DOI: 10.5040/9781408189207.00000042
Acts: 3. Roles: Male (7) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Deirdre of the Sorrows is based on an ancient Irish myth, a story of a beautiful young woman, Deirdre, and her equally handsome lover Naisi, one of three brothers sworn to protect each other - and the young lovers - from Deirdre's betrothed, the ageing king Conchubhor.

Almost finished upon Synge's premature death, and published posthumously after revisions by Synge's fiancée, the actress Mary 'Molly' Algood, and poet and theatre-manager W. B. Yeats, Deirdre of the Sorrows is a vivid reimagining of the Deirdre myth, complete with Synge's distinctive lyric style.

From Synge: Complete Plays


Bloomsbury Publishing

John Millington Synge

ISBN: 9780413485205

Series: World Classics

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