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Spreading the News

A Comedy in One Act

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Lady Gregory 

  • Setting

    The Outskirts of a Fair

  • Synopsis

    In a small village in rural Ireland, a new (English) magistrate inspects stalls at the local fair, expecting the worst. Because of Mrs. Tarpey's hearing impairment and the villagers' love of gossip, a misunderstanding arises and starts to take root, leading to a false arrest for a murder that never happened...

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    7

  • Cast Size Female

    3

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Mrs Fallon Sara Allgood
Shawn Early J.H. Dunne
A Removable Magistrate Frank Fay
Bartley Fallon W.G. Fay
Jack Smith P. MacShiubhlaigh
A Police Sergeant R Nash
Mrs Tarpey Maire Ní Gharbhaigh
Tim Casey G. Roberts
James Ryan Arthur Sinclair
Mrs Tully Emma Vernon

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    Selected Plays of Lady Gregory

  • Year

    1993

  • Published By

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P.O. Box 6
    Gerrards Cross
    Buckinghamshire SL9 8XA
    England

  • Phone

    + 44 1753 886000

  • Email

    sales@colinsmythe.co.uk

  • Website

    www.colinsmythe.co.uk

  • ISBN

    0-86140-100-X

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  • Title

    Five great modern Irish plays : 'The playboy of the Western world', by John M. Synge; 'Juno and the Paycock', by Sean O'Casey; 'Riders to the sea', by John M. Synge; 'Spreading the news', by Lady Gregory; 'Shadow and Substance', by Paul Vincent Carroll /

  • Year

    1941

  • Published By

    Random House

  • Address

    New York
    USA

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TRANSLATIONS

  • Published in Irish as

  • Title

    Dubhairt Sé Dabhairt Sé

  • Published By

    An Gúm

  • Address

    Foras na Gaeilge, 7 Cearnóg Mhuirfean
    Baile Átha Cliath 2
    Baile Átha Cliath
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    1850 325 325 / 0845 309 8142 (TÉ)

  • Email

    eolas@forasnagaeilge.ie

  • Published in Danish as

  • Title

    Det glade budskab; by Lady Gregory ; [omslag: Marianne Bisballe]

  • Year

    2002

  • Published By

    Publisher not found

  • Address

    England

  • ISBN

    8778652960 9788778652966 8778652979 9788778652973

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Copyright Expired

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

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