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Maurice Harte

A Play in Two Acts


  • Drámadóir

    T.C. Murray 

  • Suíomh

    Somewhere near Macroom, rural County Cork

  • Achoimre

    In 'Maurice Harte' the main character suffers a nervous breakdown resulting from family pressure, manifesting in the Irish devotion to the priesthood as a source of both religious honour and social status. Ellen Harte, Maurice’s mother, wants a priest in the family. Maurice wants something other than what his family does. “Tisn’t to-day not yesterday I realised my own nature . . . But I buried my wretched secret in my soul.” This is the root conflict in the play. Maurice receives no support from either his family or the local parish priest, Father Mangan. The results for Maurice are tragic and heartwrenching.

  • Cinéal Dráma

    Drámaí Ginearálta

    Líon na Míreanna

    Dráma Fada

  • Méid na Fóirne ( Fireann)


  • Méid na Fóirne (Baineann)


Céad Léiriú

  • Dáta an Chéad Léirithe

    20 June 1912

  • Leiriú

    Produced by Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Ionad an Chéad Léirithe

    The Royal Court Theatre

  • Nótaí faoin Ionad

    The Abbey premiered three new plays at The Royal Court Theatre, London in 1912. 'Maurice Hart' was the first ever Abbey production to premiere outside of Dublin.

Foireann An Chéad Léirithe  
Peter Mangan Udolphus Wright
Maurice Harte Fred O'Donovan (1)
Mrs O'Connor Eileen O'Doherty
Michael Harte Arthur Sinclair
Father Mangan Sydney J Morgan
Owen Harte J A O'Rourke
Ellen Harte Sara Allgood
Foireann Léirithe  
Léirithe ag Lennox Robinson

Scripteanna Foilsithe

Eolas Faoi Chearta

  • Críoch

    All Territories

  • Cinéal Cearta

    All Rights

  • Teagmháil

    Colin Smythe Ltd.

  • Seoladh

    P. O. Box 6, Gerrards Cross
    SL9 8XA

  • Guthán

    +44 (0) 1753 886000

  • Ríomhphost

Foinse Eolais

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time. The synopsis was provided by Martin Munroe.