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The Cordelia Dream


  • Playwright

    Marina Carr 

  • Setting

    A space with a piano, the present day.

  • Synopsis

    A 21st century response to one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Two composers meet in a cheerless room and argue. They are the bitterest of rivals; they are also father and daughter. Overshadowing their encounter is her unrelenting dream of another father and daughter, of Lear and Cordelia ...

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


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Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    11 December 2008

  • Producer

    Produced by Royal Shakespeare Company

  • Original Venue

    Wilton's Music Hall

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the Complete Works Festival.

Original Cast  
Woman Michelle Gomez
Man David Hargreaves
Production Team  
Director Selina Cartmell
Designer Giles Cadle
Lighting Designer Matthew Richardson
Sound Designer Fergus O'Hare
Movement Director Anna Morrissey
Violin Eloise Prouse
Viola Amy Wein
Piano Recording Conor Linehan
Music by Conor Linehan
Musical Director Eloise Prouse
Company Manager Katie Vine
Production Manager Pete Griffin
Deputy Stage Manager Alison Daniels
Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Caselton-Smith
Company Stage Manager Alix Harvey-Thompson
Company Text and Voice Work Stephen Kemble
Dramaturg Jeanie O'Hare
Costume Supervisor Lisa Trump
Casting Sam Jones CDG
Cello Ben Davies

Published Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

  • Email


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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the published play script.