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The White House


  • Playwright

    Tom Murphy (1) 

  • Setting

    The First Act is set at the time the play was first produced while Act 2 takes place nine years earlier in 1963.

  • Notes

    The White House was radically reworked and presented as 'Conversations on a Homecoming' in 1985 by Druid Theatre Company.

  • Synopsis

    In a pub in a small western town three buddies meet up in anticipation of the return of a fourth who emigrated to England. Tom, Liam, Junior and Michael reminisce about the good old days. It soon becomes clear that nobody is happy and that life has dissappointed. In the second act, Murphy bring's us back to the day, nine year's previous, when the mood was more positive, change was possible and their futures were bright. That day was November 22, 1963.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

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Original Cast  
Tom John Kavanagh (1)
Peggy Nuala Hayes
Junior Des Cave
Liam Joe Dowling
Michael Bosco Hogan
Josie Veronica Duffy
Missus Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Johnny Patterson Micheál Ó Briain
Larry Micheál Ó hAonghusa
Father Connolly Philip O'Flynn
Helen Fionnuala Kenny
Anne Michele Lohan
J.J. Dan O'Herlihy
Production Team  
Director Vincent Dowling
Set Designer Lewis Logan
Lighting Leslie Scott
Costume Designer Josephine Lovell
Sound Nuala Golden
Stage Director Rhona Woodcock
Stage Manager Tommy Woods


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Alexandra Cann Representation

  • Address

    Box 116, 4 Montpelier Street
    London SW7 1EE

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)7796954969

  • Email


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