The Gate Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company present

The President
by Thomas Bernhard

The Irish Times
The Stage
Irish Examiner
The Arts Review



Contains strong language and the use of herbal cigarettes. Contains flashing and strobe lighting. For ages 14+


In a small, unnamed country, there has been an assassination. However, the gunmen missed their intended targets, the President and the First Lady, killing instead a loyal bodyguard and the First Lady’s beloved dog.

As a revolution brews right outside their front door, the First Lady sits with a mixture of hysterics, rage and obsession. The President holds forth in a verbal tsunami of self-aggrandisement and vainglory, while his mistress, an actress, gambles his cash away in the blackjack room next door.

With its depictions of the abuses of power, the disdain and paranoia of privilege, and prophecies of the age of surveillance, corruption and terrorism, The President is as striking and resonant as when it was first performed in 1975.

The first ever co-production between the Gate Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company, The President will open at the Gate Theatre on Thursday 8th February before transferring to Sydney for a run from Saturday 13th April. For this rare and remarkable international collaboration, the cast and creative team will be drawn equally from the finest Irish and Australian theatre-making talents to create a singular, global theatrical event.

Approx 2hr 30 mins including interval.


Tickets from €16 on sale now.

NEW: 2PM SUNDAY MATINEES from 18th February on sale now!



Julie Forsyth
Masseur, Officer, Attendant, Butcher
Mrs. Frolick
First Lady
Officer, Chaplain, Attendant, Maid
Waiter, Ambassador, Officer


Directed by Tom Creed
Written by Thomas Bernhard
Translated by Gitta Honegger
Designer Elizabeth Gadsby
Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna
Music and Sound Stefan Gregory
Movement Director Danielle Micich
Dramaturg Tom Wright
Associate Director Ian Michael
Associate Designer Florentina Burcea
Voice & Text Coach Charmian Gradwell



Stage Manager Roxzan Bowes
Deputy Stage Manager Sophie Flynn
Assistant Stage Managers Mark Jackson and Aoife Malin
Production Manager Kate Chapman
Lighting Programmer Eoin Lennon
Production Lighting Rory Donnelly, Maeubh Brennan
Lighting Operator Matt McGowan
Lighting Crew Avram Rosewood, Niamh O’Farrell-Tyler, Cathal Bruce
Set Construction TPS
Production Carpenter Ian Thompson
Production Stage Technician Darren Magnier
Stage Technicians Vincent Doherty, Ben Moore, Ross McSherry, Gus McDonagh
Sound Technicians Paddy Creegan, Mark King
Dresser Sarah Higgins
Maintenance Dara Gill
Hair and Make-up Artist Sarah McCann
Tailor to Mr Weaving Denis Darcy


Booking Information

The President runs at the Gate Theatre from 2nd February
In advance of booking, we kindly ask that patrons with accessibility requirements to contact boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie
Previews Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd, Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th February 2024.
Opening Night Thursday 8th February

Evening Shows: Café and Bar: 6:30pm | Doors: 7:00pm | Show: 7:30pm

Matinee Shows: Café and Bar: 1:00pm | Doors: 1:30pm | Show: 2:00pm

Notes No matinee Saturday, February 3rd
ISL-Interpreted performance Saturday 16th March| 2.00pm
Group Offer We are pleased to offer an exclusive discounted rate to group bookings, from groups larger than 6.

Tickets will be available with a 10% discount, strictly subject to availability. Tickets will be available in-person from the Gate Theatre Box Office.

Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. 

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  • Rate applicable to groups larger than 6.
  • Rate available strictly through Gate Theatre Box Office only.
  • Not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
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