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The Playboy of the Western World

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One of the best-known plays by one of Ireland's most famous playwrights, and starring some of the country's top actors of the 20th century. In this memorable tale, Christy Mahon arrives at a village pub claiming to have killed his tyrannical father, and the villagers embrace him - at least until his father returns. Siobhan McKenna plays one of her best-known roles as the innkeeper's daughter who showers Mahon with affection, while the famed Cyril Cusack is excellent as the mysterious stranger himself. A play that's both poetic and funny, with a wonderful use of local dialect.

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One of the best-known Irish playwrights, John Millington Synge premiered The Playboy of the Western World in 1907. It immediately provoked controversy, eventually resulting in the infamous "Playboy" riots.

It has been recorded and adapted many times, but this timeless recording stars the Irish actors who made it a classic, including Siobhan McKenna and Cyril Cusack.

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A most accurate and authentic re-enactment.

A most accurate and authentic re-enactment you could not hope for. The accents were very laboriously reconstructed and gave you a vivid sense of the plays intended realism. Listen at your own pleasure.

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A lovely insight into Irish life I’m in 1800’s

I wanted to listen to this book to get a greater sense of society in Ireland in the 1800’s (to complement my ancestry studies). It’s a lovely book and fantastic narration by Cyril Cusack. I’d downloaded the American version first, and the failed accents killed my enthusiasm). A simple but insightful book which I loved listening to!

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Perfection

An astonishing, classic performance of the greatest play Synge wrote. Incredible that this cast has been captured, all of them legends of their time, which was in living memory of Synge himself. If you want to really understand the play, this is a stunning inroad.

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