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Diarmuid and Grainne


  • Playwright

    Micheál Mac Liammóir 

  • Author Notes

    First presented in Irish at the Taibhdhearc, Galway. English translation by the author.

  • Synopsis

    Michael MacLiammoir's English translation of his own Irish language play retells the story from Irish mythology of the tragic love triangle between the aging leader of the Fianna, Fionn Mac Cumhaill, his young betrothed Grainne and his finest warrior Diarmuid.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Cast  
Fionn Hilton Edwards
Diarmuid Micheál Mac Liammóir
A Slave Frank Dermody
Gráinne Coralie Carmichael
Goll Fred Johnson
Aonghus Laurence Elyan
Sadhbh Florence Lynch
The High King of Ireland Philip Barry
Oisín Wm. Van Craen
Osgar Sydney Price
Caoilte James Devoy
Diorraing Art O'Murnaghan
Luan E.R. Curling
Cuan William Fassbender
Darrach J.J.R. Callan
Ciach Gearoid O'Lochlann
Sorcha Florence Morrison
A Wise Woman Dorothy Casey
A Nurse Sydney Jameson
First Figure Gladys Maher
Second Figure Moya Sullivan
Third Figure Maureen Hayes
Production Team  
Settings by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Producer Hilton Edwards
Lighting Designer Hilton Edwards
Costume Designer Micheál Mac Liammóir
Musician Cathleen Rogers
Musician Bay Jellett
Musician Gretta Smith
Stage Manager Art O'Murnaghan
Costume Construction Christina Keely
Chief Electrician Michael Dunne
Carpenter Michael Lambert


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Michael Travers

  • Address

    Inch, Annascaul
    Tralee, Co Kerry
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)66 915 8223 | +353 (0)87 947 5256


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