John B. Keane’s hilarious play The Matchmaker comes to The Watergate Theatre for two nights this week – Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 October. One of Ireland’s greatest comedic talents Jon Kenny comes together with legendary Irish actor Mary McEvoy in a revival of Michael Scott’s iconic production of The Matchmaker.

The Matchmaker, an adaption from Keane’s best-selling book, Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer, follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn in rural Ireland.

Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses The Matchmaker as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of ageing parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.

Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvellously colourful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Opening Night Offer

Opening night is Wednesday 8 October with the first thirty tickets at the special rate of €15. Bookings can be made for this rate by contacting the Box Office on (056) 7761674 for more information.

Tickets, priced €20/18 normally are on sale now via the box office (in person), the number above or online at