Presented by The Everyman and Project Arts Centre, in association with Cork Midsummer Festival



Dates: 16 Jul - 27 Jul

Show Time: 8pm

Tickets: €22 - €18 (Earlybird – Book before 10 July & Save 25% / Real deal – All tickets 16 July just €15! )

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“Hugely cynical & hilarious… one of the most stylish plays I’ve seen in quite a while” Sunday Independent

*****”Original, funny and candidly entertaining!”

“Winter’s ideas are insightful & intelligent – among the most thought-provoking this year” Sunday Times

High-flying real estate agent Kay Keane isn’t just earning a living for her family, she’s making a killing. Meanwhile, her husband and would-be novelist, Alan, is staked out at home, minding their children and earning ‘pin money’ by writing best man speeches. Juggling the modern-day demands of job and family is not easy, but this sparring pair seem to have arrived at a win-win situation. That is until Marta moves in. Hired to take care of their children so that Alan can finally write his novel, this sexy, straight-talking Bolivian nanny brings buried tensions to the fore. As Kay stingingly observes, soon the entire house is ‘smoking with lust for Nanny’.


Best Man is a devastatingly funny play about family wars and the wreckage caused when estranged parents compete for the spoils of property – and children…


This bold new play from award-winning playwright Carmel Winters deals with the near-taboo topics of sex, power and parentage within modern relationships. Set in the intoxicating height of the boom and, finally, the sober fall of the bust, Best Man prompts a public reckoning of our most private struggles as questions of power within the family are examined with scorching insight.


Following the nationwide success of the high profile B for Baby tour by the Abbey, we are delighted to present a new play from one of Ireland’s most exciting writers. Best Man, starring leading Irish actors Derbhle Crotty and Bryan Murray, is sure to become one of the most publicly debated and triumphant plays of the year.


There will be a post-show discussion with writer, Carmel Winters, and Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre, Cian O’Brien, folloing the performance on 17 July.Best Man is supported by an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. This play was originally commissioned by Abbey Theatre Amharclann na Mainistreach


Ticket Information & Performance Dates


16 – 27 July ~ Tickets €22/€18
Real Deal 16 July ~ All Tickets €15
Matinee 27 July, 3pm ~ Tickets €18

Suitable ages 16+ contains strong language and sexual references

Concession tickets are available, with valid identification, to Students, Senior Citizens, Equity Members and the Unwaged.

BOOKING: (+353 1) 881 9613


Group discounts available in advance only, ask to speak to Melanie or email (Mon-Fri during office hours)


Our seating is unreserved so you will choose your seat on the night of the performance. We advise you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time as we are unable to seat patrons once a performance has begun. Before the show, why not…have a look around our gallery. During exhibitions our gallery is open Mon-Sat from 11AM until the performance begins……or catch up with your friends by having a drink in our bar. We offer a full bar service so if you just can’t wait to talk about the show join us afterwards for another.

Parking Offer

Present your Project Art Centre ticket (evening performances only) at the Fleet Street Car Park and you will qualify for a special fixed price of just €5. Ask at box office for more information.


Written by Carmel Winters
Directed by Michael Barker-Caven
Produced by Rachel Murray
Set & Costume Design by Liam Doona
Lighting Design by Sinéad McKenna

Starring Derbhle Crotty, Peter Gowen, Kate Stanley Brennan, Roisin O’Neill, Bryan Murray and Una Crawford O’Brien


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