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W.B. Yeats, the Abbey Theatre, Censorship, and the Irish StateAdding the Half-pence to the Pence$
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Lauren Arrington

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590575.001.0001

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‘We have no gift to set a statesman right’: Representation, Reform, Subsidy, and Censorship

‘We have no gift to set a statesman right’: Representation, Reform, Subsidy, and Censorship

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(p.1) 1 ‘We have no gift to set a statesman right’: Representation, Reform, Subsidy, and Censorship
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W.B. Yeats, the Abbey Theatre, Censorship, and the Irish State
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Lauren Arrington

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590575.003.0001

The introduction situates the Abbey Theatre's origins in the context of European Reform Theatres and examines the theatre's claim to be representative: a claim that has been subject to debate since the Abbey's foundation. Early productions that were objects of public protest—The Countess Cathleen and The Playboy of the Western World—are discussed in light of the themes of reform and representation in preparation for a further analysis of the riots over The Plough and the Stars. It argues that Shaw's O'Flaherty V.C. and St John Ervine's The Magnanimous Lover are early examples of censorship for financial and political reasons.

Keywords:   Countess Cathleen, Playboy riots, reform theatre, Shaw, St John Ervine

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