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Bedtime Story


  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Notes

    Presented under the title Three New Plays by Sean O'Casey with Hall of Healing and Time to Go (both listed separately)

  • Synopsis

    John Jo finds himself in a situation with which his conscience cannot cope- more or less against his will, he has spent a night with the seductive Angela. Full of remorse, and dreading the ruin of his reputation, he tries to get rid of her, fearing that his landlady, Miss Mossie, might find out.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    17 May 1952

  • Production Notes

    Presented by the Three Plays Company, New York.
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Presented at the Yugoslav-American Hall, 405 West 41st Street, New York (off Broadway)

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    The Irish premiere was presented by The Abbey Theatre at The Peacock Theatre on 23rd May 1972. The production was directed by John Lynch.

Original Cast  
John Jo Robert Donley
Angela Anne Jackson
Halibut John McLiam
Miss Mossie Osceola Archer
Production Team  
Director Joseph Papirofsky
Set Designer May Callas
Lighting Designer May Callas
Costumes George Backman
Music by Earl 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 published script, with additional information from Sean O'Casey: A Research and Production sourcebook, Schrank (1996)