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Beauty in a Broken Place


  • Playwright

    Colm Tóibín 

  • Synopsis

    In Colm Tóibín’s debut play Beauty in a Broken Place, Sean O’Casey recalls the people and events surrounding the 1926 premiere of his controversial play The Plough and The Stars.

  • 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  
Marion Karen Ardiff
First Woman Karen Ardiff
Miss Craig Karen Ardiff
Miss Crowe Karen Ardiff
Maud Gonne Mc Bride Karen Ardiff
Sean O'Casey Donal O'Kelly
Voice Sean Campion
F.J. McCormick Sean Campion
Garda Moroney Sean Campion
W.B. Yeats Sean Campion
Barman Karl Shiels
Garda Gilhooley Karl Shiels
Mr. Shields Karl Shiels
George O'Brien Karl Shiels
Lennox Robinson Karl Shiels
Barlow Karl Shiels
Lady Gregory Derbhle Crotty
Mrs. Sheehy Skeffington Derbhle Crotty
Anne Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Second Woman Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Miss Delany Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Mrs. Yeats Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Miss Richards Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Miss Mooney Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Production Team  
Director Niall Henry
Designer Jamie Vartan
Set Abbey Theatre Workshop
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Costumes Abbey Theatre Wardrobe Department
Sound Eddie Breslin
Stage Director Audrey Hession
Assistant Stage Manager Laura Mullan
Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke
PR Gerry Lundberg
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Casting Marie Kelly (1)

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Beauty in a Broken Place

  • Year


  • Published By

    Lilliput Press

  • Address

    62 Citric Road
    Dublin 7
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 6711647

  • ISBN


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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency

  • Address

    20 Powis Mews
    London W11 1JN

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7221 3717

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

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