The Sunday Times

★ ★ ★ ★
“Teasingly clever new play”
The Guardian

“The Beacon is as sharp as a stiletto”
Irish Independent

★ ★ ★ ★
‘A rich and satisfying play, made even more enjoyable by a talented cast committed to mining the deeper truths’
Sunday Business Post

About Nancy Harris

Nancy Harris is an award-winning playwright from Dublin.

Theatre credits include:
Two Ladies, Bridge Theatre, London
The Red Shoes, Gate Theatre, Dublin
Our New Girl, Bush Theatre, London and Atlantic Theater, New York
No Romance, Peacock Theatre, Dublin
Baddies: The Musical, Unicorn Theatre, London
Love In A Glass Jar, Peacock Theatre Dublin
Journey to X, National Theatre Connections
The Kreutzer Sonata, Gate Theatre, London and La Mama, New York

Nancy received The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and The Stewart Parker Award for her debut full- length play No Romance in 2012. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. She has also written for radio and television and was nominated for a BAFTA as a Breakthrough Talent in 2014 for her writing on the Channel 4 series Dates.

About Druid

Druid was founded in Galway in 1975 by Garry Hynes, Marie Mullen and Mick Lally, the first professional Irish theatre company outside of Dublin.

The company’s successes include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, in a co-production with the Royal Court Theatre, which went on to win four Tony Awards, including Best Director for Garry Hynes, the first woman to win an award for directing in the history of the Tony Awards; The Leenane Trilogy (with the Royal Court); DruidSynge – all six John Millington Synge plays in a single day; DruidMurphy – Plays by Tom Murphy (2013), a trilogy of Conversations on a Homecoming, A Whistle in the Dark and Famine; DruidShakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV (Part One), Henry IV (Part Two) and Henry V in a new adaptation by Mark O’Rowe (2015); and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett which opened at Galway International Arts Festival (2016) and by the end of 2018 had toured Ireland twice, played at the Abbey Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival and several US cities and prestigious venues including New York’s Lincoln Center.

Druid is a writers theatre with a track record for introducing writers who have gone on to gain outstanding reputations among Irish and international audiences, including Martin McDonagh, Owen McCafferty, Vincent Woods, Abbie Spallen, Gerald Murphy, Christian O’Reilly and Lucy Caldwell. The company has also premiered new plays from writers entering into a highly acclaimed mid-career phase, among whom are Enda Walsh, Marina Carr and Stuart Carolan. Druid continue to nurture new writing through its open submissions and Druid Debuts series. Several Druid Debuts have gone on to full productions, including last year’s double world premieres of Furniture by Sonya Kelly and Shelter by Cristín Kehoe at the Galway International Arts Festival. This year, Furniture toured to 13 counties across Ireland. In 2019, Druid will present a year of new writing, with all work being world premieres by living writers.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

The Beacon is part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019. Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. Learn More. 



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