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Spenser's Laye


  • Playwright

    Daniel Reardon 

  • Setting

    Set in the sixteenth century in Kilcolman Castle, County Cork and The Court of Queen Elizabeth I, London.

  • Synopsis

    Spenser's Laye outlines the journey of Edmund Spenser from the obscurity of North Cork to the glitter of Queen Elizabeth's Court. Having created his magnum opus, The Faerie Queene, Spenser returns to Kilcolman with his riches.

  • 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  
Edmund Spenser Brendan Conroy
William Cecil Mal Whyte
Sir Walter Ralegh Michael James Ford
Robert Devereaux Mark O'Regan
Rory McSheehy Phelim Drew
Elizabeth I, Queen of England Jeananne Crowley
Elizabeth Boyle Spenser Jeananne Crowley
Production Team  
Director Derek Chapman
Set Designer Brian Power
Lighting Designer Conleth White
Costume Designer Nigel Boyd
Musical Director Helene Montague
Stage Manager Phelim Drew
Costume Construction The Costume Shop
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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Daniel Reardon

  • Address

    2 Palace Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.