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The True Story of the Horrid Popish Plot


  • Playwright

    Desmond Forristal 

  • Setting

    Set in London between 1678 - 1681.

  • Synopsis

    The Play concerns itself with Charles II's struggle with his conscience, on the one hand, and the pragmatic affairs of state, on the other, during the conflict with the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr. Oliver Plunkett over the banning of educating Catholics in Ireland by the Earl of Essex. Charles II allowed the execution of Oliver Plunkett to proceed even though it was based on faulty evidence.

  • Play Type

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Original Cast  
Charles II Aiden Grennell
The Earl of Danby Christopher Casson
James Des Keogh
Dr. Oliver Plunkett David Kelly (2)
Catherine of Braganza Aileen Hart
Eoin Mac Giolla Mhuire Arthur O'Sullivan (2)
The Earl of Shaftesbury John Franklyn
The Reverend Titus Oakes Frank Kelly
The Earl of Essex Patrick McLarnon
Eamon Ó Murchú Liam Sweeney
Guard Seymour Cresswell
Guard Roger Greene
Guard Liam Burke
Guard Kenneth Donnelly
Court Usher John Pine
Lord Chief Justice of England Reginald Jarman
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Decor by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Settings by Robert Heade
Decor by Robert Heade
Lighting Hilton Edwards
Costume Designer Micheál Mac Liammóir
Costume Designer Robert Heade
Stage Manager Yvette Hally
Assistant Stage Manager Alan Richardson
Stage Carpenter Fred West
Stage Carpenter Kevin Hudson
Costume Construction Eileen Long
Chief Electrician Albert Cassells
Chief Electrician Arthur Jones
Production secretary Mary Cannon



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Ciaran Forristal

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


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