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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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(p.245) 8 Conclusion
The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999

Robert Welch

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives a summary of the book and looks at the foundation of the Abbey Theatre, the Irish National Theatre, and how it all started from that afternoon at the Duras House. The first play of the Irish Literary Theatre carried a theme concerning politics: who should lead Ireland and how should it be lead. While Yeats did not suggest exact answers, he succeeded in showing how theatre could become a public laboratory for issues of governance, identity, and responsibility. Yeats, together with Synge and Lady Gregory, wanted to create a national theatre. The Abbey Theatre, under the control of her artistic directors, who drew out inspiration from the times, continued to be an arena that reflected the joys and sorrows of Ireland as a people.

Keywords:   Irish National Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Duras House, national theatre, Yeats, Lady Gregory

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