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The Grand House in the City

A Play in Four Acts by Brinsley MacNamara


  • Playwright

    Brinsley MacNamara 

  • Setting

    The sitting-room of Miss Diana Gilsenan's house at 67 Mornington Square, Dublin
    The drawing-room of Mr. Richard Gilsenan's residence at Cushionstown, Co. Westmeath.

  • Synopsis

    A comedy about an Anglo-Irish family who use the reputation of their 'Grand House in the City' as capital to finance the family home in the country. The Gilsenans are a dying breed, but for now they scrape by on a presumption of wealth and talent for self-deception.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Walter Gilsenan Cyril Cusack
Henry Bergen Michael J. Dolan
Mary Ward May Craig
Diana Gilsenan Eileen Crowe
Brian Merriman Fred Johnson
Massie Ward Maureen Delaney
Richard Gilsenan F J McCormick
Olivia Petit Christine Hayden
Vincent Kelch Arthur Shields
Owen Lynam P.J. Carolan
Delia Lynam Aideen O'Connor
Production Team  
Set Designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch
Costume Designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch
Musical Director F.M. May
Produced by Hugh Hunt


  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Weldon

  • Address

    16 Eglinton Wood
    Eglinton Road, Donnybrook
    Dublin 4
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00 353 1 283 9838


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