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  • Playwright

    H.T. Lowe-Porter 

  • Synopsis

    A melodrama about a struggle for power amongst royalty, written in Elizabethan verse.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In addition to the above cast, an unspecified number of Citizens, Miners etc. were provide by Miss Josephine Albericci of Dublin School of Acting.


  • Date of First Production

    27 September 1948

  • Production Notes

    Marjory Hawtrey's dress in Act II by Lesley Lind, Embassy Theatre, London. Men's Costumes by SAMUELS, London. Gaiety Orchestra under the direction of Bay Jellett.

  • Producer

    Presented by Edwards-Mac Liammoir Gate Theatre Productions

  • Original Venue

    Gaiety Theatre

Original Cast  
Second Equerry Peter Allen
Second Duke John Battles
The King Denis Brennan
The Foreign Lady Sheila Burrell
Children Gloria Byrne
Governess Daphne Carroll
Second Lady-in-Waiting Elizabeth Cheatle
Miner's Wife Monica Coen
First Nurse Isobel Couser
First Duke Patrick Crean
Children Ann Daly
The Countess Cathleen Delany
Children Maurice Devitt
The Privy Councillor Hilton Edwards
The Bard Hilton Edwards
Singers Mairin Fenning
Singers Joseph Flood
Second Nurse Wendy Fowler
Fifth Minister Liam Gannon
The Queen Marjory Hawtrey
The Archbishop Robert Hennessy (1)
Rumour Helena Hughes
The Second Princess Helena Hughes
Third Minister Kendrick Huxham
The Premier Reginald Jarman
The Duchess Agnes Kelly
Itinerant Speaker Rory Kilkenny
Soldiers James Lucas
The Prince Micheál Mac Liammóir
Soldiers Seamus McDonald
The First Princess Mary Rose McMaster
First Lady-in-Waiting Eileen Morrison
Second Miner Frank Murphy (1)
Singers Anthony Nolan
Miner Patrick Nolan
Nurse with Infant Una O'Higgins
Second Minister Gearoid O'Lochlann
A Cleric Gearoid O'Lochlann
Sixth Minister Art O'Murnaghan
Fourth Minister Richard Pollock
Third Duke Godfrey Quigley
First Equerry Ian Sainsbury
Soldiers John Tully
Singers Hilda White
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Carl Bonn
Lighting Designer Hilton Edwards
Costumes Carl Bonn
Dance Advisor Cepta Cullen
Musical Director Adolphe Gébler
Music Arranged by Adolphe Gébler
Musical Director Bay Jellett
Manager Raymond Percy
Stage Manager Eric Copley
Assistant Stage Manager Mary Rose McMaster
Assistant Stage Manager Godfrey Quigley
Set Construction T. Daly
Wardrobe Master Paul Smith
Costume Construction Paul Smith
Chief Electrician Don Farquharson



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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from press cuttings