The Gaiety to Set Up Audiences with “The Matchmaker”

For one week only, John B. Keane’s The Matchmaker will be performed at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

Based on the legendary Irish writer’s novella Letters of a Country Matchmaker, the play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Comedian Jon Kenny (d’Unbelievables, Father Ted) stars in the production, alongside actress Mary McEvoy (long running RTE series Glenroe).

Keane (who died in 2002) was acclaimed for his well-observed depictions of Irish life.  The Matchmaker serves as an exploration of rural loneliness, focusing on the generations of people who only began to look for companionship and love late in life, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded.

Organisers say The Matchmaker showcases the writer’s inimitable way with words and wit, as he delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely country people. In doing so, he takes us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Returning due to phenomenal demand, the smash hit play’s previous run in 2015 received rave reviews. Dublin Live said: “The Gaiety’s hilarious production of The Matchmaker will leave you in stitches,” while The Sunday Business post declared: “The Matchmaker is a classic that continues to entertain.”

Kenny and McEvoy’s performances were also acclaimed. Praising the actors, The Irish Times stated: “As directed by Michael Scott, Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny provide everything Keane could have desired.”

The play runs from November 5 – 10 at the Gaiety with 7.30pm shows Monday to Saturday, as well matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are from €20 and can be found at

For group sales call +353 (1) 646 8687 or e-mail [email protected] 
Meanwhile, for wheelchair and box bookings phone +353 (1) 679 5622.

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