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Barbaric Comedies


  • Playwright

    Frank McGuinness 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Ramón María del Valle-Inclán 

  • Author Notes

    A version of the original plays by Ramón María del Vallé-Inclán.

  • Setting

    Galicia, Spain.

  • Notes

    Barbaric Comedies is made up of a trilogy of plays: 'Silver Face', 'Rampant Eagle' and 'Wolves Romance'.

  • Synopsis

    Barbaric Comedies is a tragi-comedy following the fortunes of one Don Juan Manuel Montenegro. The play is an epic and wild story of greed, ferocity and passion.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast Doubling is possible. See Original Production for details. In the original production additional unspecified parts were played by members of the company.


Original Cast  
Sailor Lalor Roddy
Blas de Migues Lalor Roddy
Morcego Lalor Roddy
Don Pedrito Anthony Brophy
Pedro Rey Mal Whyte
Abelardo, the Skipper Mal Whyte
Fuso Negro Garrett Keogh
Don Rosendo Robert Donovan
Dona Sabelita Janet Moran
Don Gonzalito Owen McDonnell
The Sacristan's Daughter Catherine Mack
Dona Moncha Catherine Mack
Morcego's Wife Catherine Mack
Don Juan Manuel de Montenegro Mark Lambert
Dona Maria Joan O'Hara
The Abbot of Lantanon Des Cave
The Poor Man from San Lazaro Des Cave
Don Gallant Eamon Morrissey
Dona Jeromita Kate O'Toole
Don Miguelito, Silver Face Karl Shiels
Don Mauro Aidan Kelly
Don Manuelito Derry Power
Ludovina Derry Power
The Sacristan's Wife Eleanor Methven
Benita the Seamstress Eleanor Methven
Dominga de Gomez Eleanor Methven
Michaela La Roxa Ronnie Masterson
Pichona Cathy White
The Woman at the End Cathy White
Don Farruquino Owen Sharpe
Liberata Tonia Chauvet
Production Team  
Director Calixto Bieito
Set Designer Alfons Flores
Lighting Designer Xavier Clot
Lighting Designer Keith Yetton
Costume Designer Merce Paloma
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Dave Nolan
Fight Director Richard Ryan
Composer Oscar Roig
Staff Director Louise Drumm
Assistant Director Steven Gale
Project Manager Steven Gale
Stage Director Collette Morris
Assistant Stage Manager Angie White
Assistant Stage Manager Catriona Behan
Assistant Stage Manager Stephen Dempsey
Set Construction Scenery Jessel
Programme Design Red Dog Design
Rehearsal Photography Paul McCarthy (2)
Production Photography Douglas Robertson
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Interpreter Carole Chouraqui
Interpreter Pilar Garido


  • Contact

    Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd

  • Address

    Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street
    London W1F 8GQ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7287 4450

  • Email


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Mel Kenyon, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Ltd

  • Address

    Waverley House, 7-12 Noel Street
    London W1F 8GQ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7287 4450

  • Email


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