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The Broken Jug


  • Playwright

    John Banville 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Heinrich von Kleist

  • Author Notes

    An adaptation of Heinrich Von Kleist's early nineteenth century classic.
  • Setting

    Set in Ballybog - August 1846

  • Synopsis

    The action reveals the scandalous goings-on of a corrupt legal system, where the judge is as depraved and lecherous, if not more so, than the so-called criminals he seeks to indict. The valiant attempts by others to see justice done provide an exciting struggle to the finish between the fair-minded on the one side and the bloody minded on the other.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Sir Walter Peel Des Braiden
Robert Temple Pat Kinevane
Maggie Fionnuala Murphy
Ball Joe Savino
Lizzie Dawn Bradfield
Eve Reck Amelia Crowley
Lynch Mark O'Regan
Willie Temple Niall O'Brien(1)
Bridget Temple Joan O'Hara
Judge Adam Eamon Morrissey
Martha Reck Maria McDermottroe
Production Team  
Director Ben Barnes
Designer Joe Vanek
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Staff Director Brian Brady
Stage Director Anne Layde
Assistant Stage Manager Catriona Behan
Set Construction Abbey Theatre Workshop
Photography Amelia Stein

Published Scripts

Rights Information

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    All Territories

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  • Contact

    Anthony Shiel, Gillon Aitken Associates

  • Address

    29 Fernshaw Road
    London SW10 0TG

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7351 7561

  • Territory

    All Territories

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  • Contact

    The Gallery Press

  • Address

    Co. Meath
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)49 8541779

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  • Website


Source Of Information

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