Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol is a play about an ageing alcoholic who is forced to confront the failures of his past. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London, on 7 January 2000.
It’s Christmas Eve and Dublin undertaker John Plunkett is sharing memories of funerals over the years and dispensing advice to his young assistant, Mark. But the arrival of his estranged grown-up daughter, Mary, shows him the time has come to face up to his own disastrous past in order to overcome his fear of the future.
The Royal Court premiere was the first production in the newly rebuilt theatre on Sloane Square. It was directed by Ian Rickson and designed by Rae Smith, with Brian Cox as John, Andrew Scott as Mark and Bronagh Gallagher as Mary.
The play was produced in Chicago by Steppenwolf Theatre Company in November 2008 in a production directed by Amy Morton.
It was revived by the Donmar Warehouse in their West End season at the Trafalgar Studios in December 2011, in a production directed by Abbey Wright.