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Anything But the Truth

A comedy by Christine Longford.


  • Playwright

    Christine Longford 

  • Setting

    The action of the play takes place over a summer weekend, at Mount Oliphant, a country house in Ireland.

  • Synopsis

    A comedy about the fashionable country set whose opinions about themselves and others are exposed by the reading of a personal diary of the 'colossal bore' Bobbie Prendergast. All of them, Bobbie included, are desperate to make a favourable impression on John Bateson, a famous stage producer, but he in turn has no interest at all in being used to further their careers, but considerably more interest in the pursuit of love.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female



  • Date of First Production

    25 May 1937

  • Production Notes

    Furniture by Edward Carroll & Co., Bachelor's Walk, Dublin. Electrical Fittings by General Electric Co., Trinity St., Dublin. Ladies' Tweeds & Jumpers by the Hand Loom Shop, Dawson St., Dublin. Pottery & Pictures by the Dublin Art Shop.

  • Producer

    Presented by Longford Productions

  • Original Venue

    Gate Theatre/Amharclann an Gheata

Original Cast  
Wilson John Cowley
Maureen Massey Cathleen Delany
John Bateson Ronald Ibbs
Hazel Oliphant Betty Chancellor
George Oliphant Robert Hennessy (1)
Eileen Oliphant Jean Anderson
Lionel Box Hamlyn Benson
Diana Box Clodagh Garratt
Bobbie Prendergast Blake Gifford
Production Team  
Director Peter Powell
Set Designer Peter Powell
Producer Peter Powell
Lighting Designer Peter Powell
Musician Cathleen Rogers
Musician Gretta Smith
Musician Alice Brough
Manager Harry Fine
Stage Manager Robert Bett
Assistant Stage Manager Doris Cloghran
Set Construction Michael Lambert
Set Painter Nora McCartan
Wardrobe Mistress Christina Keely
Chief Electrician Patrick Long
Carpenter Michael Lambert


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Lady Boyd

  • Address

    Ince Castle

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)1752 842 672

  • Email


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