Dinner With Groucho by Frank McGuinness. A waitress is showing a bottle of wine to a seated gentleman. The gentleman is Groucho Marx. In the background, there is a large image of T.S. Eliot
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UK Premiere

Two men, together, on the edge of heaven.

In a strange restaurant two American giants who revere each other, Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot, meet for dinner. Both in their own ways great defiant spirits, they create magic and anarchy, revealing secrets and sorrows. The evening is presided over by the Proprietor, who seems to control the workings of the universe.

Or does she?

In Dinner With Groucho all is revealed, or nearly so…

An evening that promises blistering wit, brilliant buffoonery, and reflections on the ephemeral nature of life from the award-winning writer of such iconic plays as Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and The Factory Girls comes this fast-paced fictional dinner date like no other.

Age guidance: 10 Yrs+

7 Oct: BSL signed performance by Kristina Laverty. Made possible thanks to support from Halifax Foundation For Northern Ireland.

Note: Sales will close on our Box Office at 4pm daily for that day’s performance. Limited tickets available at The MAC.


  • Frank McGuinness


Groucho Cast
  • Ian Bartholomew (Geoff Metcalfe, Coronation Street) as Groucho Marx
  • Ingrid Craigie (Mary, Blood; Rita, You Are Not My Mother) as Proprietor
  • Greg Hicks (title roles in Coriolanus, Hamlet, and Macbeth for Royal Shakespeare Company) as Tom

Creative Team

  • Director: Loveday Ingram
  • Set Designer: Adam Wiltshire
  • Costume Design: Joan Bergin
  • Costume Design Assistant: Gabriel O’Brien
  • Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan
  • Choreographer: David Bolger
  • Composer & Sound Designer: Conor Linehan
  • Sound Programmer: Fiona Shiel
  • Magic Consultant: Pat Fallon

Production Team

  • Production Manager: Eamon Fox
  • Stage Manager: Audrey Cepeda
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Spratt
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Abi Cepeda
  • Production Assistant: Rachel Heyburn
  • Graphic Designer and Website Designer: Ben Stenning
  • Production Photography: Barry McCall and Ros Kavanagh
  • Bowe Communications
  • Marketing Director: Niamh Honer
  • Promo Film: David Merriman and Jim Sheridan
  • Rehearsal Photos: Martin Nagle
  • Photoshoot Makeup: Sarah McCann
  • Producer: Alison McKenna

b*spoke theatre company is supported by the Arts Council | An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Arts Council Ireland Funding Theatre

Photography by Barry McCall ©
Background image is a detail from T.S. Eliot by Ida Kar © National Portrait Gallery, London


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Dinner With Groucho Playtext

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This reimagined meeting between Groucho Marx and TS Eliot is delivered with breakneck speed, comic timing and subtlety

The Irish Times

McGuinness is a master craftsman among dramatists

The Herald