Tom Murphy was born in Tuam, Co Galway, in 1935.
His works have been performed and broadcast widely in Europe and the US. He has worked closely with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and the Druid Theatre Company, Galway.
His plays are A Whistle in the Dark (London, Stratford East, The Theatre Royal, 1961);.The Orphans (Dublin, The Gate Theatre, 1965); On the Outside (with Noel O’Donoghue, Dublin, Project Arts Centre In association with Four-in-One Players, 1974);The J. Arthur Maginnis Story (Dunlaoighre, The Pavillion Theatre, 1986); On the Inside (The Abbey Theatre, 1984); Famine (The Abbey Theatre, 1968); A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant (The Abbey Theatre, 1969); The Morning After Optimism (The Abbey Theatre, 1971); The Sanctuary Lamp (The Abbey Theatre, 1975); The Blue Macushla (The Abbey Theatre, 1985); Conversations on a Homecoming (Galway, The Druid Theatre, 1985); The Gigli Concert (The Abbey Theatre, 1983); A Thief of Christmas (The Abbey Theatre, 1985); Bailegangaire (The Druid Theatre,1986);The Patriot Game (The Abbey Theatre, 1991); The Wake (Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, 1998); Too Late for Logic (The Abbely Theatre, 1999); The House (The Abbey Theatre, 2000); Alice Trilogy (London, The Royal Court Theatre, 2005); and The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant (The Abbey Theatre, 2009).
As Thomas Murphy he has published one novel, The Seduction of Morality (London, Little, Brown and Company, 1994).
He lives in Dublin.
Tom Murphy at Irish Playography