Abbey Theatre in the Irish Literary Renaissance Criticism: Major Figures - Essay

Lennox Robinson (essay date 1938)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Robinson, Lennox. “Lady Gregory.” In The Irish Theatre: Lectures Delivered During the Abbey Theatre Festival Held in Dublin in August 1938, edited by Lennox Robinson, pp. 55-64. London, Great Britain: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1939.

[In the following essay, first delivered as a speech for the first Abbey Theatre Dramatic Festival in 1938, Robinson—who served as a manager, producer, and director at the Abbey Theatre—describes Lady Augusta Gregory's contributions to the Abbey Theatre.]

To understand Lady Gregory fully it is necessary to visualise her background. She was born in a big country-house in Co. Galway in 1852, and married in 1881 Sir Richard...

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Ronald Ayling (essay date spring 1972)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Ayling, Ronald. “Sean O'Casey and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.” Dalhousie Review 52, no. 1 (spring 1972): 21-33.

[In the following essay, Ayling examines the complicated relationship of playwright Sean O'Casey to the Abbey Theatre.]

“All art is a collaboration”

J. M. Synge1


Irish writers and comics, possibly begrudging Sean O'Casey's exceptional popularity, have claimed that much of this success in his native city can be attributed to the acting of the Abbey company and the active collaboration of the theatre's directors in writing and revising his plays. I remember vividly on my first...

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Ann Saddlemyer (essay date September 1981)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Saddlemyer, Ann. “J. M. Synge on the Irish Dramatic Movement: An Unpublished Article.” Modern Drama 24, no. 3 (September 1981): 276-81.

[In the following essay, Saddlemyer discusses an unpublished essay by John Millington Synge that demonstrates Synge's commitment to Yeats's artistic principles and the ideals of the early Abbey Theatre.]

During the last week of April, 1906, the Irish National Theatre Society visited the north of England for the first time, performing in the Midland Theatre, Manchester, on April 23 and 24 before proceeding to Liverpool and Leeds. As the only Director based in Dublin, Synge had been taking increasing responsibility for Abbey...

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Sheila Gooddie (essay date 1990)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Gooddie, Sheila. “The Abbey Theatre.” In Annie Horniman: A Pioneer in the Theatre, pp. 59-68. London: Methuen, 1990.

[In the following essay, Gooddie examines the complicated and thorny relationship between Yeats and Annie Horniman, the first financial backer of the Abbey Theatre.]

In 1904 local authorities started to tighten up their fire regulations in theatres, following a serious fire in a theatre in England and an even worse one in Chicago where people lost their lives. Some small back-street theatres were forced to close, among them the Hibernian Theatre of Varieties in Abbey Street in Dublin, which had been unable to make the alterations required by...

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