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Crystal and Fox


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Setting

    The action takes place in present day Ireland(1968). Set in the tent and caravan of the Fox Melarkey Variety Show and at a crossroads.

  • Synopsis

    Crystal and Fox centres on a travelling show run by Fox Melarkey. Fox is disillusioned and weary of conning people who know they're being conned and this play follows him on his ruthless course to make a dream he thinks he had come true.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
English Detective Niall O'Brien(1)
Tanya Yvonne Cooper
English Detective Brendan O'Sullivan
Pedro Cecil Sheridan
Papa John MacDarby
Irish Policeman Tom Irwin
El Cid Robert Carrickford
Crystal Melarkey Maureen Toal
Fox Melarkey Cyril Cusack
Gringo Skippy The Dog
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Decor by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Settings by Robert Heade
Costumes Studio Royale
Company Manager Brian Tobin
Stage Director Jimmy Potter
Stage Manager Paddy Jones
Stage Manager Ruth O'Mara
Assistant Stage Manager Judy Russell
Chief Electrician Sean Burke

Published Scripts

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

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and other published material.