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The Watcher

A Dublin Ghost Story


  • Playwright

    Christine Longford 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Author Notes

    'The Watcher' is adapted from the story by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu which was re-printed in 'In a Glass Darkly' under the title of 'The Familiar'.
  • Setting

    Dublin 1795

  • Synopsis

    Captain Barton is a man haunted by a constant presence shadowing his every move. He hears footsteps behind him, he receives anonymous letters, he has a terrifying encounter with a stranger, all of which build up to make his life intolerable.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
General Montague Christopher Casson
Captain George Barton Ronald Ibbs
Clara Montague Doris Finn
The Dowager Lady Lecarrow Nancy Beckh
Doctor Robinson Michael Ripper
Canon White John Biggerstaff
Lucy Pauline Clarke
Ryan John Kelly (1)
Production Team  
Settings by Carl Bonn
Costume Designer Lord Longford
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Alice Brough
Musician Margaret McNamee
Produced by John Izon
Manager Lord Longford
Secretary Maureen Naish-Gray

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The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, with additional information added from press cuttings.