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Fairy Tales of New York


  • Playwright

    J.P. Donleavy 

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the author's novel 'A Fairy Tale of New York'.

  • Synopsis

    Donleavy's adaptation of his own novel follows the rise and fall of the fortunes of Cornelius Christian. Recently widowed, this American expatriate returns to bury his wife and is confronted by a New York he can barely recognise.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.


  • Date of First Production

    06 December 1960

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Spur Productions Ltd.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Pembroke Theatre-in-the-Round, Croydon, Surrey, England.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Irish Premiere was at the Peacock Theatre in the Dublin Theatre Festival of 1973.

Original Cast  
Charlie Harry Towb
Second Stevedore Harry Towb
Third Stevedore Harry Towb
Howard How Harry Towb
Mike O'Rourke Harry Towb
Cornelius Christian Barry Foster
Elaine Musk Susan Hampshire
Gertrude Gentle Susan Hampshire
Charlotte Graves Susan Hampshire
Miss Kelly Susan Hampshire
Charlie Robert Ayres
Customs Man Robert Ayres
First Stevedore Robert Ayres
Norman Vine Robert Ayres
Steve Mott Robert Ayres
Fritz Robert Ayres
The Admiral Robert Ayres
Production Team  
Director Philip Wiseman
Settings by Assheton Gorton
Producer William Donaldson


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