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  • Playwright

    Stewart Parker 

  • Synopsis

    A recreation of the highs and lows of one of Irish theatre's legendary figures which raises interesting current questions about celebrity, success and the responsibility of the playwright to his own place and people. This stage biography, written in the style of Victorian melodrama, dramatises the struggle between Boucicault's creativity and the socio-cultural and political forces of the time.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production ten actors played Drama Students and all other unspecified parts.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    21 April 1986

  • Production Notes

    Produced by the Birmingham Rep Theatre.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First presented at the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

Original Cast  
Drama Student Hilary Reynolds
Drama Student Devon Scott
Drama Student Crispy Redman
Drama Student Paul Mulrennan
Drama Student Paul Kiernan
Drama Student Allison Harding
Drama Student Iain Glen
Drama Student Marie Francis
Drama Student Mark Culwick
Johnny Patterson Sam Dale
Dion Boucicault Timothy Spall
Drama Student Timothy Watson
Production Team  
Director Peter Farago
Designer Saul Radomsky
Lighting Designer Benny Ball
Costume Designer Ian McNeil
Music by Jim Parker

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Stewart Parker Plays 2

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

  • Website


  • ISBN

    0 413 74350 0

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published script.