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The Absentee


  • Playwright

    Christine Longford 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Author Notes

    Based on the 1812 novel of the same name
  • Setting

    The Crush Room at the Covent Garden Opera, London, 1810
    Lady Clonbrony's Drawing Room, London
    The Library at Killpatrickstown

  • Synopsis

    The young English Lord Colambre is shocked to learn that the agent for his family's estate in Ireland has been embezzling the rent and behaving like a tyrant to the tenants. Colambre resolves to return to Ireland full-time rather than act as an 'absentee landlord' as his father had done.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Grace Nugent Cathleen Delany
Colonel Heathcock Michael Ripper
Count O'Halloran Noel Illiff
Lady Isobel St. James Simona Pakenham
Miss Dareville Moya Devlin
Mrs. Dareville Vivien Dillon
Mrs. Broadhurst Nancy Beckh
Sir Terence O'Fay Blake Gifford
Maid Doris Cloghran
Lord Killpatrick Hamlyn Benson
Lady Dashfort Jean Anderson
Miss Broadhurst Nora O'Mahony
Lady Clonbrony Ann Penhallow
Lord Clonbrony Robert Hennessy (1)
Footman Wm. Van Craen
Sir Arthur Berryl Ronald Ibbs
Lord Colambre Liam Gaffney
Mordicai Basil Lord
Production Team  
Settings by John Betjeman
Settings by Eric Adeney
Producer Peter Powell
Costume Designer Christine Longford
Musician Alice Brough
Musician Annie McNally
Musician Gretta Smith
Manager Lord Longford
Stage Director Basil Lord
Stage Manager Cecil Brock
Stage Manager Doris Cloghran
Wardrobe Mistress Christina Keely
Costume Construction P.J. Bourke
Costume Construction Eileen Long
Chief Electrician Patrick Long
Secretary Maureen Naish-Gray
Carpenter Michael Lambert
Hats by Nancy Beckh

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Lady Boyd

  • Address

    Ince Castle

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)1752 842 672

  • Email


Source Of Information

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