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OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Kate O'Brien 

  • Setting

    Brixton, London, 1920s

  • Synopsis

    Mable Hemworth is a houseproud, lower-middle class wife, more concerned with keeping up appearances than responding to her husband Natty's affections. Natty falls for Frances Llewellyn, a bookish, artistic, neighbour, with ultimately tragic consequences.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    Full-Length

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

  • Date of First Production

    12 July 1926

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    Haymarket Theatre

  • Venue Notes

    First professional performance was at the Haymarket Theatre, also known as the Little Theatre. Play was earlier peformed, on May 2, at the Aldwych Theatre, by an amatuer company.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Performed at the Abbey Theatre in January 1929.

Original Cast  

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    David Higham Associates Limited

  • Address

    5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square,
    London W1F 9HA
    England

  • Phone

    44 - 20 - 7437 7888

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

From Kate O'Brien: A Writing Life by Eibhear Walshe (Irish Academic Press; 2006)