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December 03 - 22, 2018
Time: 1pm (doors at 12.50pm)

The perfect drama for the Festive Season!
BEWLEY’S CAFÉ THEATRE is proud to present...


Adapted by Michael James Ford from the short story by Fitz-James O’Brien
Directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh
Starring Ashleigh Dorrell, Jamie O’Neill and Fabiano Roggio.

When love alone can’t put food upon the table…

It is almost Christmas in the year 1857 and Dick and Agnes Burdoon find themselves in dire straits in a tenement room in New York’s notorious Lower East Side. Abandoned by their wealthy relatives and unable to find work, they must use all their imaginative resources in order to stave off imminent starvation. As they prepare to peddle the last of their meagre possessions, the unlikeliest of salvations is just around the corner.

Dinner in Mulberry Street is both a love story and a celebration of fine food and drink. Heart-warming and hilarious, it is a perfect drama for the Festive Season.

The play was adapted from Fitz-James O’Brien’s short story Duke Humphrey’s Dinner, the title of which refers to the now obsolete phrase “to dine with Duke Humphrey”, meaning to have no dinner at all. Like his protagonists, O’Brien was no stranger to poverty. The scion of Cork landed gentry, he squandered his considerable inheritance on extravagant excess and fled to New York in 1851, where he scraped a living writing poetry, plays, stories and literary criticism. Remembered as a brilliant wit, a charming companion and an irrepressible pugilist, O’Brien joined the Union Army in the American Civil War and died of wounds in 1862 at the age of just 33.

Set design by Andrew Murray. Costume design by Nicola Burke.
Lighting design by Colm Maher

PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT POST OUT TICKETS. We will have a record of your booking at the door.
Lunchtime shows start at 1.10pm (doors open from 12.50pm). Please arrive no later than 1pm. Thank you.

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NOTE: Soup service is suspended till further notice. In place of this we invite you to dine, before or after the show, in Bewley’s café.
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