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A Whistle in the Dark


  • Playwright

    Tom Murphy (1) 

  • Setting

    The living-room in Michael's house in Coventry.

  • Synopsis

    Michael Carney is an Irishman living in Coventry with his young wife, Betty. He has given lodgings to his three brothers as they establish themselves there, but far from showing him gratitude for his generosity, he is treated with derision and terrorised in his own home.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    11 September 1961

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Robin Fox and Brian Phelan.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed at The Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London.

Original Cast  
Michael Carney Snr. Patrick Magee
Des Carney Dudley Sutton
Michael Carney Michael Craig
Harry Carney Darren Nesbit
Iggy Carney Oliver McGreery
Hugo Carney James Mellor
Betty Dorothy Bromley
Mush O'Reilly Sean Lynch (2)
Production Team  
Director Edward Burnham
Producer Brian Phelan
Poster and Programme Design Alan Pikford
Photography Sandra Lousada
Press Representative Virginia Pope
Stage Manager Alan Wallace
Sound Engineer Ivor Dykes
Set Construction David Marshall
Designer Alan Pikford
Producer Robin Fox

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Murphy Plays 4

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

  • Website


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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

  • Email


Source Of Information

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