Found: John (Half-hanged) MacNaghten!

Posted on: 11th August 2011

The Playhouse this week announced the steller cast for their much anticipated new play based on the famed local tale of John (Half-hanged) MacNaghten.

From the pen of local playwright Stan McGowan, ‘The Wood of The Crows' deals with the tragic events that led to the death of the young Prehen heiress Mary Ann Knox by the hand of her much older lover John MacNaghten in the year 1761.

The play, set against the background of Georgian Ascendency Londonderry will be directed by the author and will be preformed at the Playhouse from 15th to Saturday 20th November to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the tragedy.

Local actors were invited to attend the open auditions in June and the talented cast met last week for the first time to receive their scripts.

Connor Barr will play the infamous John MacNaghten and Sinead Sharkey will play the role of Mary Ann Knox. Other actors taking to the stage include Helen McLaughlin (Honoria Knox), Bill Waters (Andrew Knox), Marie Dunne (Angel Knox), Eaman Craig (George Knox), and Gregory Peck (James the Butler).

"We're just so excited to announce this first class local cast. We were determined to capture the very best local talent to tell the infamous story of John (Half-hanged) MacNaghten.The tale has become the stuff of legend, a riveting story of obsession, forbidden love and heartbreak, the city's very own Greek tragedy" Playhouse founding director Pauline Ross said.

Tickets for ‘The Wood of The Crows' from 15th to Saturday 20th November are £11/ £8. To book contact The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027 or click here.

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