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The Gift of the Magi


  • Playwright

    Gemma Doorly 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    O. Henry

  • Author Notes

    A re-imagining of O. Henry's 1906 short story "The Gift of the Magi".
  • Notes

    The Gift of the Magi formed part of Theatre's Upstairs cycle of new plays based on classic Christmas tales set in modern Dublin, The Yule Tide Tales.

  • Synopsis

    James and Della have recently downsized to a small flat, just off the M50. Now that James has been made redundant, his continuous Facebook rants and public outbursts are starting to take their toll on even the most positive of individuals, his ever optimistic wife, Della. With nothing but each other this Christmas, will they ring in the new year together or will their relationship go down the chimney?

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Della Gene Rooney
James Jim Roche
Production Team  
Director Gemma Doorly
Production Designer Laura Honan
Production Designer Sinead Kelly

Unpublished Scripts

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Source Of Information

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