(From RTE, 3/21; Photo: Sean O’Casey with Irish actress Siobhan McKenna in March 1953.)

Druid Theatre has announced plans to stage three landmark works by Seán O’Casey later this year.

The Galway-based company will present ‘Druid O’Casey’, featuring the trilogy of The Plough and the Stars, The Shadow of a Gunman and Juno and the Paycock.

The plays cover the period from the 1916 Rising, through to the Civil War, detailing a key period in the country’s history, as seen through the eyes of characters and families living through those times.

The production will have its premiere as part of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival, running for the entire duration of the two week event at the Town Hall Theatre.

Druid says the undertaking will allow audiences to experience O’Casey’s work like never before, with the three plays performed together in one day.

A number of single-play performances will also be staged.

The production will be directed by Garry Hynes and will feature a cast of 18 actors.

Members of the Druid ensemble will be joined by actors including Bosco Hogan, Hilda Fay and Zara Devlin.

After the July premiere in Galway, the plays will tour to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Ms Hynes said it had been a long held ambition of hers to combine the three O’Casey works into one theatrical saga.

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