Greeted by riots when it premiered in Dublin in 1907, J.M. Synge’s classic comical account of misplaced hero-worship won’t cause much of a stir nowadays as the female population of a rural Irish community falls under the spell of a nondescript lad seeking refuge in the local shebeen and claiming to have killed his father. Robert Sheehan’s fantasising patricidal braggart grows in confidence as he pursues Ruth Negga’s purposeful barmaid, but it’s Kevin Trainor (as her cowardly would-be husband) and the excellent Niamh Cusack’s scheming widow who seem most at ease with the flowery, heavily accented dialogue.

Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB. Until Nov 26. £10-£49.50
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