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The Dead


  • Playwright

    Hugh Leonard 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    James Joyce

  • Author Notes

    Based on the short story of the same name, first published in 1914.
  • Setting

    The action passes in the first floor flat rented by the Morkan sisters on Ushers Island, and later in a bedroom of the Gresham Hotel. The time is an evening in early January 1901.

  • Notes

    Presented as a double bill along with 'The Quick' as part of the 1967 Dublin Theatre Festival.

  • Synopsis

    A stage adaptation of Joyce's celebrated short story.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    'Guests', also listed on the programme, were played by members of the Brendan Smith Academy of Acting.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Miss Power Ann Myler
Mrs Mallins Ruth Durley
Mary Jane Morkan Joan Stynes
Miss Ivors Eithne Lydon
Bartell D'Arcy Derek Young
Julia Morkan Helen Robinson
Freddy Mallins Conor Evans
Miss Furlong Anne Brogan
Gretta Conroy Maureen Toal
Lily Brenda Fricker
Kate Morkan Anna Manahan
Gabriel Conroy Jim Norton
Mr Browne Martin Dempsey
Miss Daly Columba Hogan
Production Team  
Director Barry Cassin
Designer Patrick Murray
Producer Phyllis Ryan

Unpublished Scripts

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  • Rights Type

    All Rights

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original playbill.