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Oscar and the Sphinx


  • Playwright

    Michael James Ford  Glynis Casson 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Ada Leverson

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from the works of Ada Leverson.
  • Synopsis

    Ada Leverson, otherwise known as the "Gilded Sphinx of Golden Memory", was regarded as a match for Oscar Wilde in style, wit and intellect and remained loyal to Wilde from his days of triumph to his tragic demise. Telling the story of the extraordinary friendship between Wilde and Leverson, this play is based on her reminiscences and incorporates her parodies of Wilde's work.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The original production also used six recorded voices. See original production for details.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    01 August 2000

  • Production Notes

    The play was original presented in association with the Oscar Wilde Literary Society alongside Wilde's 'The Happy Prince'.
  • Producer

    Produced by Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Bewley's Café Theatre

Original Cast  
Ada Leverson, The Sphinx Glynis Casson
Production Team  
Director Michael James Ford
Set Designer Bronwen Casson
Producer Glynis Casson
Costume Designer Synan O'Mahony
Graphic Design Kelly Campbell
Photography Kelly Campbell
Wigs by Val Sherlock

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    Adaptation rights

  • Contact

    Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

  • Address

    Top Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse
    South William Street, Dublin 2
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)86 878 4001

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and promotional flyer.