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The Dreamers

A play in three acts by Lennox Robinson.


  • Playwright

    Lennox Robinson 

  • Setting

    The Brady's house in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, July 16, 1803. A room in the White Bull Inn, Thomas St., Dublin, July 23, 1803; the door of the Depot, Marshalsea Lane, Dublin that evening; and later in the evening back at the White Bull Inn. Mrs Palmer's house, Harold's Cross, Dublin, August 25, 1803.

  • Synopsis

    A dramatisation of Robert Emmet's failed rebellion and his relationship with Sarah Curran in Dublin in 1803.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    There were 3 additional 'other men', not doubled up, played by Arthur Shields, Edward Reardon and Jack Dunne


Original Cast  
Kate Sheila O'Sullivan
Martin Brady Udolphus Wright
Quigley Eric Gorman
Lacey Eric Gorman
Mulligan Barry Fitzgerald
Major Sirr Philip Guiry
Trenaghan Philip Guiry
Peter Freyne J G St John
Robert Emmet Fred O'Donovan (1)
Phillips Fred Harford
John Brady Arthur Sinclair
Jones H E Hutchinson
Peter Flynn Sydney J Morgan
Larry J M Kerrigan
Henry Howley J M Kerrigan
Felix Rourke J M Kerrigan
Mike J A O'Rourke
Roche J A O'Rourke
Robert Brady Andrew Patrick Wilson
Sarah Curran Sara Allgood
Con Sean Connolly
Mangan Sean Connolly
Julia Kathleen Drago
Jerry Thomas O'Neill
Jim J F Barlow
Mickey Michael Conniffe
Mary Cathleen McCarthy
Mrs Dillon Ann Coppinger
Jane Curran Nora Desmond
Mrs Palmer Helena Molony
Production Team  
Produced by Andrew Patrick Wilson


  • Title

    The Dreamers. a play in three acts, Lennox Robinson

  • Year


  • Published By


  • Address

    Republic of Ireland


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Abbey Theatre Archive

  • Address

    Abbey and Peacock Theatres
    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00 353 1 887 2200

  • Email

  • Website


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