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The Plough and the Stars

A Tragedy in Four Acts, by Sean O'Casey


  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Setting

    A Dublin Tenement
    Act I and II November 1915
    Act III and IV Easter Week 1916

  • Synopsis

    Sean O'Casey's classic play contrasts events in a Dublin tenement with the 1916 Rising outside the door. Nora Clitheroe tries to fashion a comfortable life for herself and her husband, despite grinding poverty, but her world falls in when she fails to stop him joining the rebel forces ranged against the British army on Easter Monday.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Rosie Redmond Ria Mooney
The Young Covey Michael J. Dolan
Mrs. Gogan May Craig
Peter Flynn Eric Gorman
A Woman Eileen Crowe
Bessie Burgess Maureen Delaney
Commandant Jack Clitheroe F J McCormick
Fluther Good Barry Fitzgerald
Lieut. Langon Arthur Shields
The Voice John Stephenson (1)
Sergeant Tinley John Stephenson (1)
Nora Clitheroe Shelah Richards
Captain Brennan Gabriel J. Fallon
A Barman P.J. Carolan
Corporal Stoddard P.J. Carolan
Mollser Kate Curling
Production Team  
Producer Lennox Robinson
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Company Manager Michael J. Dolan
Assistant Producer Arthur Shields
Stage Manager F J McCormick



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Estate of Sean O'Casey: Macnaughton Lord Representation

  • Address

    44 South Molton Street
    London W1K 5RT

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7499 1411

  • Email

  • Website


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