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Kincora

A Play in Three Acts

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Lady Gregory 

  • Setting

    Opens in an enchanted forest.

  • Synopsis

    The guardian spirit of the royal family appears to young Brian and offers him immortal love and happiness if he turns his back on his duty to Ireland. He refuses the offer. The first act shows Brian many years later. He is an old man who has spent his life at war, but with the belief that peace will be restored. Queen Gormleith and her husband Malachi then appear. The Queen leaves her husband for Brian, the more powerful king, but then betrays him by vowing to give herself to the Danes. Brian's son is then offered the same promise by the spirit that appeared at the opening. He is told he has one hour to live and yet still heroically refuses the offer. The play ends with Brian and Murrough contemplating their deaths.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    10

  • Cast Size Female

    3

  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Phelan Udolphus Wright
A Dane Udolphus Wright
Malachy Ambrose Power
Brian of the Tributes Frank Fay
Brennain Arthur Sinclair
Aoibhell Sara Allgood
Derrick W.G. Fay
Murrough G. Roberts
Maire Maire NĂ­ Gharbhaigh
Gormleith Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh
Maemora Seumus O'Sullivan
Sitric P. MacShiubhlaigh
Rury J.H. Dunne
Brodar R Nash
Production Team  
Costumes Robert Gregory
Scenery Robert Gregory

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Copyright Expired

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.