Beyond the Horizon (play)

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Beyond the Horizon
First edition cover
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Characters Robert Mayo
Andrew Mayo
Ruth Atkins
James Mayo
Kate Mayo
Captain Dick Scott
Mrs. Atkins
Doctor Fawcett
Date premiered 1920
Place premiered Broadway
Original language English
Genre Drama, tragedy
Setting The Mayo farm and the surrounding countryside

Beyond the Horizon is a 1920 play written by American playwright Eugene O'Neill. It was O'Neill's first full-length work, and the winner of the 1920 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The play focuses on the portrait of a family, and particularly two brothers Andrew and Robert.

In the first act of the play, Robert is about to go off to sea with their uncle Dick, a sea captain while Andrew looks forward to marrying his sweetheart Ruth and working on the family farm as he starts a family.


The play was adapted for television in 1975, directed by Rick Hauser and Michael Kahn and aired on PBS. It was adapted into an opera by composer Nicolas Flagello in 1983.


The play was most recently revived by Royal & Derngate in Northampton in November 2009. This production subsequently transferred to London's National Theatre in March 2010.

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