About The Abbey Theatre
August 22, 2016

The Abbey Theatre is Ireland’s national theatre. It was founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. Since it first opened its doors in 1904, the theater has played a vital and often controversial role in the literary, social, and cultural life of Ireland.

In 1905, the Abbey Theatre first toured internationally and continues to be an ambassador for Irish arts and culture worldwide.

The Abbey Theatre produces an annual program of diverse, engaging, innovative Irish and international theater, and invests in and promotes new Irish writers and artists.

Over the years, the Abbey Theatre has nurtured and premiered the work of major playwrights such as J.M. Synge and Sean O’Casey as well as contemporary classics from Sebastian Barry, Marina Carr, Bernard Farrell, Brian Friel, Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness, Tom MacIntyre, Tom Murphy, Mark O’Rowe, and Billy Roche.

The Abbey Theatre also supports a new generation of Irish writers including Richard Dormer, Gary Duggan, Shaun Dunne, Stacey Gregg, Nancy Harris, David Ireland, Jimmy McAleavey, Owen McCafferty Phillip McMahon, Elaine Murphy, Sean P. Summers, Michael West, and Carmel Winters.

This article originally appeared in the A.R.T. Guide, published by the American Repertory Theater.

Also in this guide about The Plough And The Stars:

An Interview With Director Sean Holmes

Interview by Ciara Walsh and Matthew Connau

 

Riots and Risings

by Robert Duffley

 

The Plough And The Stars

by Catherine McKenna

Publication date:
August 22, 2016

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