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Dublin 1742


  • Playwright

    John Banville 

  • Notes

    A play for 9-14 year olds.

  • Synopsis

    Centred on the last week of rehearsals of Handel's Messiah, this fantastical drama is narrated by Laetitia Pilkington. As Georg Handel attempts to pull together his masterpiece, Jonathan Swift decides to rescind his decision to allow the choir of St Patrick's to appear in the piece. The sopranos are at each other's throats and rehearsals are constantly interrupted. All the while the harsh realities of Irish life are teeming in the second city of the British Empire.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.


  • Date of First Production

    05 June 2002

  • Producer

    Produced by The Ark

  • Original Venue

    The Ark

Original Cast  
Pat Jack Walsh
Francesco Geminiani Jack Walsh
Jonathan Swift Don Foley
Susanna Cibber Elizabeth Kuti
Mary Delany Elizabeth Kuti
Christina Maria Avoglio Emma Moohan
Peg Woffington Emma Moohan
Matthew Dubourg Gerard Walsh
Rev. John Leland Gerard Walsh
Thomas Arne John Lovett
Bishop George Berkeley John Lovett
Georg Frideric Handel Derek Reid
David Garrick Michael Fitzgerald
Rev. Isaac Weld Michael Fitzgerald
Laetitia Pilkington Carmel Stephens
Production Team  
Director Eric Fraad
Set Designer Robert Pyzocha
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Producer Mags Walsh
Producer Prajnagita (previously known as Elena Gamble)
Costume Designer Monica Frawley
Sound Designer Avondale Studios
Choreographer Liz Roche
Assistant Set Designer Sarah Kernaghan
Technical Manager Mark Rooney
Stage Director Michael Higgins(1)
Stage Manager Roisin Kearney
Technical Assistant Michael Higgins(1)
Technical Assistant Henry Broekhoven
Set Construction Mark Rooney
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Scenic Artist Jack Kirwan
Projections Ken Hartnett
Projections Willie Van Velsen


  • Contact

    Anthony Shiel, Gillon Aitken Associates

  • Address

    29 Fernshaw Road
    London SW10 0TG

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7351 7561


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Anthony Shiel, Gillon Aitken Associates

  • Address

    29 Fernshaw Road
    London SW10 0TG

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7351 7561


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer.