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The Man in the Cloak


  • Playwright

    Louis d'Alton 

  • Setting

    A Doss House in Bride Street, Dublin. An Opium Dream.
    Time: an evening in June 1849

  • Synopsis

    The poet James Clarence Mangan comes to a doss house in Dublin at the height of a cholera epidemic during the famine. He falls into a opium-drugged dream which replays the course of his own life - his escape from a bullying father, his love for his pupil Catherine Hayes and his fall into alcoholism.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
James Clarence Mangan Cyril Cusack
A Doctor Cecil Barror
Mick Fogarty Eric Gorman
Kate Mangan Ann Clery
Con Colgan Seamus Healy
James Mangan Fred Johnson
Bridie Gilheaney Josephine Fitzgerald
Cis Carmody Sheila Ward
Marty Phelan W. O'Gorman
Catherine Hayes Shelah Richards
Blythe J. Winter
Laurence Tighe Tom Purefoy
A Messenger P.H. Considine
John Mangan Malachi Keegan
Production Team  
Settings by Tanya Moiseiwitsch
Produced by Hugh Hunt

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Two Irish plays; The man in the cloak, The mousetrap, by Louis L. D'Alton.

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  • Published By

    Macmillan and Co.

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Rights Information

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published play text and from press cuttings of the time.