– Larry [King Lear] –

– Ghosts of Priory Hall [A Midsummer Night’s Dream] –

– McBen [Macbeth] –

Shakespeare in Dublin is a series of three short radio plays which were written in 2016 and broadcast on Near FM Community Radio in 2017/18 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Based on three of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, King Lear, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the series is a reimagining of each of the plays in contemporary Dublin. While the settings are clearly different, each play is faithful to the main characters, plot and central themes of the play on which it is based, as much as is possible in twenty minutes.

The plays were written by experienced, award-winning, local Dublin playwrights in conjunction with English teachers. Larry (based on King Lear) and McBen (based on Macbeth) are intended for TY or Leaving Cert students while The Ghosts of Priory Hall (based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is intended for a Junior Cycle or TY group. However, all plays are suitable for any English classroom depending on the age and stage of the learners.


Thank you to the many people who contributed to the Near FM’s ‘Shakespeare in Dublin’ Series. This series was an idea conceived by Paul Loughran and Ciaran Murray. It came into being thanks to the Near FM Drama Group, supported by the hardworking staff in Near FM who made this series and educational resources possible.

Education Resources

Writers – Mary-Elaine Tynan and Tomás Seale

Designer – Rank Os

With thanks to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. All plays in the ‘Shakespeare in Dublin’ series and the accompanying educational resources were made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television licence fee.