Patrick Mason (born 1951 in London)[1] is a British theatre director.


Mason was educated at Downside School and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.[1] He was appointed fellow in drama at the University of Manchester in 1974 and then lecturer in performance studies.[2] He joined the Abbey Theatre in Dublin as a resident director in 1977 but later left to become a freelance theatre director. In 1992 he won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award as director of Dancing at Lughnasa on Broadway. He returned to the Abbey Theatre as artistic director from 1993 to 1999.[citation needed]

Mason has been in a relationship with his partner Sean McCarthy (a former schoolteacher at a school in Rathmines) for more than three decades. The couple met through the Abbey Theatre and live in Ranelagh, County Dublin. Mason is 9 years younger than his partner.[3]


  1. ^ a b The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, edited by Robert Welch, Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ Patrick Mason, Dublin Theatre Festival website. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  3. ^ Patrick Mason Archived 2017-07-24 at the Wayback Machine, Abbey Theatre website. Retrieved 27 October 2011.