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The Avenger

An Irish Ghost Story


  • Playwright

    Christine Longford 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu

  • Setting

    The action takes place in a ruinous castle of the De Lacys in the mountains near Limerick. The period is 1746 immediately after the failure of the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland.

  • Synopsis

    Based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu's ghost story, Colonel Ultor De Lacy appoints himself the Avenger for perceived disloyalties perpetrated against his family, but there is another who seeks vengeance, the Man in Spanish Dress, this time the target are the de Lacys themselves.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
A Man in Spanish Dress Christopher Casson
Una Cathleen Delany
Alice Doris Finn
Peg Sullivan Nora O'Mahony
Father Denis John Biggerstaff
Larry Ryan John Kelly (1)
Colonel Ultor De Lacy T. St. John Barry
Sean Mulryan Pat Turner
The Chevalier Philippe de Beaupré Dermot Walsh
Production Team  
Settings by Carl Bonn
Costumes Lord Longford
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Alice Brough
Musician Margaret McNamee
Produced by John Izon
Manager Lord Longford
Secretary Maureen Naish-Gray

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