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A Bride for the Unicorn

An Imaginary Adventure in play form.


  • Playwright

    Denis Johnston 

  • Synopsis

    A schoolboy who is growing despondent over academic knowledge is led into an unexpected wedding with a mysterious Masked Lady. The latter disappears during the night, setting the hero on a life-long search for his lost love. His schoolmates enroll along with him just as the Argonauts assisted Jason in Greek myth, and the hero’s quest is presented as a station drama in which he is allowed to observe and comment on his frustrating social life, as well as to express his deeply repressed aspirations and fears. The challenging theatrical devices Johnston experiments with in order to portray man’s progress through life nonetheless suggest that life, and drama as well, have more to do with the search itself than with its result.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
A Nannie Esme Biddle
The Girl with Ambitions Coralie Carmichael
Performer James Cassidy
The Girl with the Box Betty Chancellor
Performer Leslie Colling-Mudge
Egbert the Eccentric Cyril Cusack
Performer Noel Delaney
Performer Cathleen Delany
A Publican James Devoy
Bernard the Brave Lionel Dymoke
John Phosphorus Hilton Edwards
Performer Hazel Ellis
An Inebriated Philosopher William Fassbender
Percy the Prosperous Harry Fine
An Inebriated Philosopher S.B. Fine
Performer Cyril Griffin
A Hotel Manager Victor Harris
A Learned Judge Victor Harris
A Policeman Robert Hennessy (1)
Albert the Acquisitive Edward Lexy
The Girl with the Mask Florence Lynch
A Drunk Swell Micheál Mac Liammóir
Harold the Helpful Cecil Monson
Leonard the Learned Art O'Murnaghan
Lewis the Loving Raymond Percy
The Girl with the Ring Shelah Richards
A Distinguished Counsel Wm. Van Craen
A Draper Wm. Van Craen
An elderly relative Diana Vernon
Performer Eve Watkinson
Performer L. Zlotover
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Music by F.M. May
Music by Art O'Murnaghan
Masks Lucy Charles



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Micheal Johnston

  • Address

    20 Burdett Avenue, Sandycove
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland


The information for this entry was taken from the published script (Jonathan Cape, 1935)