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Sovereign Love

A Comedy in One Act

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    T.C. Murray 

  • Setting

    Rural County Cork

  • Notes

    A substantial reworking of Murray's first play 'The Wheel of Fortune'(listed separately),which premiered in Cork in 1909.

  • Synopsis

    The play centres on two families, The O’Donnells and the Kearneys, each eager to make marriage matches for their children with sound financial gain. Donal Kearney arranges for Andy Hyde, wealthy and returned from America, to marry his daughter, Ellen. But Hyde does not appear as arranged. Similarly, David O’Donnell’s intended does not appear. A match is made between the two young people. Just as the deal is done Hyde appears flashing his bankbook. Donal Kearney reneges on the arrangement with the O’Donnells and the two young lovers are left devastated.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    6

  • Cast Size Female

    3

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Maurice O'Brien Philip Guiry
Katty Kearney Eithne Magee
Charles O'Donnell Sydney J Morgan
Donald Kearney J M Kerrigan
Tom Daly Michael Conniffe
Ellen Kearney Ann Coppinger
Mrs Hickey Helena Molony
David O'Donnell Charles Power
Andy Hyde Farrell Pelly
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

UNPUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

    info@nli.ie

  • Website

    www.nli.ie

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

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

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Email

    cs@colinsmythe.co.uk

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. The synopsis was provided by Martin Munroe.