The Story of the Abbey Theatre: From Its Origins in 1899 to the Present

The Story of the Abbey Theatre: From Its Origins in 1899 to the Present

The Story of the Abbey Theatre: From Its Origins in 1899 to the Present

The Story of the Abbey Theatre: From Its Origins in 1899 to the Present

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The Abbey Theatre's contribution to dramatic literature during the twentieth century has been so great that the story of its extraordinary achievement is deserving of attention. Many of the small theatres that came into existence during the same period are remembered because they helped in the development of a single dramatist of genius: the Moscow Art Theatre (1898) produced Chekhov; the Théâtre Libre in Paris (1887) helped Ibsen; the Avenue Theatre in London (1894) produced Shaw's first play. The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, however, produced a whole school of dramatists, many of whom were of the first rank. Immediately the names of Yeats, Synge, O'Casey, Lady Gregory, Colum, Robinson, and Murray come to mind. To explain this phenomenon as an accident would be neither honest nor adequate.

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