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Thomas Muskerry

A Play in Three Acts


  • Playwright

    Padraic Colum 

  • Setting

    A workhouse

  • Synopsis

    The play centres on Thomas Muskerry, Master of the Garrisowen Workhouse, and on how his family's greed eventually leads him to a bed in the workhouse of which he was once master.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Christy Clarke Udolphus Wright
James Scollard J A O'Rourke
Crofton Crilly J M Kerrigan
An Old Man J M Kerrigan
Felix Tournour Sydney J Morgan
Thomas Muskerry Arthur Sinclair
Anna Crilly Máire O'Neill (1)
Mickie Cripes Fred Harford
Myles Gorman Fred O'Donovan (1)
Thomas Shanley Ambrose Power
Albert Crilly Eric Gorman
Mrs Crilly Sara Allgood
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Thomas Muskerry: a play in three acts

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  • Published By


  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Estate of Padraic Colum

  • Address

    c/o Cliona Colum Ní Shuilleabháin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.