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The Golden Helmet

A Heroic Farce

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    William Butler Yeats 

  • Notes

    This play was later rewritten in Ballad Metre by Yeats and presented under the title The Green Helmet, at the Abbey Theatre on the 10th February 1910.

  • Synopsis

    A bitter argument arises between a band warriors over ownership of a golden helmet. Cuchulain offers his life for the helmet and is thus ultimately deemed most worthy of it.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

  • Cast Size Male

    12

  • Cast Size Female

    3

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Scullions, Horseboys, Blackmen Udolphus Wright
Red Man Ambrose Power
Laeghaire Fred O'Donovan (1)
Leagerie's Wife Eileen O'Doherty
Conal's Wife Máire O'Neill (1)
Conal Arthur Sinclair
Laeg Sydney J Morgan
Cuchulain J M Kerrigan
Scullions, Horseboys, Blackmen J A O'Rourke
Emer Sara Allgood
Scullions, Horseboys, Blackmen T J Fox
Scullions, Horseboys, Blackmen P Kearney
Scullions, Horseboys, Blackmen Stuart Hamilton
Scullions, Horseboys, Blackmen D. Robinson
Scullions, Horseboys, Blackmen T O'Neill

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Copyright Expired

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.