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Juno and the Paycock

A Tragedy in Three Acts, by Sean O'Casey


  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Setting

    The living apartment of a two-room Tenancy of the Boyle Family, in a tenement house in Dublin. Period of the play, 1922.

  • Synopsis

    Jack Boyle and his old friend Joxer Daly are two Dublin tenement dwellers who put more work into avoiding work than most do in securing it. Boyle is a fantasist who's styled himself a Captain of the High Seas and he regales his crafty companion with maritime tales; herein lies the comedy. Jack's wife Juno is the breadwinner and moral powerhouse, but she can't stop her life unravelling as she's surrounded by a family who doesn't deserve her. Johnny, her son, is a moral weakling who has betrayed a Republican comrade, while her daughter, Mary is vain and a poor judge of male character. Therein lies the tragedy.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Needle Nugent Michael J. Dolan
Second Irregular Michael J. Dolan
Mary Boyle Eileen Crowe
Two Neighbours Irene Murphy
Mrs. Maisie Madigan Maureen Delaney
Joxer Daly F J McCormick
Mrs. Tancred Christine Hayden
Captain Jack Boyle Barry Fitzgerald
Johnny Boyle Arthur Shields
First Furniture Remover Peter Nolan
Sewing-Machine Man Peter Nolan
Second Furniture Remover Tony Quinn (1)
Coal-Block Vendor Tony Quinn (1)
First Irregular Maurice Esmonde
Juno Boyle Sara Allgood
Charlie Bentham Gabriel J. Fallon
Jerry Devine P.J. Carolan
Two Neighbours Eileen O'Kelly
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Michael J. Dolan
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.