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The White House


  • Playwright

    Tom Murphy (1) 

  • Setting

    The First Act is set at the time the play was first produced while Act 2 takes place nine years earlier in 1963.

  • Notes

    The White House was radically reworked and presented as 'Conversations on a Homecoming' in 1985 by Druid Theatre Company.

  • Synopsis

    In a pub in a small western town three buddies meet up in anticipation of the return of a fourth who emigrated to England. Tom, Liam, Junior and Michael reminisce about the good old days. It soon becomes clear that nobody is happy and that life has dissappointed. In the second act, Murphy bring's us back to the day, nine year's previous, when the mood was more positive, change was possible and their futures were bright. That day was November 22, 1963.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Tom John Kavanagh (1)
Anne Michele Lohan
Helen Fionnuala Kenny
Father Connolly Philip O'Flynn
Larry Micheál Ó hAonghusa
Johnny Patterson Micheál Ó Briain
Missus Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Josie Veronica Duffy
Michael Bosco Hogan
Liam Joe Dowling
Junior Des Cave
Peggy Nuala Hayes
J.J. Dan O'Herlihy
Production Team  
Director Vincent Dowling
Set Designer Lewis Logan
Lighting Leslie Scott
Costume Designer Josephine Lovell
Sound Nuala Golden
Stage Director Rhona Woodcock
Stage Manager Tommy Woods

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 original production programme.