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The Spurious Sovereign

Or Nailed to the Counter


  • Playwright

    Gerald Macnamara 

  • Synopsis

    A burlesque melodrama in four acts.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts



  • Date of First Production


  • Production Notes

    Presented with The Home-coming by Seumas O'Kelly.

  • Producer

    Produced by Theatre of Ireland (1906 - 1912)

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Presented at the Molesworth Hall.

Original Cast  
Performer Charles Power
Performer Una Nic Shiubhlaigh
Performer Pádraigín Nic Shéamuis
Performer Luke Killeen
Performer Seaghan Mac Murchada
Performer Stephen James
Performer V. Roberts
Performer C. Brady
Performer George Fitzgerald
Performer M. Carolan


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The details of the productions of the Theatre of Ireland repertoire are as yet incomplete in the Irish Playography. In compiling the list of productions, we have used various sources including Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh’s The Splendid Years, The Alternative Dramatic Revival in Ireland by Karen Vandevelde, Thomas MacDonagh, a Critical Biography by Johann A. Norstedt, A Century of Irish Drama: Widening the Stage edited by Eileen M Morgan, Shakir Mustafa, Stephen Watt and printed play texts.