In 1979 Joan Denise Moriarty's ballet adaptation of Synge's The Playboy of the Western World became a success nationally and internationally for the Irish Ballet Company. It was staged at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and from 12 to 17 February in the Cork Opera House, before its performance on Broadway in April 1979. Music for The Playboy of the Western World was arranged by and performed live by The Chieftains (Evening Echo, 10 & 17 February 1979, p. 5).
Throughout the 1970s the Missouri Catholic Theatre Guild visited Cork annually with performances during the summer months. The group was founded by Cork native Father John Long and had collaborated with the Monfort Singers for productions in Cork and the United States. In July 1979 the two groups teamed up again for a presentation of West Side Story for two weeks at the Cork Opera House. Among the local performers in the cast were Sharon Barry, Jo Cronin, Tony Callanan, and Frank Twomey (Evening Echo, 21 & 28 July 1979, p. 5).
One of the most eagerly awaited productions of the year was Dale Wasserman's stage adaption of Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. This Noel Pearson presentation featured distinguished names from Irish theatre, including Ray McAnally, Joan O'Hara, John Kavanagh, and Liam Neeson. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest played for two weeks at Cork Opera House from 8 to 20 October (Evening Echo, 21 July, p. 6 & 13 October 1979, p. 5).
1979 also saw the Theatre of the South group celebrate its 21st summer season. To mark this anniversary the group staged three of John B. Keane's plays. Over three consecutive weeks, from 6 to 25 August, The Field, Moll and The Buds of Ballybunion were staged at Cork Opera House, featuring James N. Healy, Dan Donovan, Mary Healy, Paddy Comerford, Chris Sheehan, Mary Foley, Flor Dullea, and other Theatre of the South actors. This celebratory season closed with the annual return of Summer Revels (Evening Echo, 28 July 1979, p. 5).
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|8 January||Patrick Gulliver||Everyman Playhouse|
|24 January||The BoyFriend||Everyman Playhouse|
|6 February||Bedroom Farce||Everyman Playhouse|
|20 February||Cití||Everyman Playhouse|
|27 February||The Family Reunion||Everyman Playhouse|
|16 April||Suddenly at Home||Everyman Playhouse|
|15 May||Aisling Mhic Artáin||Everyman Playhouse|
|21 May||I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell||Everyman Playhouse|
|6 August||The Field||Cork Opera House|
|27 August||Summer Revels '79||Cork Opera House|
|4 September||Ill Met by Moonlight||Everyman Playhouse|
|19 September||The Miracle Worker||Everyman Playhouse|
|3 October||Talbot's Box||Everyman Playhouse|
|15 October||The Story Goes||Everyman Playhouse|
|29 October||The Half-Promised Land||Everyman Playhouse|
|21 November||Clouds||Everyman Playhouse|
|4 December||Cluichí Cleamhnais||Everyman Playhouse|
|11 December||Straight Up||Everyman Playhouse|
|26 December||Robinson Crusoe||Everyman Playhouse|