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Ladies and Gentlemen


  • Playwright

    Emma Donoghue 

  • Setting

    A dressing room of a New York vaudeville theatre in 1891.

  • Synopsis

    In this play the past re-enacts itself on the night of a vaudeville star's last comeback. Inspired by an 1895 newspaper expose of Annie Hindle - the moustachioed Monarch of Male Impersonation who threw it all away for love - the play conjures up the tragicomic figure of a woman outed by the tabloids as 'a man's widow and a woman's widower'. The cast includes Tony, the crooked manager, Gilbert, the petticoat-clad female impersonator, and Ella, the stage-dresser who hungers for the spotlight. This play explores the dreams and survival strategies of emigrants, and the pleasures and risks of playing a role.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Ella Wesner Sian Quill
Annie Hindle Noelle Brown (1)
Tony Pastor David Heap
Gilbert Saroney James Barry
Ryanny Cathy Belton
Production Team  
Director David Byrne
Designer Irene O'Brien
Producer Caroline Williams
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costume Assistant Ruth Hosty
Choreographer Diane Richardson
Musical Director Carole Nelson
Pianist Isabel Ni Chuireain
Production Manager David Marsh
Stage Manager Alison Doyle
Assistant Stage Manager Fionnuala Abbott
Lighting Operator Alan Gallagher
Set Construction David Marsh
Graphic Design Language Visual Communications

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Ladies and Gentlemen

  • Year


  • Published By

    New Island Books

  • Address

    2 Brookside, Dundrum Road
    Dublin 14
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 298 9937

  • Email


Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Caroline Davidson Literary Agency

  • Address

    5 Queen Anne's Gardens
    London W4 1TU

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 8995 5768

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

This information was taken from the original programme and promotional flyer. Additional information was supplied by a previous director of Glasshouse Productions.