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The Big Finish


  • Playwright

    Gerry Simpson 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in a London flat over one night.

  • Notes

    Subsequently transferred to the Gate Theatre on October 21st 1963.

  • Synopsis

    Four Irish immigrant bachelors share a flat in London. One of the characters, the brawn, brings his girl back to the flat and she soon sickens of the domineering male and finds the quiet bookworm more interesting. The play examines the breakdown of the macho male character when he returns from having been beaten up to find the quiet lad has stolen his girl and his bed.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    23 September 1963

  • Production Notes

    Produced by New Theatre Productions

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Irish Life Theatre, Mespil Road.

Original Cast  
Billie Jim Norton
Charlie Niall Tóibín
McCarthy Noel O'Briain
Feeley Charles Roberts
Tim Peter Mayock
Kate Celia Salkeld
Production Team  
Director Frank J. Bailey
Settings by Paul Hogan
Lighting Michael Higgins(2)
Press Office Noeline Coffey
Stage Director Michael Higgins(2)
Stage Manager Dawn Robinson
Poster Designer Joseph Pilkington


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