The Last Return by Sonya Kelly

A Druid production

Preview Thursday, October 13th
Opens Friday, October 14th
Runs until Saturday, November 12th 2022

EXTRA DATES ADDED! Now running to November 12th 2022

The performance on Monday, October 17th was followed by a post-show discussion with Sonya Kelly and members of The Last Return cast, moderated by Róisín McBrinn, Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre. 

There was an ISL-interpreted performance on Saturday, October 15th at 7.30pm.

‘A shocking and very funny play’      ‘A true work of genius’
★★★★ The Irish Times                      ★★★★★  The Times

‘Blisteringly funny’                               ‘A spectacular piece of theatre’
★★★★★  The Arts Desk                    ★★★★★ The Wee Review

‘Pitch black comic mayhem’             ‘Elegant and powerful … beautifully delivered’
★★★★ The Guardian                         ★★★★ The Scotsman

‘Hottest ticket in town … hilarious’
Sunday Independent

‘Sonya Kelly establishes herself as a major Irish playwright’
Irish Independent

‘a very smart play which makes you laugh and wince in equal measure’
Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor


Not all good things come to those who wait.

One final night. One last chance. Five people queue for a ticket to the hottest show in town. All they must do is simply wait in line. But what in life is ever simple?

Who will triumph, who will fail, and who will walk away with… The Last Return?

Presented with the Gate Theatre, this new play by acclaimed playwright Sonya Kelly (Once Upon a Bridge, Furniture) is a thrilling comedy about conflict, peace and the pursuit of territory at any cost.

The Last Return at Dublin Theatre Festival follows its world premiere production at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival and a run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Content warning: Please note that this production contains adult themes, strong language, strobe lighting, haze effects and depictions of violence to others.

The Last Return Company

Ticket Person: Anna Healy
Newspaper Man: Bosco Hogan
Military Man: Fionn Ó Loingsigh
Umbrella Woman: Rebecca O’Mara
Woman in Pink: Naima Swaleh

Director: Sara Joyce
Set and Costume Design: Francis O’Connor
Lighting Design: Amy Mae
Sound Design and Composition: Michael John McCarthy
Movement: Jessica and Megan Kennedy (Junk Ensemble)
Dramatherapy: Wabriya King
Hair and Make-Up: Gráinne Coughlan
Associate Costume Designer: Clíodhna Hallissey
Assistant Director: Katie O’Halloran

Photography by Ste Murray
The above trailer features the Galway and Edinburgh company of The Last Return, including Fiona Bell as Umbrella Woman.

Dates & Tickets

In advance of booking, we kindly ask that patrons with accessibility requirements to contact boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie

Running Time: 90 mins without interval

Preview: Thursday, October 13th, 2022
Opening Night: Friday, October 14th, 2022
Run: Friday, October 14th to Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Monday to Friday: 7.30pm
Saturday, October 15th: 7.30pm
Saturdays, October 22nd and 29th and November 5th: 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets from €15

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