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The Marriage

A Play in One Act by Douglas Hyde Translated from the Irish by Lady Gregory


  • Playwright

    Lady Gregory 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Douglas Hyde (Dubhghlas de hÍde) 

  • Setting

    A poor country cabin in the West of Ireland.

  • Notes

    Lady Gregory's translation featured a slightly different ending to Hyde's original.

  • Synopsis

    A short play about Martin and Mary, a desperately poor pair of newly-weds with scarcely a penny with which to even celebrate their own wedding day. As they sit to eat on their first day of married life, a blind old fiddler comes to the door looking for food. Though barely able to feed themselves, the couple share what little they have with the stranger, who turns out to be none other than the famous poet Raftery. Raftery repays their kindness by using his music to lure the neighbours into house, each one (almost!) bearing generous wedding gifts for the young couple. And yet how is Raftery managing to work this miracle – having died three days previously?

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Old Farmer Andrew Patrick Wilson
Blind Fiddler Michael Conniffe
Miser P. Murphy
Martin Charles Power
Mary F.M. Salkeld
Middle-Aged Woman R. Leech
Fair Young Man W.J. Manser
Grey-Haired Man J. McCabe
Two Girls Mona Shiel
Two Girls M. Perolze
Young Man J.R. Burke
Production Team  
Produced by Nugent Monck


  • Title

    Selected Plays of Douglas Hyde. With translations by Lady Gregory. Chosen and with an introduction by Gareth W. Dunleavy and Janet Egleson Dunleavy

  • Year


  • Published By

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P.O. Box 6
    Gerrards Cross
    Buckinghamshire SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    + 44 1753 886000

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