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The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999
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The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999: Form and Pressure

Robert Welch

Abstract

A century ago this year, productions of W. B. Yeats' The Countess Cathleen and Edward Martyn's The Heather Field inaugurated the Irish Literary Theatre, which was to take its name from its home in Abbey Street, Dublin. Despite riot, fire, and critical controversy, the Abbey Theatre has housed Ireland's National Theatre ever since. This is the first history of the Abbey to discuss the plays and the personalities in their underlying historical and political context, to give due weight to the theatre's work in Irish, and to take stock of its artistic and financial development up to the present. T ... More

Keywords: Abbey Theatre, Ireland's National Theatre, W. B. Yeats, Edward Martyn, Dublin, Lady Gregory, Synge, Sean O'Casey, Brian Friel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198121879
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121879.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Welch, author
University of Ulster at Coleraine

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