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The Enchanted Land

A Fantasy.


  • Playwright

    George Fitzmaurice 

  • Setting

    The Undersea habitation of Mananaan and the Palace of Aeneas.

  • Synopsis

    The story the rivalry between Eithne, a mortal who finds herself in the underwater kingdom of Mananaan because of her love for the prince Aeneas, and Elaine, the mermaid who becomes to the surface in an attempt to replace Eithne on earth and become Queen of Ireland.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    05 August 1976

  • Producer

    Produced by Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Original Venue

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Venue Notes

    Produced on the Peacock Stage.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Generally assumed to have been written in the early 1920s, 'The Enchanted Land' was first staged at Pennsylvania State University in 1964, under the direction of Howard Slaughter. The listings here refer to the play's first professional production.

Original Cast  
Hag Ingrid Craigie
King of Scotland Tom Irwin
King of England Pat Layde
King of Wales Larry Murphy
Peg Billie Morton
Hag Billie Morton
Adviser Philip O'Sullivan
King of the World Micheál Ó hAonghusa
Diarmuid Micheál Ó Briain
Eithne Máire Ní Ghráinne
Marse Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Hag Fiona Mac Anna
Elaine Kate Flynn
Aeneas, King of Ireland Niall O'Brien(1)
Adviser Stephen Brennan (1)
Donal the Fool Derek Chapman
Adviser Macdara Ó Fátharta
Production Team  
Director Hugh Hunt
Designer Christopher Baugh
Lighting Leslie Scott
Sound Kevin Holbrook
Choreographer Patrick Mason
Production Manager Brian Collins
Stage Director Rhona Woodcock
Assistant Stage Manager Bríd Ní Neachtain
Props Assistant Ciara Draper
Props Master Monica Frawley
Set Construction John Kells
Scenic Artist Brian Collins
Wardrobe Supervisor Nikki Gleeson
Wardrobe Assistant Pauline Metcalfe
Wardrobe Assistant Deirdre MacMahon
Wardrobe Assistant Lily Norton
Wardrobe Assistant Ann Smart

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Plays of George Fitzmaurice, Volume One ( Introduced by Austin Clark)

  • Year


  • Published By

    Dolmen Press

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The George Fitzmaurice Society

  • Address

    c/o Fiona Brennan (trustee)
    Knocknagree, County Cork
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    087 6494409

  • Email


Source Of Information

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