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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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1966–1985: ‘History is personal’

1966–1985: ‘History is personal’

(p.178) 6 1966–1985: ‘History is personal’
The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999

Robert Welch

Oxford University Press

IThe Abbey Theatre faced many difficulties between 1966 and the 1980s. The new Abbey Theatre opened on 18 July 1966, but not without difficulty. Its patent had run out about the time of the 1951 fire, and its renewal had been overlooked. The company could only work under a temporary license for selling drinks at the theatre, after the authorities relented. On opening night, the theatre experienced onstage technical problems which were only resolved half an hour before the curtain went up. The opening went with a great celebration: trumpets heralded the inauguration, and important people like President Eamon de Valera taking part in the event. This chapter finally recounts the new features of the Abbey Theatre, and the events that took place after its inauguration.

Keywords:   Abbey Theatre, inauguration, Eamon de Valera, patent, 1951 fire

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