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The Shadow of a Gunman

A Tragedy in Two Acts by Sean O'Casey


  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Setting

    A room in a tenement in Hilljoy Square, Dublin.
    Some hours elapse between the two acts.
    The period of the play is May, 1920.

  • Synopsis

    Donal is a poet without political affiliation who shares tenement digs with his friend Seamus. The neighbours have Donal pegged as an I.R.A. man on the run. Young attractive Minnie is excited by such an exotic figure in their midst, however British soldiers are searching the tenements for insurgents.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Tommy Owens Michael J. Dolan
Mr. Maguire G.V. Lavelle
Adolphus Grigson P.J. Carolan
Mr. Gallogher Gabriel J. Fallon
An Auxiliary Tony Quinn (1)
Donal Davoren Arthur Shields
Mrs. Henderson Christine Hayden
Seumas Shields F J McCormick
Mr. Mulligan Eric Gorman
Mrs. Grigson May Craig
Minnie Powell Gertrude Murphy
Production Team  
Musical Director Dr. J.F. Larchet
Produced by Lennox Robinson

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Estate of Sean O'Casey: Macnaughton Lord Representation

  • Address

    44 South Molton Street
    London W1K 5RT

  • Phone

    +44 (0)20 7499 1411

  • Email


  • Website


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and from press cuttings of the time.