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The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999Form and Pressure$
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Robert Welch

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198121879

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198121879.001.0001

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1911–1925: ‘O Absalom, my son’

1911–1925: ‘O Absalom, my son’

(p.58) 3 1911–1925: ‘O Absalom, my son’
The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999

Robert Welch

Oxford University Press

The Abbey Theatre aimed to touch all Irish life. During the second decade of the 20th century, Ms. Horniman has left the company and J. M. Synge died, leaving Yeats and Lady Gregory to take hold of theatre management. Edward Gordon Craig, a famous stage designer, created a set of screens for the Abbey, to create atmospheric effect. These screens were first used for the revival of Yeats' The Hour Glass and Lady Gregory's The Deliverer. More plays were hosted at the Abbey, including King Argimenes and the Unknown Warrior and Mixed Marriage. Moved by The Countess Cathleen while visiting England, Yeats met with its creator, Nugent Monck, believing that he could bring grace, vigour, and vitality to the Abbey. Working with the Abbey Theatre company, Monck was given freedom to build his own school in acting, elocution, gesture, and deportment. The Abbey School of Acting produced plays, such as The Interlude of Youth. Yeats and the main company travelled to the USA to present The Playboy to the American audience. It was presented in Boston on the 16th of October, and was well received.

Keywords:   Edward Gordon Craig, The Hour Glass, The Deliverer, King Argimenes and the Unknown Warrior, Nugent Monck, The Countess Cathleen

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