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Philadelphia, Here I Come!


  • Playwright

    Brian Friel 

  • Setting

    Set in Ballybeg. Time, the present (1964).

  • Synopsis

    Fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and his humiliating job at his father's grocery shop, with his frustrated love for Kathy Doogan who married a richer, more successful young man and with the total absence of prospect and opportunity in his life at home, Gareth O'Donnell has accepted his aunt's invitation to come to Philadelphia. On the eve of his departure, despite the fantasies Gar entertains of life in America, all it take to stop him leaving would be one word of affection from his father or Kathy, or a word of genuine understanding from his friends.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



Original Cast  
Kate Doogan Máire Hastings
Ned Eamon Morrissey
S.B. O'Donnell Eamon Kelly
Gar Private Donal Donnelly
Joe Emmet Bergin
Gar Public Patrick Bedford
Con Sweeney Tom Irwin
Senator Doogan Cecil Barror
Master Boyle Dominic Roche
Ben Burton Michael Mara
Madge Maureen O'Sullivan
Lizzy Sweeney Ruby Head
Tom Brendan O'Sullivan
Canon Mick O'Byrne Alex McDonald
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Alpho O'Reilly
Lighting Designer Hilton Edwards
Stage Director Ruth O'Mara



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Agency

  • Address

    24 Pottery Lane, Holland Park
    London W11 4LZ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7727 1346

  • Email

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The information for this entry was taken from the original Production Programme.