The Steward of Christendom - Lime Tree Theatre

The Steward of Christendom

Presented by The Gate Theatre

Written by Sebastian Barry

Starring Owen Roe as the unforgettable Thomas Dunne,


Set in a county home in Baltinglass in 1932, The Steward of Christendom centres on Dunne, reliving moments of his career as a senior officer in the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP), including the handover of Dublin Castle to Michael Collins in 1922 following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

The Steward of Christendom

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The Steward of Christendom is a profoundly moving play and features reimagined memories of his family: his daughters, Annie, Maud, and Dolly, and his son, Willie, killed in World War I.

These reveries are interspersed by interactions between Dunne and Mrs. O’Dea and Smith, two attendants from the home.

This new revival coincides with the 100th anniversary of the handover of Dublin Castle to the Provisional Government of Ireland.

“Owen Roe is magnificent”  ★★★★  Irish Examiner

The Steward of Christendom Company

Director: Louise Lowe
Writer: Sebastian Barry
Set Designer: Paul Wills
Costume Designer: Joan O’Clery
Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan
Composer and Sound Designer: Philip Stewart
Assistant Director: Samantha Cade

Thomas Dunne: Owen Roe
Smith: Cillian Ó Gairbhí
Mrs O’Dea: Niamh McCann
Maud: Eavan Gaffney
Annie: Julie Crowe
Young Recruit: Cillian Lenaghan
Dolly: Caroline Menton
Matt: Darragh Shannon
Willie: Oscar Gilligan
Willie: Ruben Lawless Cotter
Willie: Simon Maughan


  • Please note all ticket prices include a booking charge.
  • No exchanges or refunds.
  • Masks/Face coverings are optional.
  • Wheelchair spaces can only be booked over the phone. Please call box office on (061) 953400 if you wish to book a wheelchair space.
  • No late comers admitted to the theatre once show commences.
  • Limited parking available for patrons, please arrive early. Disability and bus parking on campus

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