by Dion Boucicault
Tue 12 - Sat 16 July 2016
Dion Boucicault remains the undisputed master of 19th Century melodrama. He wrote and played the lead in his greatest success, The Shaughraun, which opened at Wallack's Theatre, New York, on 14 November 1874. The play was a huge success, making him a massive half a million dollars.
The play has the fine elements of the melodrama— an exotic setting on the wild Irish coast; sensational melodramatic scenes; a traditional Irish wake; a jailbreak; beautiful damsels in distress; swashbuckling swordplay; moustachioed villains; lots of kissing; music and dancing; and a charismatic hero whose fiddle is the soul of every fair and the life of every funeral...also a dog!
With a cast of 26 and six musicians, this spectacular play will be super summer entertainment for all the family.