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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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1985–1999: ‘The dead are not the past, the dead are the future’

1985–1999: ‘The dead are not the past, the dead are the future’

(p.212) 7 1985–1999: ‘The dead are not the past, the dead are the future’
The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999

Robert Welch

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes up the stroy from the mid-1980s. Patrick Mason led the company during this time as its appointed artistic director. The last director, Garry Hynes returned to the Druid Theatre in Galway. In this period, the company enjoyed stability; in fact, Mason was identified as the single most important factor in establishing this stability. Together with James Hickey, the chairman of the board since 1993, they adopted a sound policy to always speak with one voice, whatever they disagreed upon in private. Within this period, management and the person responsible for realizing the visionary and pragmatic goals of the Abbey were in harmony; this is quite unusual, yet effective, in managing any kind of business. The chapter goes on to give an account of the vicissitudes of the artistic directors at the Abbey which was so different from how Mason's tenure was.

Keywords:   Patrick Mason, James Hickey, Garry Hynes, Druid Theatre, artistic director

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