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  • Playwright

    H.T. Lowe-Porter 

  • Synopsis

    A melodrama about a struggle for power amongst royalty, written in Elizabethan verse.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In addition to the above cast, an unspecified number of Citizens, Miners etc. were provide by Miss Josephine Albericci of Dublin School of Acting.


  • Date of First Production

    27 September 1948

  • Production Notes

    Marjory Hawtrey's dress in Act II by Lesley Lind, Embassy Theatre, London. Men's Costumes by SAMUELS, London. Gaiety Orchestra under the direction of Bay Jellett.

  • Producer

    Presented by Edwards-Mac Liammoir Gate Theatre Productions

  • Original Venue

    Gaiety Theatre

Original Cast  
The Countess Cathleen Delany
Third Duke Godfrey Quigley
The Privy Councillor Hilton Edwards
The Bard Hilton Edwards
The Prince Micheál Mac Liammóir
Governess Daphne Carroll
Itinerant Speaker Rory Kilkenny
First Nurse Isobel Couser
The King Denis Brennan
Fifth Minister Liam Gannon
The Premier Reginald Jarman
The Queen Marjory Hawtrey
Fourth Minister Richard Pollock
Soldiers John Tully
Miner Patrick Nolan
Sixth Minister Art O'Murnaghan
Second Minister Gearoid O'Lochlann
A Cleric Gearoid O'Lochlann
The Archbishop Robert Hennessy (1)
Singers Hilda White
Soldiers Seamus McDonald
The Foreign Lady Sheila Burrell
Second Duke John Battles
Rumour Helena Hughes
The Second Princess Helena Hughes
The First Princess Mary Rose McMaster
First Duke Patrick Crean
Third Minister Kendrick Huxham
First Equerry Ian Sainsbury
Second Equerry Peter Allen
Second Miner Frank Murphy (1)
First Lady-in-Waiting Eileen Morrison
Second Lady-in-Waiting Elizabeth Cheatle
Second Nurse Wendy Fowler
Miner's Wife Monica Coen
Nurse with Infant Una O'Higgins
Singers Mairin Fenning
Singers Joseph Flood
Singers Anthony Nolan
Children Maurice Devitt
Children Gloria Byrne
Children Ann Daly
Soldiers James Lucas
The Duchess Agnes Kelly
Production Team  
Director Hilton Edwards
Settings by Carl Bonn
Lighting Designer Hilton Edwards
Costumes Carl Bonn
Dance Advisor Cepta Cullen
Musical Director Bay Jellett
Musical Director Adolphe Gébler
Music Arranged by Adolphe Gébler
Manager Raymond Percy
Stage Manager Eric Copley
Assistant Stage Manager Godfrey Quigley
Assistant Stage Manager Mary Rose McMaster
Set Construction T. Daly
Wardrobe Master Paul Smith
Costume Construction Paul Smith
Chief Electrician Don Farquharson



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