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The Silver Tassie


  • Playwright

    Sean O'Casey 

  • Setting

    The Dublin tenements and the Western Front, during and after the First World War.

  • Synopsis

    An experimental, semi-expressionist tragedy depicting the journey of two young fooballing heroes from the slums of inner city Dublin to the unspeakable horrors of the Western Front - and back again.

  • Play Type

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    11 October 1929

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Apollo Theatre

  • Venue Notes

    First performed in the Apollo Theatre on London's West End.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Famously rejected by Yeats at the Abbey in 1928, the play's Irish premiere took place at The Abbey Theatre in 1935, produced by Arthur Shields and with settings based on original designs by Maurice McGonigal.

Original Cast  
Third Soldier Barry Fitzgerald
Fourth Soldier Jack Mayne
Fifth Soldier G. Adrian Byrne
The Corporal Sinclair Cotter
The Visitor Ivo Dawson
Fourth Stretcherbearer Barry Barnes (1)
First Stretcherbearer Norman Stuart
Second Stretcherbearer Oswald Lingard
The Staff Wallah Alban Blakelock
First Casualty Clive Morton
Surgeon Forby-Maxwell Hastings Lynn
Second Casualty James Willoughby
Barney Bagnall S.J. Warrington
Jessie Taite Billy Barnes
The Trumpeter Emlyn Williams
Sylvester Heegan Barry Fitzgerald
Mrs Heegan Eithne Magee
Simon Norton Sydney J Morgan
Mrs Foran Una O'Connor
Susie Monican Beatrix Lehmann
Sister of the ward Audrey O'Flynn
First Soldier Charles Laughton
Harry Heegan Charles Laughton
Second Soldier Ian Hunter
Teddy Foran Ian Hunter
The Croucher Leonard Shepherd
Third Stretcherbearer Charles Schofield
Production Team  
Director Raymond Massey
Settings by Augustus John
Produced by Charles Cochrane

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Collected Plays Volume Two: The Silver Tassie; Within the Gates; the Star Turns Red/ by Seán O'Casey

  • Year


  • Published By

    Macmillan and Co.

  • Address


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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 has been taken from contemporary press reviews.