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The Private Death of a Queen


  • Playwright

    Aodhán Madden 

  • Setting

    The action of the play takes place in the recreation room of an old folks' home.

  • Synopsis

    A group of residents in an old folks' home rehearse a play for Christmas. The play, written by one of the inmates, is about the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England. The old folks, outraged by the gradual erosion of their dignity, turn the play into a savage pantomime of death.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Ernest J.J. Murphy
Mr. Jones Martin Dempsey
Nonie Anna Manahan
Mr. Seagrave Seamus Forde
Mr. Price Gerry Alexander
Miss Gillespie Billie Morton
Annie Ann Rowan
Production Team  
Director Gerard Stembridge
Designer Lona Moran
Lighting Designer Jim Kellet
Stage Director Mai McFall
Stage Manager Johnny Cullen
Chief Electrician Paddy Scanlon
House Manager Rosaleen McDarby
Company Artistic Director Phyllis Ryan

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Gavin O'Sullivan

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

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