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The Fourth Wise Man


  • Playwright

    Johnny Hanrahan  John Browne 

  • Notes

    A musical theatre piece for 6-14 year olds.

  • Synopsis

    The play tells the story of the fourth wise man, who is a bit late, far from wise and far from Bethlehem. On his long and difficult journey towards wisdom, he is helped by the Old Man, the Owl and by Maria the servant girl. Eventually he learns the true nature of wisdom and fulfils his destiny. Based on an old Russian Orthodox legend, this musical theatre show draws on the tradition of the Everyman figure and of mystery plays and folk theatre.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details. In the original production all cast members also played a variety of instruments and sang.


  • Date of First Production

    06 December 2000

  • Producer

    Produced by The Ark

  • Original Venue

    The Ark

Original Cast  
The Fourth Wise Man Ciaran McIntyre
The Old Man Mal Whyte
Maria Gertrude Montgomery
Pally Pedlar Enda Kilroy
The Aunt Enda Kilroy
The Soldier Jason Gilroy
Production Team  
Director Johnny Hanrahan
Designer Blaithin Sheerin
Lighting Designer Lucy Carter
Producer Phill McCaughey
Musical Director John Browne
Musician David Boyd (2)
Technical Manager Ken Hartnett
Technical Assistant Henry Broekhoven
Company Artistic Director Martin Drury



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Johnny Hanrahan

  • Address

    c/o Revere
    South Douglas
    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


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