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The Sugar Wife


  • Playwright

    Elizabeth Kuti 

  • Setting

    Set amongst Dublin’s Quaker community from January to March 1850.

  • Synopsis

    Hannah Tewkley is torn between her work with the city’s poor and her husband’s prospering business – a string of oriental teahouses. Their guests, an English philanthropist and an African American are tainted by the horrors of America’s deep south. The visit begins with the best of intentions; but a collision is unavoidable.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    08 April 2005

  • Production Notes

    The Sugar WIfe is the inaugural production of 'Rough Magic Studio', a stream-lined production model designed to showcase new plays and new writers.
  • Producer

    Produced by Rough Magic Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

    Project Arts Centre

  • Venue Notes

    Presented in the Cube performance space.

Original Cast  
Samuel Tewkley Barry Barnes
Hannah Tewkley Niamh Linehan
Alfred Darby Robert Price
Martha Ryan Neili Conroy
Sarah Worth Susan Salmon
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Set Designer Paul Keogan
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Producer Loughlin Deegan
Costume Designer Joan O'Clery
Music Composed by Ellen Cranitch
Musician Anne-Marie O'Farrell
Company Manager Elizabeth Whyte
Administration Assistant Bethany Geraghty
Production Manager Marie Breen
Stage Director Aisling Mooney
Stage Manager Justin Murphy
Set Construction Alan Clarke (1)
Scenic Artist Sandra Butler
Production Electrician Kate Bermingham
Graphic Design Alphabet Soup
Production Photography Patrick Redmond
Make-Up Val Sherlock
Publicity Paul Fahy
Wigs by Val Sherlock

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

  • Email


  • Website


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type


  • Contact

    Nick Hern Books

  • Address

    The Glasshouse, 49a Goldhawk Road
    London W12 8QP

  • Phone

    + (44 ) 20 8749 4953

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

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