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  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    16 December 1943

  • Production Notes

    First produced by the People's Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First produced at the People's Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Irish professional premiere, April 1973, Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

Original Cast  
Cyril Poges Geoffrey Branson
Cloyne E Burn
Basil Stoke Leonard Scott
Avril Elizabeth Kelly
Barney Robert Morrison
Souhaun Shelagh O'Hanlon
Third Workman Dennis Eves
Second Workman Jack Percy
First Workman Terence McElderry
O'Killigain William Scott
Production Team  
Director Peter Trower
Designer Geoffrey Branson
Designer William Southern

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 (Greenwood, 1996) and "Sean O’Casey – A Bibliography" by Ronald Ayling & Michael D. Durkan (MacMillan, 1978).