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The Passing Day


  • Playwright

    George Shiels 

  • Synopsis

    Old John Fibbs is ill. His relatives are at the hospital and sick with worry. Worried that they each might be cut out of his will, for all they care about is money and John has been a committed miser accumulating a fortune of £40,000 over a lifetime of parsimony. This is a bitter social comedy that dramatises a situation that is only a tweak of the dial from reality.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Hind Cyril Cusack
Old Woman Maureen Delany
Black P.J. Carolan
Daw Arthur Shields
Looney Barry Fitzgerald
Peter Fibbs Denis O'Dea
The Doctor F J McCormick
The Nurse Eileen Crowe
Samson Eric Gorman
Old Man Eric Gorman
Mrs. Fibbs May Craig
John Fibbs Michael J. Dolan
Boy W. Redmond
Production Team  
Settings by Tanya Moiseiwitsch
Produced by Hugh Hunt

Published Scripts

  • Title

    The passing day, a play in six scenes and The Jailbird, a comedy in three acts by George Shiels

  • Year


  • Published By

    Macmillan and Co.

  • Address


  • Title

    Selected Plays of George Shiels/ Chosen and Introduced by Christopher Murray

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  • Published By

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P.O. Box 6
    Gerrards Cross
    Buckinghamshire SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    + 44 1753 886000

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Address

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    SL9 8XA

  • Phone

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

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