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Someone Who'll Watch over Me is a play written by Irish dramatist Frank McGuinness. The play focuses on the trials and tribulations of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American (Edward, Michael, and Adam) who are kidnapped and held hostage by unseen Arabs in Lebanon. As the three men strive for survival they also strive to overcome their personal and nationalistic differences. Related to this is each individual's own attempt to maintain sanity under the watchful eye of both captors and supposed comrades. At times the dramatic dialogue reaches a level of Beckettinian absurdity, as even the audience is unable to draw a distinction between the characters' insanity and humour. We are made witness and accomplice to a humour based on something apparently ghastly, the loss of rationality.


The play was first staged in July 1992, at the Hampstead Theatre[2], London and transferred to the West End Vaudeville Theatre, September-October 1992.

It was produced at the West End New Ambassador Theatre April 19 - November 18, 1991, where reviewer Peggy Nuttall wrote: "...the best thing I've seen in a long time." [1] Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, the play starred Jonny Lee Miller (Adam), Aidan Gillen (Edward) and David Threlfall (Michael).

It was produced on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, opening on May 29, 1992 and closing on June 13, 1997, after 292 performances and 2 previews. Directed by Robin Lefevre, it starred Stephen Rea (Edward), James McDaniel (Adam), and Alec McCowen (Michael); Michael York took the Michael role late in the play's run. It received Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Actor in Play (Stephen Rea); Stephen Rea received the Theatre World Award. The show won the 1993 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play


  1. ^ [1] Online London Review, 2003 (should be 2005)

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