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The Big House


  • Playwright

    Brendan Behan 

  • Notes

    Originally commissioned by Radio Eireann and broadcast in 1952, The Pike Theatre Club staged Moving Out and A Garden Party as a short two-act piece entitled 'The New House'. It was presented as a companion piece to 'The Big House'.

  • Synopsis

    The end of an era as the Big house comes under threat from the republicans and the Baldcocks are forced back home to England, leaving the house in the hands of the immensely untrustworthy Chuckles Genockey.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    06 May 1968

  • Producer

    Produced by The Pike Theatre

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Premiered at the Pike Theatre Club.

Original Cast  
Chuckles Genockey Charles Roberts
Garda Joseph Gallagher
Porter Joseph Gallagher
Granny Grunt Ann Coghlan
Granny Gargle Marcella Grimes
Garda Sergeant Denis Hickey
Angel Michael McCabe(2)
Looney Gearóid Ó Lochlainn
Mrs. Baldcock Carolyn Swift
Granny Growl May Ollis
Voice of the Big House Alan Simpson
Ananias Baldcock Christopher Fitz-Simon
Barman James Caffrey
Eyes of Green Gerald Davis
Production Team  
Director Alan Simpson
Set Designer John Jay
Lighting Alan Simpson
Assistant Director Carolyn Swift
Set Construction Edmund Kelly
Set Painter John Jay

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Behan: The Complete Plays.

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    London SW1V 1EJ

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    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

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