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The Legend of Lola Montez


  • Playwright

    Sylvia Cullen 

  • Setting

    Various locations across Europe, the mid-nineteenth century.

  • Synopsis

    The fascinating true story of Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landesfeld. Born to a teenaged mother in County Sligo in 1821, Gilbert re-invented herself as Spanish dancer Lola Montez.Travelling across Europe in a whirlwind of adventure and romance, Montez embarked on a series of scandalous love affairs with Franz Lizst, Alexandre Dumas and King Ludwig of Bavaria amongst others, earning herself the reputation of 'the most outrageous woman in the world'.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling possible. In the original production actors also played further minor parts (unlisted).

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    29 February 2008

  • Producer

    Produced by NTC Touring Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed in the Newton & Bywell CM, Northumberland.

Original Cast  
Janey Murphy Bidi Iredale
Nussbammer Andrew Piper
Noel Follin Andrew Piper
Captain Craigie John Downham
Editor John Downham
King Ludwig John Downham
Cork Cornerboy John Downham
Ageing Playboy John Downham
Autograph-Hunter Angie Cape
Lizst Andrew Piper
Thomas James Andrew Piper
Mary Green Bidi Iredale
Maria Bidi Iredale
Eliza Gilbert/ Lola Montez Clare Barrett (2)
Elizabeth Joanna Nevin
Queen Therese Joanna Nevin
Messenger Andrew Piper
Hackett Andrew Piper
Aide Andrew Piper
Seer Angie Cape
Production Team  
Director Gillian Hambleton
Designer Michelle Huitson
Composer Jim Kitson
Assistant Director Laura Elliott
Stage Manager Ben Steppenbeck
Assistant Stage Manager Fallon Charlton

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from materials provided by NTC Touring Theatre Company.