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Portrait in Marble

A play on the life of Lord Byron.


  • Playwright

    Hazel Ellis 

  • Setting

    Byron's Apartments in London 1809 Lady Melbourne's drawing-room, 1812 Byron's apartments in London, 1814 Byron's house in Piccadilly, 1815

  • Synopsis

    A play about Byron's great character flaw - his over-sensitivity - that led him to imagine that the whole world was against him. He resolved to cultivate a 'heart of marble' so that he could never be hurt, which of course meant that he brought much pain to the women who tried to love him.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
George Gordon Micheál Mac Liammóir
Miss Marjoribanks Geraldine Mitchel
Miss Villiers Isolde Hughes
Samuel Rogers H.R. Alleyne
Lady Oxford Deirdre MacDonagh
Lady Jersey Ronnie Monahan
Guest Anne Power
Guest Maeve McGlynn
Guest May Brady
Guest Miriam Maunsell
Mr. Cunningham John Cowell
Guest Cecil Brock
Robert Dallas Roy Irving
Lady Melbourne Coralie Carmichael
John Hobhouse Liam Gaffney
Thomas Moore Edward Lexy
Butler James Devoy
Guest William Fassbender
Lady Caroline Lamb Meriel Moore
Fletcher Lionel Dymoke
Annabella Millbanke Diana Vernon
Miss Lecky Máirín Hayes
Guest Denis O'Neill
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Micheál Mac Liammóir
Lighting Designer Hilton Edwards
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Bay Jellett
Musician Cathleen Rogers
Stage Manager Cecil Monson
Assistant Stage Manager Máirín Hayes
Set Construction Michael Lambert
Stage Carpenter Michael Lambert
Set Painter Molly MacEwen
Set Painter Cecil Brock
Wardrobe Mistress Christina Keely
Chief Electrician Martin Rabbett

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