Hugh Leonard, playwright

About his work for stage, page and screen

Hugh Leonard, playwright

The Irish playwright Hugh Leonard (1926-2009) described writing as “an illness, a virus that no science can isolate and cure”.  This illness afflicted him for his 82 years during which … Continue reading

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The Au Pair Man

“I advertise daily for an au pair, but it seems to be a dying genre. I’m afraid you were inimitable, my dear: of the few young men who came to  … Continue reading

05/08/2014 · Leave a comment

Leonard and McGahern – The Barracks

The Barracks, Hugh Leonard’s adaptation of the 1963 novel by John McGahern, premiered in 1969 at the Dublin Theatre Festival. This appears to be the only stage adaptation of a … Continue reading

01/08/2014 · Leave a comment

Sherlock Holmes and the Mask of Moriarty

“Oh, Miss, I am dead. The two men…they have killed-“ An impossible murder in the fog on Waterloo Bridge. So, begins The Mask of Moriarty. a full length play by … Continue reading

30/07/2014 · Leave a comment

Leonard, Joyce and Dubliners

Following his success in adapting Joyce for the stage in Stephen D. in 1962, Hugh Leonard went on to adapt seven of Joyce’s Dubliners stories for the stage in the … Continue reading

11/05/2014 · Leave a comment

Stephen D.

Hugh Leonard and James Joyce: Stephen D “Stephen D is a most difficult and intricate play, which will stand or fall depending upon its director’s imagination”, Hugh Leonard in his … Continue reading

18/03/2014 · 1 Comment

The Late Arrival of the Incoming Aircraft

The Late Arrival of the Incoming Aircraft (also The Quick) A one act play by Hugh Leonard. The action takes place in a lounge at Dublin Airport.  Josie Collins is … Continue reading

14/04/2013 · Leave a comment
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