The Hairy Ape

Cast: 2f 6m plus extras

Staging: Various interior and exterior settings

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

First Staged:
Playwrights' Theatre, New York 1922

The Hairy Ape

By Eugene O'Neill

The Hairy Ape is Eugene O'Neill's nightmarish condemnation of the dehumanising effects of industrialisation on the American people.

Robert 'Yank' Smith, an animalistic stoker, breaks free from his engine-room confines when he is spurned by the glamorous society woman, Mildred Douglas. Looking to find his free self out in the 'real' world, Yank goes on the rampage – but how much will his freedom cost him? And is there really any such thing?

The Hairy Ape was first staged at the Playwrights' Theater, New York, in March 1922.

Press Quotes

'A stark and forceful piece'

Exuent Magazine

'O'Neill's play is an existentialist rollercoaster powered by a poetry'

Time Out

'In a time of austerity and job losses the playwright's rant against the ruling classes, giving voice to the embittered working man, does not go amiss'


Cast: 2f 6m plus extras

Staging:Various interior and exterior settings

Performing rights not held by Nick Hern Books

Also by Eugene O'Neill:

A Moon for the Misbegotten
Mourning Becomes Electra
Long Day's Journey into Night
The Iceman Cometh
Anna Christie
A Touch of the Poet
Desire Under the Elms & The Great God Brown
Strange Interlude
The Emperor Jones
The Great God Brown
All God's Chillun Got Wings
Anna Christie & The Emperor Jones: two plays
The Hairy Ape & All God's Chillun Got Wings
Ah! Wilderness
Desire Under the Elms

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