Home | About | Contact Us

The Arts Council Playography Na Gaeilge


Printer Friendly

God's Gift


  • Playwright

    John Banville 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Heinrich von Kleist

  • Author Notes

    a new version of Heinrich von Kleist's Amphitryon
  • Synopsis

    With roots in classical mythology, God's Gift is based on the legend of a prince of Thebes, Amphitryon, whose wife, Alcmena, was seduced by Jupiter. This new version of the story is inspired by Heinrich Von Kleist's 'Amphitryon' and transposes the action to Wexford, against the backdrop of the 1798 Rebellion.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Miniatures were also used in the original production.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    12 October 2000

  • Production Notes

    At the time of this production the Dublin Theatre Festival was known as eircom Dublin Theatre Festival.
  • Producer

    Produced by Barabbas In association with Dublin Theatre Festival

  • Original Venue

    O'Reilly Theatre

Original Cast  
General Ashburningham Paul Meade
Jupiter Mikel Murfi
Souse Raymond Keane
Kitty Lynn Cahill
Mercury Louis Lovett
Minna Mary O'Driscoll
Production Team  
Director Veronica Coburn
Designer Feargal Doyle
Lighting Designer Mark Galione
Producer Enid Reid Whyte
Costume Designer Kathy Kavanagh
Sound Roger Gregg
Sound Ray Duffy
Uilleann Pipes Martin Nolan
Lighting Assistant Eamon Fox
Pyrotechnics Seamus Purcell
Miniatures & Automata Coilin O'Toole
Assistant Producer Amy O'Hanlon
Production Manager Marie Tierney
Stage Director Miriam Duffy
Stage Manager Eimer Murphy
Production Assistant Ciannait Clancy
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Set Carpenter Joe Sanders
Scenic Artist Brendan Fox
PR Mary Folan

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Anthony Shiel, Gillon Aitken Associates

  • Address

    29 Fernshaw Road
    London SW10 0TG

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7351 7561

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    The Gallery Press

  • Address

    Co. Meath
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)49 8541779

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer. Additional information was supplied by a member of Barabbas... the company.