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Within the Gates

a play of four scenes in a London park


  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Notes

    In 1935 the subsequent US production of Within the Gates was banned by the Catholic Mayor of Boston, putting a stop to a scheduled tour of thirteen cities.

    "Oh, God, here it is again! Wesleyen and Jesuit had joined hands to down the play. It seemed that even under a free democracy one had to be damned careful of what one said."

  • Synopsis

    Set in Hyde Park, the characters represent the great variety of humanity who spend their days there philosophising.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    07 February 1934

  • Production Notes

    Produced by the Royalty Theatre, London
  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Produced at the Royalty Theatre, London

Original Cast  
A Group of Down-and-Outs Patrick O'Moore
A Group of Down-and-Outs Audrey Dunham
A Group of Down-and-Outs Zara Gray
A Group of Down-and-Outs Phyllis Hayward
A Group of Down-and-Outs Jane Kidner
A Group of Down-and-Outs Violet Lynch
A Group of Down-and-Outs Joyce Peters
A Group of Down-and-Outs Sylvia Rye
A Group of Down-and-Outs Denzil Bond
A Group of Down-and-Outs Reginald Gittings
The Young Whore Marjorie Mars
The Scarlet Woman June Lawson
The Dreamer Basil Bartlett
The Bishop Douglas Jefferies
The Bishop's Sister Gertrude Sterroll
The 1st Chair Attendant Walter Herbage
The 2nd Chair Attendant Jack Twyman
A Girl Diana Sinclair Hill
The Atheist Richard Caldicot
The Policewoman Molly Tyson
The Man in Plus-Fours Gerald Gibbons
A Group of Down-and-Outs Charles Scholfield
Production Team  
Choreographer Marion Wilson
Music Composed by Herbert Hughes
Produced by Norman MacDermott

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


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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)