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Handel's Crossing


  • Playwright

    Joseph O'Connor (1) 

  • Setting

    A ship approaching Dublin Bay, 1742.

  • Synopsis

    The action takes place aboard a ship carrying an ageing and maudlin George Frederick Handel to Dublin for the premiere of the Messiah. As the performance in Fishamble Street looms, the composer is increasingly riddled with fear and self-doubt. His two servants, meanwhile, have personal issues of their own to face.

  • Play Type

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  • Date of First Production

    16 April 2009

  • Producer

    Produced by Fishamble: The New Play Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    Site-specific. Staged aboard the Jeannie Johnston famine replica ship docked at Custom House Quay, Dublin.

  • Irish Premiere Notes

    Site-specific performance commissioned by Fishamble in collaboration with RTÉ Lyric FM as part of the 2009 Dublin Handel Festival. Originally broadcast as "The Crossing: Handel's Messiah" on Lyric FM in 2003.

Original Cast  
Male Voice Miche Doherty
George Frederick Handel Alan Stanford
Peter Le Blond Aaron Monaghan
Susannah Cibber Caitríona Ní Mhurchú
Margerie Powers Kathy Rose O'Brien
Production Team  
Director Jim Culleton
Producer Orla Flanagan
Costume Designer Leonore McDonagh
Sound Designer Eoin Brady (at RTE Lyric FM)
Stage Director Miriam Duffy
Stage Management Stephanie Ryan
Stage Management Intern Declan O'Loughlin
Literary Intern Meghan Malone
Photography Ros Kavanagh
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Production Management Davis Events
Hair & Make-Up Val Sherlock
Public Relations Conway Communications



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Blake Friedmann

  • Address

    122 Arlington Road
    London NW1 7HP

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7284 0408

  • Email


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