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The Arts Council Playography Na Gaeilge


Christine Longford

1900 - 1980

Christine Pakenham (nee Trew), Countess of Longford, was born in Somerset, England, in 1900. She studied classics at Oxford where she met Edward Pakenham, the elder son of the Earl of Longford, whom she married in 1925. The Longfords worked with Edwards-Mac Liammoir at the Gate Theatre from 1931-1936, then following a disagreement founded Longford Productions which produced 151 plays at the Gate Theatre, during their 24 years of existence. Christine Longford was a prolific playwright and also published an autobiographical novel, Making Conversation, in 1931.

Company Jobs

Job Title Company
Founder Longford Productions


Play Title Playwright
Dublin One Hugh Leonard James Joyce
Based on Short Stories by James Joyce
Stephen D. Hugh Leonard James Joyce
The Boys and Girls are Gone Seamus De Burca
The Dalers Paddy Cullen
The Family Way Hugh Leonard Eugène Labiche
Adapted from "Celimare, Le Bien-Aime" by Eugene Labiche
The Ice Goddess James Douglas
The Lady of the Manor Carolyn Swift Lea Goldberg
Adapted from T. Carmi's translation from the Hebrew of Lea Goldberg's play 'The Lady of the Castle'.
The Passion of Peter Ginty Hugh Leonard Henrik Ibsen
A new version of the original play Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
The Poker Session Hugh Leonard
The Third Day John Kelly (3)

Costume Designer

Play Title Playwright
The Absentee Christine Longford Maria Edgeworth
Based on the 1812 novel of the same name
The Uncrowned King Brinsley MacNamara V.A. Pearn