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How Far Is It To Bethlehem


  • Playwright

    Mary Murphy 

  • Notes

    For ages 7+.

  • Synopsis

    How does 8 year old Louise cope with the commercial pressures of Christmas after impulsively giving all her savings away to a travelling woman? How Far Is It To Bethlehem looks at the problems of living up to the true spirit of Christmas.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Louise Bernie Downes
Mother Helen Roche
Sinead Margaret Callan
Cast of Thousands Little John Nee
Cast of Thousands Paul Keeley
Cast of Thousands Jean Doyle
Cast of Thousands Malcolm George
Production Team  
Director Mary Murphy
Movement Mags Byrne
Designer Bill Wertz
Designer Kathy Kenny
Stage Manager Sighle Toibin
Lighting Conleth White

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Mary Murphy

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this listing was taken from the play's original production programme and press cuttings.