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The Illusion


  • Playwright

    Peter Sheridan 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Pierre Corneille

  • Author Notes

    An adaptation of 'L'Illusion Comique' by Corneille.
  • Synopsis

    Pridamont desperately wants to heal the wounds of his ten-year estrangement from his son Clindor. On the search for his son, the father once again unearths the prejudices that separated them in the first place. A drag artist in a Parisian nightclub, Clindor is the antithesis of Pridamont's sexual model.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Denise Noelle Brown (1)
Murphy Boyle Brendan Morrissey
Maggie McRae Maureen Dow
Stella Stella Madden
Frankie Sutcliffe Kieran Ahern
Tucker McGee Kieran Ahern
Rebecca Melanie McHugh
Olocher Máire Hastings
Carraigmor Anthony Brophy
Chubba Brendan Morrissey
Production Team  
Director Peter Sheridan
Designer Wendy Shea
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Costume Assistant Angela Darby
Composer Robbie Overson
Musician Robbie Overson
Musician John Kearns
Musician Noel Bridgeman
Assistant Director Carol Moore
Administration Assistant Paula Clamp
Technical Manager Mick Diver
Stage Manager Mairead McGrath
Deputy Stage Manager Anne Muldoon
Set Construction Guy Barriscale
Scenic Artist Stuart Marshall
Costume Supervisor Deirdre Sheehan
Graphic Design The Design Works
Poster Image Terry Gravett
Photography Jill Jennings
Camera Operator Cian de Buitléar
Assistant Editor Simon J Willis
Film Extract Director Carol Moore
Film Editor James Dalton

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Peter Sheridan

  • Address

    70 Celtic Park Avenue
    Dublin 9
    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Peter Sheridan

  • Address

    70 Celtic Park Avenue
    Dublin 9
    Republic of Ireland

Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, and from the company archive, which is held at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.