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Making History


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Setting

    Act One (Before Kinsale): A large room in O'Neill's house in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, August 1591. Act Two (After Kinsale): The edge of a thicket in the Sperrin mountains, Co. Tyrone and O'Neill's apartment in Rome in 1614.

  • Synopsis

    The life of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, whose flight to Rome after his defeat at Kinsale cleared the way for the plantation of Ulster.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    20 September 1988

  • Producer

    Produced by Field Day Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First presented at the Guildhall, Derry.

Original Cast  
Hugh O'Neill Stephen Rea
Harry Hoveden Niall O'Brien(1)
Hugh O'Donnell Peter Gowen
Archbishop Lombard Niall Tóibín
Mabel Bagenal Clare Holman
Mary Bagenal Emma Dewhurst
Production Team  
Director Simon Curtis
Set Designer Julian McGowan
Lighting Designer Rory Dempster
Costume Designer Martin Chitty
Music by Stephen Warbeck
Assistant Director Eoin O'Callaghan
Administration Assistant Colette Nelis
Stage Manager Lizzi Cocker
Deputy Stage Manager Seamus Shea
Assistant Stage Manager Lucy Barter
Lighting Operator Conleth White
Set Construction Chameleon Productions
Costume Supervisor Christine Rowland
PR Orla Kennedy
Graphic Design Cindy Milner
Artist Basil Blackshaw
Casting Serena Hill
Casting Adriana Quaradeghini
Administrator Maureen Loughran

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

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Source Of Information

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