Stage Director, Writer

David Horan

Selected credits

  • This Beautiful VillageThe Abbey Theatre, Dublin
  • ClassThe Bush Theatre, London & the Abbey Theatre, Dublin
  • Hue and CryBewley's Café Theatre
  • MollGaiety Theatre in Association with Verdant Productions
  • Dancing at LughnasaSecond Age Theatre Company
  • Peter Pan Pavilion Theatre
  • Tick my Box!Inis Theatre


David is the Artistic Director of the famous Bewley’s Café Theatre in Dublin. He is also a freelance director and an award winning writer.

He directed Lisa Tierney-Keogh’s play This Beautiful Village, which premiered to a sold out run in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. The play will return to the Abbey and embark on a national tour in 2020. His play Class, co-written and directed with Iseult Golden, won Best Theatre Script, ZeBBie Awards from the Writers Guild of Ireland and an Edinburgh Fringe First Award.  Other writing credits include Belonging to Laura, a contemporary film adaptation of Lady Windermere’s Fan (Accomplice/TV3) and The Importance of Being Whatever, an adaption of Earnest (IFTA Winner 2012).

His directing credits include: Beowulf: the Blockbuster (Edinburgh Fringe Stage Award, IAC New York, NY Times Critic’s Pick), These Halcyon Days (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner/DTF 2012), Moment (Bush Theatre, London), Moll (Gaiety, MCD/Verdant Productions), Pineapple (Calipo/DTF), Hue and Cry (IAC New York Times Critics Pick, Bewleys), MacbethDancing at Lughnasa (Second Age), Anglo the Musical (re-envisaged for the Olympia), In The Pipeline (Paines Plough/Oran Mor Theatre, Glasgow), The Death of Harry Leon (Winner of the Stewart Parker Award for Best New Play 2009), Peter Pan (Pavilion Theatre @ Christmas), and the award-winning Tick my Box! (Inis Theatre).

Featured work

This Beautiful Village

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Written by Lisa Tierney-Keogh
Set Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Lighting: SJ Shiels
Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Sound: Carl Kennedy
Photo by Pat Redmond

Following its sold-out premiere in 2019, This Beautiful Village returns to The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, followed by a national tour in 2020.

“A terrific new play, utterly clued in to the zeitgeist” Irish Independent 


Dublin Theatre Festival, Abbey Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Written & Directed by David Horan
& Iseult Golden
Design: Maree Kearns
Lighting: Kevin Smith
Sound: Ivan Birthistle
Cast: Stephen Jones, Sarah Morris, Will O'Connell

The witty writing, sophisticated character development and profound study of family and education, are all what make CLASS an exceptional piece of theatre‘.
★★★★ The Wee Review
★★★★ Guardian

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