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A Thief of a Christmas


  • Playwright

    Tom Murphy (1) 

  • Setting

    A pub-cum general store in a remote Irish village in the mid 1930's.

  • Synopsis

    The story of the laughing contest that would later become the subject of Murphy's 'Bailegangaire' (1986)

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production an additional 19 actors played members of the community, four children and three musicians were also featured.


Original Cast  
Josie Garrett Keogh
John's Wife Bríd Ní Neachtain
Anthony Darragh Kelly
Costello Mick Lally
Guard Niall O'Brien(1)
Stranger's Wife Joan O'Hara
John Peadar Lamb
Brian Paul Bennett
Stranger Bob Carlile
Bina May Cluskey
Stephen Micheál Ó Briain
Musician Micheál Ó Briain
Tomás Rua Dónall Farmer
Peggy Eithne Dempsey
Musician Micheal Mac Aogáin
Musician Antoin Mac Gabhann
Martin John Macdara Ó Fátharta
Production Team  
Director Roy Heayberd
Designer Chisato Yoshimi
Lighting Tony Wakefield
Sound Nuala Golden
Fight Director Mark Shelley
Musical Director Micheal Mac Aogáin
Director's Assistant Seamus O'Brien
Design Assistant Lian Callaghan
Production Manager John Costigan
Stage Director Rhona Woodcock
Stage Manager Stephen Molloy
Assistant Stage Manager Miriam Kelly
Lighting Operator Mick Doyle (2)
Set Construction Paddy Rose
Set Construction Robert Dent
Set Construction Mark Darley
Scenic Artist Angie Benner
Wardrobe Supervisor Anne Cave
Wardrobe Assistant Joanna Hehir
Wardrobe Assistant Jane McNally
Photography Fergus Bourke



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

  • Email


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