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A Romantic Legend of the Undead


  • Playwright

    Lord Longford 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from J. Sheridan Le Fanu by the Earl of Longford
  • Setting

    A Salon adjoining Count Carlsfeld's ballroom in Styria in the Empire of Austria, 1840

  • Synopsis

    A forerunner of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Le Fanu's story concerns a female vampire, Carmilla, who preys on young women like Laura, the daughter of an Austrian landowner. A family friend, General Spielsdorf, whose daughter has already fallen victim to Carmilla is determined to vanquish her for good.

    A new stage adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 novella.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Two female roles can be doubled up, one male role is doubled. Extras as peasants are also mentioned.

Original Production

Original Cast  
A Gentleman Cyril Cusack
A Hunchback Landon Sorrell
The Father John Stephenson (1)
Guest at a Masque Geraldine Fitzgerald (1)
Guest at a Masque Iris Callaghan
Guest at a Masque Florence Sheridan
Servant in the Schloss Patrick Collins
Guest at a Masque Patrick Collins
Guest at a Masque Edward Byrne (1)
Guest at a Masque Cyril Griffin
A Lady in Black Elizabeth Young
Madame Perrodon Nancy Beckh
Mlle. de la Fontaine Diana Vernon
General Spielsdorf Lionel Dymoke
A Woodcutter R.G. Hennessy
Count Vordenburg Hilton Edwards
Millarca Coralie Carmichael
Carmilla Coralie Carmichael
A Gentleman Edward Lexy
A Priest James Lawlor
First Man-servant James Devoy
A Doctor Art O'Murnaghan
A Pale Gentleman William Fassbender
Second Man-servant William Fassbender
Bertha Betty Chancellor
Laura Meriel Moore
A Masked Lady Esme Biddle
Production Team  
Settings by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Lighting Designer Hilton Edwards
Costume Designer Micheál Mac Liammóir
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Bay Jellett
Musician Cathleen Rogers
Produced by Hilton Edwards
Stage Manager Art O'Murnaghan
Assistant Stage Manager Máirín Hayes
Wardrobe Supervisor Christina Keely
Chief Electrician Martin Rabbett
Carpenter Michael Lambert

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from press cuttings of the time, with additional information from the production programme of the revival production in 1933.