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Castle Rackrent 2009

Venue: Shirley Hall, King’s School, Canterbury

Music and Musical Director: Mark Doughtery

Libretto: Michael Irwin

Director: Trevor Alexander


This work was by composer Mark Dougherty and librettist Michael Irwin who wrote the Canterbury Festival’s Community Opera, Promised Land.


Castle Rackrent was a music-drama based on Maria Edgeworth’s darkly comic novella set prior to 1782. It is often regarded as the first historical novel, the first regional novel in English and the first Anglo-Irish novel.


It tells the story of four generations of the Irish family Rackrents’ heirs through their steward, Thady Quirk.


Castle Rackrent was performed as part of the Canterbury Festival fringe.

Future Dates


31st August 2019

Acting & voice workshops

Entrance free


14th September 2019

Casting Workshop

Entrance free


29th February  &         

1st March 2020 

Performance dates for

Dreamlands'' at the Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

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