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King Ubu


  • Playwright

    Vincent Woods 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Alfred Jarry

  • Author Notes

    Adapted from Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, in a new version by Vincent Woods.
  • Synopsis

    A tale of political greed and folly. Ma and Pa Ubu kill the King and become rulers of their world. The chaos they unleash echoes many of the terrible wars of Europe.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. The two musicians listed played Cello and Keyboards.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Ma Ubu Michèle Forbes
Nobel Rory Nolan
Lover Rory Nolan
Tsar Rory Nolan
Soldier Paul Reid
Peasant Paul Reid
Merryman Paul Reid
Ubu's Army Paul Reid
Heads Paul Reid
Prince Buggerless Paul Reid
Judge Jim Aherne
Merrymen, Peasants, Army Jim Aherne
Merrymen, Peasants, Army Alexandra Christy
Judge Richard Farrell
Merrymen, Peasants, Army Richard Farrell
Prince Legless Fergus Ó Conghaile
Merryman Rory Nolan
Peasant Rory Nolan
King Rory Nolan
Queen Janet Moran
Merryman Janet Moran
Tails Janet Moran
Ubu's Army Janet Moran
Captain Manure Mark O'Regan
Musician Diane O'Keeffe
Musician Denis Clohessy
Merrymen, Peasants, Army Terry Dineen
Pa Ubu Malcolm Adams
Soldier Peter Daly
Peasant Peter Daly
Prince Ballsless Peter Daly
Merryman Peter Daly
Rinski Peter Daly
Nobel Peter Daly
Merrymen, Peasants, Army Daniel Zuur
Production Team  
Director Monica Frawley
Designer Monica Frawley
Producer Jane Daly
Lighting Designer Tina MacHugh
Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Movement Director David Bolger
Composer Denis Clohessy
Assistant Director Rachel West
Assistant Designer Maree Kearns
Production Manager Patrick McLaughlin
Stage Manager Mags Mulvey
Assistant Stage Manager Clive Welsh
Lighting Operator Emma Lohan
Lighting Operator Pat O'Reilly (2)
Set Construction Theatre Production Services
Scenic Artist Sandra Butler
Scenic Artist Ciara Moore
Costume Supervisor Monica Ennis
Production Electrician Ed Lawlor
Prop Maker Brien Vahey
Prop Maker Eimer Murphy
Tailor Denis Darcy
Photography Colm Hogan
Casting Maureen Hughes
Make-Up Patsy Giles
Carpenter Arthur Bell
Hair by Patsy Giles
Movement Co-ordinator Emma O'Kane
Frontcloth Artist Michael Cullen
Costume Team Eithne Heavey
Costume Team Suzanne Rothman Ferguson
Costume Team Nadia Rawy
Literal translation by Mary J Byrne

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Vincent Woods

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme