A History of Irish Theatre 1601-2000

A History of Irish Theatre 1601-2000

By: Chris Morash (author)Paperback

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While most accounts of Irish theatre begin with the Abbey theatre, Chris Morash's comprehensive study goes back three centuries earlier to Ireland's first theatre. Written in an accessible style, yet drawing extensively on unpublished sources, it traces an often forgotten history leading up to the Irish Literary Revival, and then follows that history to the present. The main chapters are each followed by shorter chapters, focusing on a single night at the theatre. Morash creates a remarkably clear picture of the cultural contexts which produced the playwrights who have been responsible for making Irish theatre's world-wide historical and contemporary reputation. Morash also deals with aspects of Irish theatre often ignored, including audiences, performance styles, architecture, management and other aspects of Irish theatrical culture. This book is an essential, entertaining and highly original guide to the history and performance of Irish theatre.

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Christopher Morash is Senior Lecturer in English at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has published extensively on Irish theatre and Irish cultural studies. He is the author of Writing the Irish Famine (1995), and Consultant-Editor for the theatre section of the Encyclopaedia of Ireland.


Acknowledgements; List of illustrations; Introduction; 1. Playing court: 1601-1692; A night at the theatre 1: Pompey, Smock Alley, February 10, 1663; 2. Stage rights, 1691-1782; A night at the theatre 2: Mahomet, Smock Alley, March 2, 1754; 3: 'Our National Theatre': 1782-1871; A night at the theatre 3: She Stoops to Conquer and Tom Thumb, Theatre Royal, Hawkins Street, December 14, 1822; 4: 'That Capricious Spirit': 1871-1904; A night at the theatre 4: The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea, Abbey Theatre, January 29, 1907; 5: 'Not understanding the clock': 1904-1921; A night at the theatre 5: The Plough and the Stars, Abbey Theatre, February 11, 1926; 6: Aftermath: 1922-1951; A night at the theatre 6: Waiting for Godot, Pike Theatre, October 28, 1955; 7: Phoenix flames: 1951-1972; A night at the theatre 7: Translations, Guildhall, Derry, September 23, 1980; A night at the theatre 8: Babel: 1972-2000; A millennial flourish: conclusions; Chronology.

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/03/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780521646826
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780521646826
  • weight: 510
  • ISBN10: 0521646820

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