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It's a Wonderful Life


  • Playwright

    Gary Duggan 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Philip Van Doren Stern

  • Author Notes

    Based on Van Doren Stern's 1945 short story "The Greatest Gift" which inspired the 1946 film, It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Setting

    December. The Summit Inn in Howth.

  • Notes

    It's a Wonderful Life formed part of Theatre's Upstairs cycle of new plays based on classic Christmas tales set in modern Dublin, The Yule Tide Tales.

  • Synopsis

    Georgie Travers is on edge at last orders on Christmas Eve. The barman has disappeared to pull down the shutters, leaving Georgie with one other straggler. This oddball, Lawrence, won't let Georgie finish his last pint in peace, working hard to convince his new bar buddy that Georgie's life till now has not been one monster disappointment for all involved. And there's a better possible future for Georgie than his own planned moonlit stroll to the cliff walk...

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


Original Production

Original Cast  
Lawrence Gerard Byrne
Georgie Travers Stephen Kelly (1)
Production Team  
Director Gary Duggan
Production Designer Laura Honan
Production Designer Sinead Kelly

Unpublished Scripts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

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Source Of Information

The information for this entry came from the original production programme.