05 Sep 2008 - 20 Sep 2008

The Almeida Theatre presents the Abbey Theatre (Ireland) production in association with The Public Theater (New York) of

Kicking a Dead Horse

By Sam Shepard with Stephen Rea

Directed By Sam Shepard with Stephen Rea

Ticket prices: £6 - £25

production information

Sam Shepard's striking play tells the story of one man's quest for authenticity.

The world premiere of Kicking a Dead Horse continues the Abbey & Almeida Theatres' ongoing exploration of Shepard's work and the commitment to Shepard as one of the most important playwrights of his generation.

Shepard wrote Kicking a Dead Horse especially for the Abbey Theatre and the celebrated Irish actor, Stephen Rea, who stars in this production.

The Almeida last produced Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss to great critical acclaim.

Kicking a Dead Horse is currently playing at the Public Theatre New York.

Dates & Tickets

Tue to Sat at 7.30pm
Sun at 6pm

There are also matinee performances on Sat at 3pm
There are no Mon performances

Academy Award nominated Stephen Rea has had a distinguished career spanning film, theatre and television. He has performed extensively at the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and the Royal Court as well as Dublin’s Gate Theatre and Field Day Theatre Company, of which he was a co-founder.

In London he was most recently seen in Harold Pinter’s Celebration at the Albery Theatre marking the author’s 75th birthday. He has previously been directed by Sam Shepard in Geography of a Horse Dreamer at the Royal Court, and he himself directed Shepard’s Little Ocean at the Hampstead Theatre.

His many feature film credits include The Crying Game, Pret-a-Porter, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, The End of the Affair, V for Vendetta, Interview with a Vampire, Breakfast on Pluto and most recently Jumper. In 2007 he appeared on BBC 4 in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen and also on C4 in Harold Pinter’s Celebration.

Stephen is an Associate Artist of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Rea's performance is typically compelling

The Times


The piece is filled with the indefinable poetry of loss... Rea's performance captures supremely the character's mix of the elegiac and the absurd.

The Guardian


Wonderful writing: tough, poetic and funny... Rea is a joy.

Financial Times


Additional information

Running Time: 70 mins no interval

Cast & Creatives

Stephen Rea
Joanne Crawford

Director Sam Shepard 
Design Brien Vahey
Lighting Design John Comiskey
Costume Design Joan Bergin