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Lily of Killarney 1923Carl Rosa Opera Company

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Unlike the other two components of the 'English Ring', The Bohemian Girl and Maritana, the plot of Benedict's The Lily of Killarney was derived from a contemporary play. Boucicault's Irish drama The Colleen Bawn (1860), hugely popular in Victorian times, had now faded from the repertoire. This may be one reason for Lily by now being considerably less popular than the others. Two of Boucicault's plays, London Assurance and The Shaughraun, have enjoyed successful theatrical revivals in recent years, so perhaps The Colleen Bawn should be given an occasional outing.

Cast details for the Glasgow performance have been taken from a programme in the collection of the V&A, London. It has one particularly interesting feature in the appearance of the veteran Canadian Mr E C Hedmondt in the character role of Myles.

For full details of the Royal Carl Rosa's 1923 Scottish tour, see under the entries for AïdaMaritanaLohengrinCarmen, Tales of Hoffmann or Bohemian Girl.

Performance Cast

Eily O'Connor the Colleen Bawn

Alma Lowe

Hardress Cregan secretly married to Eily

Ben Williams

Danny Mann a boatman, devoted to Hardress

Booth Hitchen

Squire Corrigan holder of a mortgage on the Cregan lands

Frederick Clendon

Father Tom Parish Priest of Kenmare

Harry Brindle

Myles na Coppaleen in love with Eily

Charles Hedmondt

Mrs Cregan Hardress's mother

Olive Gilbert

Miss Ann Chute an heiress, the Colleen Rhud

Eva Colton


Winifred Burns

Mr Bertie O'Moore

Martin O'Connor

Performance DatesLily of Killarney 1923

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

21 Mar, 19.15

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

11 Apr, 19.30

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