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The Masquerade of Henry IV


  • Playwright

    Micheál Mac Liammóir 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Luigi Pirandello 

  • Author Notes

    Translated from Luigi Pirandello's Original Play.

  • Setting

    The action takes place in a solitary villa in Umbria, Italy. Time, the present.

  • Synopsis

    An exploration of how actors play a part. Four actors arrive, one of them new, to play the part of attendants to Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV. Unfortunately, the new one has assumed that the ruler is Henry IV of France, and so has read up and assumed the part of a French lord five centuries later. The four of them turn out to be attendants not, as initially seems, in a play about the Emperor, but to a rich Count who lapsed into madness following an injury received during a pageant in which he was playing Henry IV.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Baron Tito Belcredi Christopher Casson
Bertoldo Patrick Bedford
Henry IV Micheál Mac Liammóir
The Marquis Carlo Di Nollo Patrick McLarnon
Valet John Molloy
Arialdo Colm O'Kelly
Valet James McCrindell
Landolfo Ronald Govey
Ordulfo Arthur Cox
Giovanni Christopher Doyle
Dr. Dionino Genoni Paul Farrell
The Marchioness Matilda Di Spina Coralie Carmichael
Frida Ursula O'Leary
Production Team  
Designer Molly McEwen
Lighting Hilton Edwards
Costumes Eileen Long
Produced by Hilton Edwards
Stage Director Colm O'Kelly
Assistant Stage Manager Patrick McLarnon
Assistant Stage Manager Valerie French
Wardrobe Master Paul Smith
Chief Electrician Edward Fegan
PR Máire Judge


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Michael Travers

  • Address

    Inch, Annascaul
    Tralee, Co Kerry
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 (0)66 915 8223 | +353 (0)87 947 5256


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