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The Doubtful Paradise


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Notes

    The cast and character lists for this entry are drawn from reviews of the premiere production. As such, cast size details should be taken as approximate. The characters also include Gerald Sweeney and Charlie Bonner.

  • Synopsis

    Derry based post-office official Willie Logue is hugely enthusiastic in his pursuit of knowledge. He carries that knowledge with self-admiration and pride, and is also tremendously proud of his barrister son. Willy is passed over for promotion, however, while his son is suspended by the Bar committee, and his daughter runs off with a Frenchman claiming to be a Count. As events unfold, Willie finds himself confronted by some strong home truths forcibly delivered by his family.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    23 August 1960

  • Producer

    Produced by Ulster Group Theatre

  • Original Venue

    Group Theatre

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Title changed for performance from The Francophile.

Original Cast  
Unspecified Character(s) Maurice O'Callaghan
Maggie Logue Lucie Young
Chris Logue May Diver
Willie Logue George O'Prey
Kevin Logue Robert McLernon
Unspecified Character(s) R.G. McCreeve
Miss Price June Hay
Production Team  
Production by Jonathan Goodman

Unpublished Scripts

  • Contact

    Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of Northern Ireland

  • Address

    The Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North
    Belfast BT1 5GB
    Northern Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

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Source Of Information

Information for this entry was taken from press cuttings, and from the original production programme held at the Theatre and Performing Arts Archive of the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.