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Brendan at the Chelsea

A bedroom in the Chelsea Hotel, New York


  • Playwright

    Janet Behan 

  • Synopsis

    It’s Sixties New York, in that legendary bohemian bolt hole, The Chelsea Hotel. Arthur Miller is just across the hall, the sound of Ornette Coleman is drifting down from the penthouse and the symphony of 24th Street is rising up and in through the open window of Brendan Behan’s room…

    He’s broke, hung over and way past the delivery date of his latest book, the first line of which he has yet to write. He was told to stop drinking or he’d be dead in six months – that was two years ago…


  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    The original production featured cast doubling.

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    15 January 2008

  • Production Notes

    Produced by Arts Ireland and the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    'Brendan at the Chelsea' received its Irish premiere at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, on the 21st of May 2011, starring and directed by Adrian Dunbar.

Original Cast  
Brendan Adrian Dunbar
Beatrice BrĂ­d Brennan
Performer Jonathan Tafler
Performer Joel Dommett
Performer Eva Crompton
Production Team  
Director Adrian Dunbar
Director Rosalind Scanlon
Costume Designer Anna Calligaro
Production Manager Colm Daly
Stage Manager Jenny O'Connell
Assistant Stage Manager Maree Spalding
Programme Design Matt Jamie
Poster Designer Catalysto Design
Website Design Matt Jamie

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the company website.