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All the King's Horses


  • Playwright

    John McDonnell 

  • Synopsis

    An eccentric old lady dies, leaving her possessions equally divided between her Protestant Unionist cousin from Belfast and her Catholic Nationalist cousin from Kildare. In order for them to claim their inheritance they have to live together peacefully in a small cottage for one month.

  • Play Type

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  • Date of First Production

    20 March 1961

  • Producer

    Produced by Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Original Venue

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Venue Notes

    First produced at the Queen's Theatre. this play subsequently had a very long run at Belfast's Group Theatre. Opening on October 24, 1961, and featuring James Young, critics noted that the original seemed "slightly shorter", while the Belfast version featured a new character.

Original Cast  
Gerry O'Neill T.P. McKenna
Father Kelly Peadar Lamb
Mary MacMillan Máire Ní Dhomhnaill
Mr. Applebloom Harry Brogan
Radio Announcer Bill Foley
Michael Malony Geoff Golden
Sergeant Reilly Micheál Ó Briain
Julia Finnegan Brid Lynch
William MacStay Vincent Dowling
Kate Houlihan Eileen Crowe
Taxi-man Eoin Ó Súilleabháin
Production Team  
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna
Produced by Tomás Mac Anna


  • Contact

    National Library of Ireland (Manuscripts Department)

  • Address

    Kildare Street
    Dublin 2
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    +353 1 6030200

  • Email

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