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The Earl of Straw

An Irish Historical Comedy


  • Playwright

    Christine Longford 

  • Setting

    May 1600, Castle Lishin, near Kilmallock.
    May 1601, a cave near Mitchelstown.
    The action takes place during the rebellion of Tyrone against Queen Elizabeth.

  • Synopsis

    The adventures of the Sugaun Earl of Desmond among his friends and enemies during the Rebellion of Tyrone against Elizabeth.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Lady Cathleen McCarthy Cathleen Delany
The Queen's Earl of Desmond Richard Leech
The Suguan Dermot Walsh
Irish and English Soldiers Victor Carr
Derby MacCraghe John Kelly (1)
An English Soldier John Biggerstaff
Dermot O'Connor John Biggerstaff
Lady Margaret Nora O'Mahony
Another English Soldier Dan O'Connell(2)
Sir George Carew Maurice O'Brien (1)
Lady Joan Fitzgerald Iris Lawler
Meyler Magrath Gerard Healy
Irish and English Soldiers Peter Mortished
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

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The Earl of Straw

  • Year


  • Published By

    Hodges, Figgis & Co.

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

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

Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, with additional information from No Profit but the Name: The Longfords at the Gate by John Cowell