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The Ha'penny Place


  • Playwright

    Jim Sheridan 

  • Synopsis

    The Ha'penny Place is the haunt of Dublin's pimps, beggars and prostitutes. Their society is an ordered and a disciplined one. Their professions must not be wrecked by unlicensed intruders. Romance and political intrigue are the backbone of this Irish beggars' opera.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Jacinta Mary Ryan
MacHeath Gerard Mannix Flynn
Immaculata Virginia Cole
Homeless Boy David O'Meara
Lucy Alan Amsby
Fool Liam Brown
Policeman Padraig Murray
Unlicensed Beggar Padraig Murray
Policeman Eddie Stapleton
Sandy Row Eddie Stapleton
Figure Eddie Stapleton
Homeless Boy Paul Meeghan
Homeless Boy Neil Doherty (2)
Kipling Guy Carleton
Son of Man Guy Carleton
Polly Jeananne Crowley
Jack Ronan Wilmot
Policeman Ronan Wilmot
Soap Box Ronan Wilmot
Bill Peter Caffrey
Policeman Peter Caffrey
Rubbish Peter Caffrey
Honest Policeman Vincent McCabe
McAdoo Johnny Murphy
Hare Krishna Ciaran Hinds
Yehudi Ciaran Hinds
Mrs McAdoo Pat Leavy
Jenny Agnes Bernelle
Homeless Boy Brendan Walsh
Production Team  
Director Peter Sheridan
Designer Nigel Rolfe
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Costumes Nicola Kozakiewicz
Choreographer Mavis Ascott
Composer Philip Chevron
Musical Director Gabriel Smyth
Stage Director Val Griffin
Stage Manager Brian Power
Stage Manager Bernard Griffin
Backdrop Carol Betera
PR Paddy Woodworth
PR Bernard Griffin

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was taken from the 1979 Dublin Theatre Festival programme.