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The Abbey Theatre and Dublin City Council presents ULYSSES

Photo credit: Ste Murray

The Abbey Theatre and Dublin City Council presents ULYSSES

10-16 June

by James Joyce read by Barry McGovern

‘ The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring ‘ James Joyce, Ulysses


2022 marks 100 years since the publication of one of the greatest modern novels, Ulysses by James Joyce. 

Acclaimed actor Barry McGovern has been reading this famous text for over 50 years.  He has read the entire book, episode by episode, over many years in the Tower in Sandycove.

Now, in this centenary year, he takes to the Peacock stage to read the complete book over seven consecutive days. The final day of the reading takes place on Bloomsday, Thursday 16th June. 

“I want to read the entire book in public to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Ulysses and to show people who are afraid of the book how life affirming and how funny it is.“ Barry McGovern

Set entirely on one day, 16 June 1904, Ulysses follows Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus as they go about their daily business in Dublin. 

Delve into a single chapter or immerse yourself completely in one of literature’s greatest masterpieces.


Tickets are €12 (€10 concession) per session, or a bundle ticket for all sessions can be purchased for €40. There will be short breaks between each chapter. 

Please see the full schedule below for more details


Written by: James Joyce

Read by: Barry McGovern

Curator: Ray Yeates

Photography: Ste Murray

Producer: Melissa Nolan



Friday 10th June, 10am – 1pm: 10am Telemachus (50mins), 11am Nestor (35 mins), 12pm Proteus (50mins)   

Friday 10th June, 2pm – 6pm: 2pm Calypso (50 mins), 3pm Lotus Eaters (45mins), 4pm Hades (1hr 15mins)

Saturday 11th June, 10am – 1.30pm: 10am Aeolus (1hr 15mins), 12pm Lestrygonians (1hr 30mins)

Saturday 11th June, 3pm – 4.30pm: 3pm Scylla and Charybdis. (1hr 20mins)

Sunday 12th June, 11am – 1pm: Wandering Rocks

Sunday 12th June, 2pm – 4pm: Sirens

Monday 13th June, 10am – 1pm: Cyclops

Monday 13th June, 2pm – 4pm: Nausicaa.

Tuesday 14th June, 10am – 1pm: Oxen of the Sun

Tuesday 14th June, 2pm – 5pm: Circe (part one)

Wednesday 15th June, 10am – 1pm: Circe (part two)

Wednesday 15th June, 2pm – 5pm: Eumaeus

Thursday 16th June, 10am – 1pm: Ithaca

Thursday 16th June, 2pm – 5pm: Penelope.

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