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Many Happy Returns


  • Playwright

    Bernard Farrell 

  • Setting

    Christmas Eve, in a solid farmhouse on the edge of a town not too far from Dublin, present day.

  • Synopsis

    Irene and Arthur have their house festooned for the return of Declan, the self-made millionaire from New Zealand. If everything goes to plan, Arthur’s future is secure – and it would – if Old Matty were not around to listen at doors. But celebration soon turns to consternation as family and friends are reunited in ‘Winter Wonderland’ and all the old secrets are suddenly unwrapped like the Christmas presents nobody ever wanted.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Gladys Geraldine Plunkett
Irene Lynn Cahill
Declan Mark O'Regan
Arthur Stephen Brennan (1)
Matty Bill Golding
Amanda Kathryn Sumner
Production Team  
Director Alan Stanford
Set Designer Eileen Diss
Lighting Designer Rupert Murray
Costume Designer Leonore McDonagh
Production Manager James McConnell
Production Co-ordinator Val Keogh
Stage Director Anne Layde
Assistant Stage Manager Aine Beamish
Assistant Stage Manager Marjolijn Venema
Technician Brian Rudden
Technician David Carpenter
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Scenic Artist Liz Barker
Wardrobe Supervisor Joy Gleeson
Wardrobe Assistant Valerie Dempsey
Costume Construction Janet O'Leary
Tailor Denis Darcy
Production Photography Paul McCarthy (1)
Make-Up Anne Dunne
Voice Coach Cathal Quinn (1)
Hair by Anne Dunne

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Rosica Colin Ltd.

  • Address

    1 Clareville Grove Mews
    London SW7 5AH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7370 1080

Source Of Information

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