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The Words Upon The Window Pane

A Play in One Act


  • Playwright

    William Butler Yeats 

  • Synopsis

    A dramatic exploration of the occult, a subject in which Yeats took a lifelong interest. The play features a seance in which Jonathan Swift's voice is projected though a medium, along with those of his two lovers, Stella and Vanessa. Witnessing these forces at work, those attending the seance are forced to confront some uncomfortable truths in their own lives.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Cornelius Pattison Michael J. Dolan
Mrs Henderson May Craig
Mrs Mallet Eileen Crowe
Abraham Johnson F J McCormick
John Corbet Arthur Shields
Miss McKenna Shelah Richards
Dr Trench P.J. Carolan
Production Team  
Produced by Lennox Robinson
Stage Manager Arthur Shields

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Plays of Changing Ireland/edited, with introductions and notes, by Curtis Canfield

  • Year


  • Published By

    Macmillan and Co.

  • Address


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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    A.P. Watt Ltd.

  • Address

    20 John Street
    London WC1N 2DR

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7405 6774

  • Email


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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.