An unexpected pregnancy.
An unknown father.
The relationships that matter, and the secrets that don’t.

From 6th June 2019


In 2018 the Gate Theatre commissioned Roddy Doyle to write a stage version of his much loved Dublin novel The Snapper. This new adaptation played to packed houses in 2018, bringing in new audiences who had never visited the Gate before, and now the production will return to the Gate stage this summer.

The play offers a warm, frank and wickedly funny account of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin in the 1980s. The stage production at the Gate brings The Snapper back home to the Rotunda Hospital (where Sharon’s baby ‘the snapper’ is born) which sits right next door to the Gate.

Dates & Tickets

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

Previews: From Thurs 6th June
Opening Night: Wed 12th June
Matinees: Selected Wed & Sat – 2.30pm
Evenings: Mon to Sat – 7.30pm

Tickets: from €15

Running Time: 2 Hours and 20 Minutes (with Interval)

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

Note: The Snapper contains adult themes and strong language. Parental Guidance is advised.

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Niamh Branigan, Lilymai Clancy, Hazel Clifford, Simon Delaney, Hilda Fay, Luke Fitzgerald, Lauren Larkin, Molly McCarthy, Jayna McCloskey, Ellie Mooney, David Murray, Simon O’Gorman, Alannah Prendergast, Emer Ryan, Carmel Stephens, Amilia Stewart.

  • Director
    Róisín McBrinn
  • Set & Costume Designer
    Paul Wills
  • Lighting Designer
    Paul Keogan
  • Sound Designer
    Sinéad Diskin
  • Choreographer
    Paula O’Reilly
  • Video Designer
    Conan McIvor
  • Associate Designer
    Molly O'Cathain
  • Associate Lighting Designer
    Eoin Lennon
  • Assistant Director
    Mollie Molumby

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Arts Review

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‘A triumph’
The Times Ireland

‘Impossible not to like’
Irish Examiner

‘Stylish and fast paced … you’ll leave with a smile on your face’
No More Workhorse

‘Roddy Doyle’s baby banter brought to vivid life’
The Guardian

'The Snapper' Playlist

Listen to music featured in The Snapper below.

We’re some family, all the same. Cyclin’, dancin’ – havin’ snappers.”

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