From 25th April 2019


“Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.”

A tragic semi-autobiographical tale of family, love, truth, and illusion retold through the haze of memory and the distortion of emotional recollection. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams catapulted its playwright to stardom and became the basis for numerous stage revivals, radio, television, and film productions since it was first performed in Chicago in 1944.

Set during the Great Depression of 1930s America, Williams’ “memory play” tells the story of Tom, a young man longing to escape the gloomy St. Louis apartment he shares with his overbearing and histrionic mother Amanda and shy sister Laura. The story of this fractured American family is told through Tom’s narrative voice and skewed memories.




Cast & Creatives

Cast includes Frank Blake, Samantha Bond, Zara Devlin, and Marty Rea.

  • Director and Designer
    Tom Cairns
  • Costume Designer
    Lorna Marie Mugan
  • Lighting Designer
    Paul Keogan
  • Composer and Sound Designer
    Sinéad Diskin
  • Voice Coach
    Gavin O'Donoghue
  • Assistant Set Designer
    Jacob Hughes
  • Assistant Director/PA
    Jack Reardon

Dates & Tickets

We ask that patrons with mobility issues please book directly through our Box Office on 01 874 4045.

Previews: from Thurs 25th April 2019
Opening Night: Wed 1st May 2019
Matinees: Sat – 2.30pm
Evenings: Mon to Sat – 7.30pm

Tickets: from €15

Age Guidance: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is recommended for audiences aged 14+. Parental discretion is advised.

Production Events and Group Information

Thursday 02 May 2019
Late at the Gate | Post-Performance Q&A with Director and Designer Tom Cairns and the Cast of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Moderated by Eugene Downes.
After the performance on Thursday 02 May, enjoy a short break before returning to the auditorium for an exclusive and complimentary post-performance Q&A with Director and Designer Tom Cairns and the full cast of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. This event is complimentary to all Thursday 02 May performance ticket-holders. Book performance tickets to attend.

Thursday 16 May 2019
Sign Language Interpreted Performance (SLIP)
There will be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance of The Glass Menagerie on Thursday 16 May 2019. Contact boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie for more information.

Group Bookings
Group discounts are available for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday performances. If you would like to arrange for a large group (10 or more) to attend an upcoming performance at the Gate, contact us directly on 01 874 4045 or email boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie.