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Collection Overview

Title: Abbey Theatre collection, 1904-1994Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1904-1970

ID: 1/4/MSS 053

Primary Creator: Abbey Theatre

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Organized by subject: Abbey Theatre programs, Abbey Theatre photographs, New Abbey Theatre press releases and clippings, Sara Allgood, Miscellaneous Abbey documents, and Programs and playbills of other theatres.

Subjects: Irish drama. - 20th century, Theater - Ireland - 20th century

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Abbey Theatre collection covers a period of approximately 65 years.  The material includes theatre programs, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, miscellaneous correspondence, architectural briefs and designs, cheques and receipts, and some material about Sara Allgood, a leading actress of the Irish theatre.

The bulk of the collection consists of selected Abbey Theatre programs, 1904-1970, arranged chronologically, all in good condition and in their original covers.  Also included are the program of the opening night of the Abbey, 27 December 1904, and the program announcing the first productions of some of the controversial plays (such as Playboy of the Western World, January 1907).  In addition to the Abbey Theatre programs, there are samples of programs from the Abbey Experimental Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Dublin Gate Theatre, Royalty and Royal Court Theatre, and Q Theatre.

The photographs include some scenes from Abbey plays, as well as two photographs of the old Abbey Theatre after the fire and six photographs of the new Abbey Theatre.  The newspaper clippings and magazine articles provide information about the Abbey after the fire.  The folder which holds material about Sara Allgood has a photocopy of her photograph; the first three pages of The Image, a play by Lady Gregory, which apparently belonged to Allgood; a note, dated 25 July 1911, in her own handwriting; and a postcard from the Abbey's 1911 tour of the United States.

Biographical Note

The Abbey Theatre (1904- ) is the Irish theatrical company devoted primarily to indigenous drama (presenting the Irish character with an Irish audience in mind). W. B. Yeats was a leader in founding (1902) the Irish National Theatre Society with Lady Gregory, J. M. Synge, Edward Martyn and A. E. (George Russell) contributing their talents as directors and dramatists. In 1904, Annie Horniman gave them a subsidy and the free use of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. The theater was bought for them by public subscription in 1910. Among the many dramatists whose works the Abbey Theatre first presented are Padraic Colum, Lennox Robinson, Sean O'Casey, and Paul Vincent Carroll. The Abbey began touring America in 1911 and was not well received. However, they were appreciated by the next generation when they returned to New York and Boston in the 1930s. In 1951, a fire destroyed the theatre and the company spent fifteen years at the Queen's Theatre until the new building opened in 1966.

In close association with Irish dramatists, the Abbey also has been an important instrument in the revival of Irish drama that began in the 1960s. From 1977 to 1983, the Abbey's small experimental theatre, the Peacock, saw the rise of a new school of playwrights, including J. Graham Reid, Bernard Farrell, Tom MacIntyre, Frank McGuinness, Neil Donnelly, Michael Harding, Dermot Bolger, and Sebastian Barry. Some of the work of Farrell and McGuinness was also successful on the larger Abbey stage. Nevertheless, the work of an earlier generation of playwrights--particularly Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, and Hugh Leonard--has been the mainstay of the Abbey repertoire since the 1970s.

Subject/Index Terms

Irish drama. - 20th century
Theater - Ireland - 20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Separated Materials: Special Collections of Morris Library holds additional material pertaining to the Abbey Theatre, including the following:  a scrapbook of the Abbey Theatre, July 18, 1951-March 10, 1954, compiled by Geoff and Maine Golden (Misc. Vol. 120); letters [1917]-1931, from Lady Gregory to James B. Pond and a portion of a letter to John Quinn (VFM 501); letters (1926-28) from Lady Gregory to T.C. Murray (VFM 499); papers (1934-35) of Brian O'Nolan (Coll. 51); letters (1919) from Lennox Robinson to T. C. Murray (VFM 452); miscellaneous material related to Lennox Robinson's stay as a visiting professor at Bowling Green University (VFM 1065); a notebook by Lennox Robinson concerning the 1798 uprising in Ireland (VFM 1490); the Lennox Robinson Collection, which includes correspondence with Yeats and Lady Gregory (Coll. 91); a holograph manuscript of James Stephens' only published play Julia Elizabeth (case MSS 41); a letter from W. B. Yeats (Feb. 1, 1935) to Dr. Lartton Hayes discussing his plans to start the reorganization of the Abbey Theatre (VFM 305); another letter (Nov. 13 [n.y.]) from Yeats to an unidentified woman, saying he has put his play, as far as amateur rights are concerned, in the hands of a Mr. French, an agent (VFM 126); and inventories of two other collections dealing with the Irish Literary Renaissance:  The O'Riordan correspondence (Coll. 54) and the Katharine Tynan Hinkson papers (Coll. 55).

Related Materials: Abbey Theatre Collection, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA and Abbey Theatre Collection,  John J. Burns Library, Archives and Manuscripts, Boston College, Boston, MA.

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], Abbey Theatre collection, Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated finding aid 2018.


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Folder 1: Inventory of CollectionAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Programs, 1904-1907Add to your cart.

Abbey Theatre Program D 12 pp   27 December 1904

first Abbey productions:

On Baile's Strand, Spreading the News

Abbey Theatre Program D  8 pp 9 June 1905

first production:  The Land

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp 20 January 1906

first production:  The Eloquent Dempsey

Abbey Theatre Program D 10 pp 16 April 1906

first production:  The Doctor in Spite of Himself

Abbey Theatre Announcement  D 1 p October 1906

Special Engagements

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp 12 January 1907

Folder 3: Programs, 1908-1913Add to your cart.

Abbey Theatre Program D 12 pp 5 September 1908

Abbey Theatre Program D 12 pp 7 September 1908

Abbey Theatre Program D 12 pp 8 October 1908 first production:  The Suburban Groove

Abbey Theatre Program D 2 pp  8 September 1910

Abbey Theatre Program D 2 pp  8 September 1910

Leinster Stage Society Programme. Abbey Theatre, December 26, 1911.  For performances of 'Good People'--A Comedy in one act by M. B. Pearse. 'The Skull'--a farse in one act by Morgan o Friel. 'The Racin' Lug'--a tragedy in one act by James H. Cousins. 'For a Lady's Sake'--a play (unfinished) by Sheamus O'Heran.

Abbey Theatre Program D 2 pp  28 August 1912

Abbey Theatre Program D 2 pp  25 September 1913

Folder 4: Programs, 1914-1916Add to your cart.

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  27 October 1914

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  26 December 1914

first production:  The Critic

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  27 January 1915

first production:  By Word of Mouth

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  24 March 1915

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  30 November 1915 

first production:  John Ferguson

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  [October] 1916

first production:  John Bull's Other Island autographed "RJB 7/10/16" on front cover

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  9 October 1916

first production:  Widower's Houses

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  16 October 1916

first production:  Arms and the Man

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  25 October 1916

first production:  Nic

Folder 5: Programs, 1918-1919Add to your cart.

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  8 January 1918

first production:  Spring  date handwritten on p5

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  19 February 1918

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  12 March 1918

first production:  Aliens  half of p5 cut out

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  23 September 1918

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  26 November 1918

Abbey Theatre Announcement  D 1 p  found in program above

lecture

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  4 January 1919

Abbey Theatre Announcement  D 1 p  found in program above

lecture

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  7 January 1919

autographed "T.C. Murray, esq./13 Rd., Kilmainham" on front cover

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  11 March 1919

first production:  The Rebellion in Ballycullen

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  21 April 1919

first production:  The Dragon, autographed "Abbey Theatre" on front cover

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  16 September 1919

Folder 6: Programs, 1920-1922Add to your cart.

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  13 January 1920

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  28 September 1920

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  5 October 1920

first production:  The Serf

Irish Music League Announcement D 1 p found in program above

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  12 October 1920

first production:  The Island of Saints and How to Get Out of It

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  9 November 1920

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  16 November 1920

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  6 January 1921

first production:  Bedmates

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  22 November 1921

Special Program D 4 pp  19 December 1921

The Cradle Song

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  10 January 1922

first production:  Aftermath

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  31 January 1922

first production:  The Round Table

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  14 February 1922

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  7 August 1922

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  17 October 1922

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  31 October 1922

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  7 November 1922

Folder 7: Programs, 1920-1924Add to your cart.

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  n.d. [1920-22]

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  n.d. [1920-22]

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  2 January 1923

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  23 January 1923

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp 12 April 1923 first production:  Shadow of a Gunman

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp 21 January 1924

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  25 February 1924

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp 8 August 1924 Special Performance for Aonach Taiteann

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  11 August 1924

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  1 September 1924

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  8 September 1924 first production:  Autumn Fire

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  11 November 1924

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  9 December 1924 first production:  The Passing

Abbey Theatre Program D 8 pp  22 December 1924 first production:  Old Mag

Folder 8: Programs, 1925Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 January 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 February 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 February 10Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 February 24Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Old Man
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 March 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 March 10Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 March 17Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Anti-Christ
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 March 24Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 March 31Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Portrait
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 August 5Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 11: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 October 12Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The White Blackbird
Item 12: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 November 16Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 13: Abbey Theatre Program, 19225 November 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 14: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 December 29Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 15: Abbey Theatre Program, 1925 December 27Add to your cart.
D 16 pp - "21st Birthday Anniversary Performance"
Folder 9: Programs, 1926Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 January 4Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Would-Be Gentleman
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 January 18Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 January 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 February 2Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 February 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Plough and the Stars
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 February 16Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Doctor Knock
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 February 22Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 March 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 March 22Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 May 17Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 11: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 July 19Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 12: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 July 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 13: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 August 9Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 14: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 September 6Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Big House
Item 15: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 September 13Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 16: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 October 5Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - autographed "1  2  3  4  5" on front cover
Item 17: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 October 11Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 18: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 November 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Importance of Being Earnest
Item 19: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 November 15Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 20: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 November 22Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 21: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 November 30Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 22: Abbey Theatre Program, 1926 December 7Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Oedipus the King
Folder 10: Programs, 1927Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 January 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 January 11Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 January 18Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - "Kieran Barrett 19/1/'27" typed on front cover
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 January 31Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 February 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 February 28Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - incorrect date on program
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 March 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 March 14Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Sancho's Master
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 March 22Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 March 28Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 11: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 April 5Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Parted
Item 12: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 April 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 13: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 May 2Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 14: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 May 9Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Dave
Item 15: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 May 16Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Black Oliver
Item 16: Richard's and Shield's Co. Program, 1927 May 23Add to your cart.
D 4 pp - first production:  The Constant Nymph (not an Abbey production)
Item 17: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 July 4Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 18: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 July 18Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Round Table (rev.)
Item 19: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 July 25Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 20: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 August 4Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 21: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 August 22Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Drapier Letters
Item 22: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 September 5Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 23: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 September 12Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Oedipus at Colonus
Item 24: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 September 19Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 25: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 September 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 26: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 October 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Pipe in the Fields
Item 27: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 October 17Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 28: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 November 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 29: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 November 14Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 30: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 November 21Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 31: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 November 29Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Cartney and Kevney
Item 32: Abbey Theatre Program, 1927 November-December, undatedAdd to your cart.
D 8 pp - Program for Anew McMaster's Co.:  Hamlet
Folder 11: Programs, 1928Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 January 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 January 16Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 January 30Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - including first production Abbey Theatre Ballet
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 February 7Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 February 20Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 February 27Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 March 6Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Master
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 March 12Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 April 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  John Gabriel Borkman
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 April 16Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - including performances of Abbey Theatre Ballet
Item 11: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 April 23Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 12: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 April 30Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Blind Wolf
Item 13: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 July 16Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Before Midnight
Item 14: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 August 20Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 15: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 August 27Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Full Measure
Item 16: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 September 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 17: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 September 10Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - including Sara Allgood recital of songs and poems
Item 18: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 September 24Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - including Abbey School of Ballet interludes and The Fawn
Item 19: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 October 22Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Far-Off Hills
Item 20: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 November 9Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 21: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 November 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 22: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 December 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 23: Abbey Theatre Program, 1928 December 31Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Folder 12: Programs, 1929Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 January 7Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 January 28Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 February 18Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 March 12Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 March 18Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 April 22Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - including Abbey School of Ballet
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 April 29Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 July 2Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 August 13Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - including Abbey School of Ballet performance Fighting the Waves, a ballet-play
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 September 10Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Women
Item 11: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 October 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Ever the Twain
Item 12: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 October 29Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Gods of the Mountain
Item 13: Abbey Theatre Program, 1929 December 31Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Dark Isle
Folder 13: Programs, 1930-1931Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre School of Ballet, 1930 January 13Add to your cart.
D 4 pp Program
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1930 January 14Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1930 January 28Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Peter
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1930 April 19Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The New Gossoon
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1930 May 11Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1930 September 15Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Let the Credit Go
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1930 December 2Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1931 January 6Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Critic
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1931 April 27Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Moon in the Yellow River
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1931 June 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Admirable Bashville, or Constancy Unrewarded
Item 11: Abbey Theatre Program, 1931 June 22Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 12: Abbey Theatre Program, 1931 June 29Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 13: Abbey Theatre Program, 1931 September 15Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 14: Abbey Theatre School of Ballet, 1931 or 32 December 6Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - program:  The Dreaming of the Bones
Folder 14: Programs, 1932-1933Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1932 June 27Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Michaelmas Eve
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1932 July 25Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  All's Over, Then?
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1932 August 29Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1932 September 6Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1932 September 12Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Temporal Powers
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1932 September 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1933 April 15Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1933 July 10Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1933 July 17Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Margaret Gillan
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1933 December 26Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  You Never Can Tell
Folder 15: Programs, 1934-1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1934 April 16Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Days Without End
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1934 June 18Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Bridgehead
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1934 July 30Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first productions:  The Resurrection; The King of the Great Clock Tower
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1935 May 13Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1935 August 8Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1935 August 12Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Silver Tassie (not indicated on program)
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1935 September 30Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first productions:  Village Wooing; Candida
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1935 October 14Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1935 October 28Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1935 November 4Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Noah
Item 11: Abbey Theatre Program, 1935 December 9Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Summer's Day
Item 12: Special Performance Announcement, 1935 December 29Add to your cart.
D 1 p - [inside program above]
Item 13: Abbey Theatre Program, 1936 February 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Grand House in the City
Item 14: Abbey Theatre Program, 1936 May 11Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 15: Abbey Theatre Program, 1936 June 1Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Hassan
Item 16: Abbey Theatre Program, 1936 August 31Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 17: Abbey Theatre Program, 1936 November 2Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Folder 16: Programs, January-October 1937Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1937 January 4Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1937 January 18Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1937 March 29Add to your cart.
D 8 pp- first production:  Quin's Secret
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1937 May 17Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Who Will Remember...?
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1937 October 18Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Folder 17: Programs, 1938-1955Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 July 25Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 August 6Add to your cart.
D 44 pp - Dramatic Festival of Plays and Lectures
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 August 7Add to your cart.
D 4 pp - Dublin Theatre Festival
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 August 8Add to your cart.
D 4 pp - Festival of Irish Drama
Item 5: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 August 9Add to your cart.
D 4 pp - Festival of Irish Drama
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 August 10Add to your cart.
D 4 pp - Festival of Irish Drama - first production:  Purgatory; comments in pencil
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 August 12Add to your cart.
D 4 pp - Festival of Irish Drama
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 September 5Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 9: Abbey Theatre Program, 1938 September 12Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  Bird's Nest
Item 10: Abbey Theatre Program, 1939 March 27Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 11: Abbey Theatre Program, 1939 April 3Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 12: Abbey Theatre Program, 1939Add to your cart.
D 4 pp
Item 13: Abbey Theatre Program, 1939Add to your cart.
D 4 pp
Item 14: Abbey Theatre Program, 1939Add to your cart.
D 4 pp
Item 15: Abbey Theatre Program, 1940 October 1Add to your cart.
D 12 pp - 50th performance:  The Rugged Path, with penciled-in notes
Item 16: To Miss Ellis-Formor, 1945 June 7Add to your cart.
TLS 1 p and verso - from George Shields, in above program
Item 17: Abbey Theatre Program, 1944 July 31Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - "Abbey Theatre" written in Irish on front cover
Item 18: Abbey Theatre Program, 1946 January 14Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - all in Irish except back cover ads; includes poetry
Item 19: English language synopsis of playAdd to your cart.
D 1 pp - inside above program
Item 20: Abbey Theatre Program, 1947 January 13Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - front cover in Irish
Item 21: Abbey Theatre Program, 1947 April 5Add to your cart.
D 8 pp
Item 22: Abbey Theatre Program, 1952 January 14Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - all but inside covers in Irish, includes poetry
Item 23: Abbey Theatre Program, 1955 September 5Add to your cart.
D 8 pp - first production:  The Will and the Way; produced in Queen's Theatre "Abbey Theatre" in Irish on front cover
Folder 18: Programs, 1964-1970Add to your cart.
Item 1: Abbey Theatre Program, 1964 February 11Add to your cart.
D 12 pp - "Abbey Theatre" in Irish on front cover
Item 2: Abbey Theatre Program, 1966 February 2Add to your cart.
D 12 pp - first production:  The Conspiracy
Item 3: Abbey Theatre Program, 1966 November 14Add to your cart.
[First of the glossy-style Abbey Theatre Programs] - D 12 pp - includes historical info. about play and playwright
Item 4: Abbey Theatre Program, 1967 August 24Add to your cart.
D 12 pp
Item 5: Actor informationAdd to your cart.
D 1 pp - in program above
Item 6: Abbey Theatre Program, 1967 September 5Add to your cart.
D 16 pp - new production:  The Invincible
Item 7: Abbey Theatre Program, 1967 September-OctoberAdd to your cart.
D 1 p and verso - 2 month schedule of plays; part in English, part in Irish
Item 8: Abbey Theatre Program, 1970 October 20Add to your cart.
D 26 pp - includes chronicle of the Abbey Theatre
Item 9: Abbey Theatre ticket stubs, 1970 November 3Add to your cart.
D 12 pp - 2 pieces, inside above program
Folder 19: Programs, 1990 and 1994Add to your cart.

World Premier, Dublin Theatre Festival, Misogynist by Michael Harding, October 10, 1990

The Well of The Saints, by J. M. Synge 27 December 1994

Folder 20: Photographs, 1963-1966Add to your cart.

Old Abbey Theatre exterior, after the fire - 1 photo - 1963

Old Abbey Theatre stage and orchestra pit, after the fire  1 photo - 1951

Old Abbey Theatre stage and orchestra pit, after the fire  1 photo - 1951

New Abbey Theatre  - 1 photo - [1966]

[model of new Abbey Theatre]   - 1 photo - n.d.

New Abbey Theatre stage - 1 photo - [1966]

New Abbey Theatre stage - 1 photo - [1966]

New Abbey Theatre stage - 1 photo - [1966]

New Abbey Theatre stage - 1 photo - [1966]

Long Day's Journey into Night  - 1 photo  n.d. [5 June 1967]

   - scene, shows P. O'Flynn, A. Newman, V. Dowling, P. Laffan

Long Day's Journey into Night  - 1 photo  n.d. [5 June 1967]

   - scene, shows A. Newman

Borstal Boy scene - 1 photo  [10 October 1967]

Tarry Flynn scene - 1 photo  [22 November 1966]

Folder 21: Photographs-Briefs from ArchitectsAdd to your cart.

"New Abbey Theatre, Dublin Cross Section" - 1 item

"Explanation Sheet" for above blueprint - 1 item

"New Abbey Theatre, Dublin" - 1 item

"Longitudinal Section" - 1 item

"Explanation Sheet" for above blueprint - 1 item

"New Abbey Theatre, Dublin" - 1 item

"Lower Basement Abbey Stage and Proscenium Stage Arrangement of Peacock Theatre" - 1 item

"Explanation Sheet" for above blueprint - 1 item

"New Abbey Theatre, Dublin" - 1 item

"Upper Basement Abbey Stage and Central Play Area Arrangement of Peacock

Theatre" - 1 item

"Explanation Sheet" for above blueprint - 1 item

"New Abbey Theatre Ground Floor Plan" - 1 item

"Explanation Sheet" for above blueprint - 1 item

"New Abbey Theatre First Floor Plan" - 1 item

"Explanation Sheet" for above blueprint - 1 item

"New Abbey Theatre Second Floor Plan" - 1 item

"Explanation Sheet" for above blueprint - 1 item

"New Abbey Theatre Third Floor Plan" - 1 item

"Explanation Sheet" for above blueprint - 1 item

Folder 22: Photographs, 1966 July, 1966 JulyAdd to your cart.

"New Abbey Theatre, Dublin"

"Client's Brief"; prepared by Michael Scott and Partners, Architects; gives design specs for new Abbey Theatre and new Peacock Theatre Xerox - D 15 pp - July 1966

Folder 23: Newspaper Clippings, 1964-1966Add to your cart.

Bulletin of the Dept. of External Affairs, Ireland; commentary on opening of new Abbey Theatre - D 8 pp - 29 July 1966

"O'Casey Play Opens at the Abbey Theatre" and "The Plough and the Stars Returns to the Abbey" from The Irish Times    - D 1 p - 12 February 1964

"Conor Mann's Panorama:  Abbey Theatre has not been re-born" from The National and Leinster Times - D 1 p - 29 July 1966

"Eric Gorman in The Plough and the Stars" from The Irish Times, Dublin City ed. -

1 photo - 12 February 1964

"Dublin Theatre Opened on Site of Predecessor" from St. Louis Post-Dispatch - D 1 p - 11 September 1966

Radio Telefis Eireann Guide, Special Abbey Theatre issue - D 24 pp - 15 July 1966

Folder 24: Magazine Articles, 1904-1966Add to your cart.

Abbey Theatre:  1904-1966, book - D 36 pp - 1966

Irish Tatler and Sketch magazine, special photo section: "Opening Night of the New Abbey Theater by G.A. Duncan - D 44 pp - August 1966

Article:  "The Abbey Renaissance" by Bernard Share

Recall the Years:  A Dramatic Presentation of the History of the Abbey Theatre--of its Plays, Playwrights, Poets and Performers, Riots and Reactions, from its Inception to its Burning, souvenir program - D 16 pp - 18 July 1966

Folder 25: Photos and Design Plans for Abbey Theatre, 1967 JuneAdd to your cart.
Arts and Architecture - D 8 pp - June 1967 photocopies of photos of New Abbey Theatre for feature article
Folder 26: Sara Allgood, 1911 July-NovemberAdd to your cart.

Book cover with imprint on front - D 1 p & verso

The Image:  A Play in Three Acts title page, dedication page, first 2 pgs. of text -   autographed:  "Sara Allgood, Abbey Theatre, Dublin 9/2/1911" - DS  6 pp - 1910 (pub.) to Mollie from Sara Allgood - ALS 4 pp - 25 July 1911

Sara Allgood autographed "There's a little devil in me somewhere and every now and then he pops out"   --Peg, 'Peg o' my Heart' note at bottom of photo:  "Allgood, Sara, 1883-" - 1 photo to Mrs. George Roberts from Sara Allgood card depicts:  "Court House, Springfield, Massachusetts" - D 1 p -   11 November 1911

Folder 27: Miscellaneous Abbey PhotographsAdd to your cart.

Unidentified photo of man

Unidentified photo of woman

Folder 28: Miscellaneous Abbey Correspondence, 1905-1908Add to your cart.
to Mrs. P.I. M'Call from Joseph Holloway card depicts:  "Muckross House, Killarney" hand-drawn cartoon of side view of man's head with hat; text:  "Seasonable Greetings to all from Joseph Holloway X-Mass 1908" - D 1 p - 23     December 1908 to Mr. Roberts from George Bryers - ALS 1 p -  25 January 1905
Folder 29: Miscellaneous Abbey Checks and Receipts, 1904-1912Add to your cart.

Misses Wall, Dressmakers bill - D 1 p - 4, December 1904

"Return of Gross Receipts" - D 1 p -  25 January 1907

Abbey Lecture

Check from The Munster and - Leinster Bank, Ltd., to Mary Roberts, signed by George Roberts - D 1 p - 20 October 1921

Check from The Hibernian Bank, Ltd., to J. E. McDonnell, signed by The Irish National Theatre Society: Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh, George Roberts, and one other person endorsed by John E. McDonnell and Daniel Sweeny - D 1 p

Receipt from Ancient Concert Rms. - D 1 p -26 January 1907

Price schedule for rental of Abbey Theatre - D 4 pp - May 1912

Check from The Hibernian Bank, Ltd., to Mr. B. McGlade signed by Fred. Ryan, F. J. Fay, George Roberts, endorsed by B. McGlade and one other person - D 1 p -20 February 1905

Check from The Munster and - Leinster Bank, Ltd., to Thomas Cook and Sons, signed by George Roberts - D 1 p

Receipt from P. Nic Shiubhlaigh - D 1 p -21 January 1904

Receipt from John Edgeworth for delivery of scenery  D 1 p - 1 November 1904

Check from The Hibernian Bank, Ltd., to Hely's, Ltd. signed Frank Fay, Willie Fay, and George Roberts endorsed by T. G. Keogh  D 1 p -18 March 1905

Check from The Hibernian Bank, Ltd., to Cramer Wood Co., signed by Fred. Ryan, George Roberts, and one other person - D 1 p - 24 April 1905

Receipt from Sealy, Bryers, and Walker - D 1 p -24 November 1905

Check from The Hibernian Bank, Ltd., to The Freeman's Journal signed by Fred. Ryan, Willie Fay, and George Roberts - D 1 p - 20 April 1905

Check from The Hibernian Bank, Ltd., to The Irish Times signed by Frank Fay, Willie Fay, and George Roberts - D 1 p - 25 March 1905

Receipt from Antient Concert Rms. - D 1 p -10 January 1907

Receipt from P. Nic Shiubhlaigh - D 1 p -22 February 1904

Receipt from P. Nic Shiubhlaigh - D 1 p -1 February 1904

Irish National Theatre Society statistics, notes and sums tally of costs per day on verso - AD 1 p & verso - [1905]

Folder 30: Miscellaneous Abbey Ephemera, 1902-1907Add to your cart.

Abbey Theatre Ticket Envelope with 4 ticket stubs - n.d.

Blank sheet of early Abbey Theatre letterhead - D 1 p

Sign:  "IN A'IRITHE" - D 1 p

Coupon for Stalls seat - D 1 p - n.d.

Stall vouchers coupon book "1905-06 Season" handwritten on p1 text both printed and handwritten - D 12 pp - 1905

A Pot of Broth typed play script - D 1 p -      30 October 1902

Maunsel and Co. Publishers letterhead, list of names on verso, with checks beside names - D 1 p& verso - n.d.

"The Peasant and the Cardinal" - AN 1 p - 1907

   - announcement of lecture

George Roberts letterhead - D 1 p

Ink drawing of Ballydonal House - D 1 p - n.d.

Folder 31: Miscellaneous Abbey Documents, 1904-1966Add to your cart.
Abbey Theatre 1904-1966 autographed inside front cover: "To Dr. Ralph E. McCoy with every good wish from Gabriel Fallon X-mas 1966" - D 36 pp - 1966
Folder 32: Miscellaneous Abbey Programs, 1937, 1973Add to your cart.

Abbey Experimental Theatre program, first production:  The Phoenix; Alarm Among the Clerks, handwritten notes about the performance of the latter play - D 8 pp - 5 April 1937

"Prologue to the Busman's Honeymoon" - AN 1 p - inside above

Abbey Theatre 75th Anniversary Season, 1898-1973

Folder 33: Miscellaneous Abbey documents 1995Add to your cart.
The National Theatre Society limited, Abbey Theatre, A Statement of Needs of the National Theatre Society, 1995
Folder 34: Programs and Miscellaneous Documents of Other Theatres, undatedAdd to your cart.

Apollo Theatre (London) - D 24 pp - October 11, 1929

Playbill:  The Silver Tassie

Folder 35: Playbills and Programs from Dublin Gate Theatre, 1929-1949Add to your cart.

Dublin Gate Theatre - D 4 pp - n.d. [1929]

   - Studio Program

   - RUR by Karel Capek

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 12 pp - February 1930

Faust

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 12 pp - March 1930

   - Berkeley Square

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 16 pp - May 1930

   - Ten Nights in a Bar Room or Ruined By Drink!!!!!!!

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 12 pp  May-June 1930

   - The Witch

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - November 1930

   - Dorothy Tyrconnel Forrest Dance School

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - December [1930]

   - The Merchant of Venice

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp -  n.d. [1930-1931]

   - The Beaux' Strategem

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - October [1932]

   - Peer Gynt

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - October [1932]

   - Romeo and Juliet

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - December 1932

   - Youth's the Season

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - December 1932

   - Cyrano De Bergerac

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - 26 December 1932

   - Mr. Jiggins of Jigginstown

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - May [1933]

   - first production:  A Bride for the Unicorn

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - May [1933]

   - Carmilla

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - September 1933

   - Yahoo

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - Oct.-Nov. 1934

   - Julius Caesar

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp -  March-April 1935

   - Othello

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - Oct.-Nov. 1935

   - Taming of the Shrew

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp -  March-April 1936

   - first production:  Ah, Wilderness!

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - September 1936

   - Close Quarters

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - October 1936

   - Victoria Regina

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - December 1936

   - Brand

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - January 1937

   - first production:  Pride and Prejudice

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp - February 1937

   - The Duchess of Malfi

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 4 pp -  August 1937

   - The Infernal Machine

Dublin Gate Theatre Program - D 20 pp - 1949

  - Souvenir Program: Longford Productions

Folder 36: Motley, Periodical of the Gate Theatre, 1932-1933Add to your cart.

Motley, the Periodical of the Gate Theatre - D 20 pp - March [1932]

Motley, the Periodical of the Gate Theatre - D 20 pp - October 1932

Motley, the Periodical of the Gate Theatre - D 20 pp - February 1933

Motley, the Periodical of the Gate Theatre - D 20 pp - October 1933

Folder 37: Programs of Royal Court and Royalty Theatres, 1921-1926Add to your cart.

Royal Court Theatre Program - D 8 pp - 5 August 1921

   - Irish Players production:  Playboy of the Western World

Royalty Theatre Program - D 8 pp - October 12 1925

   - Playboy of the Western World

Royalty Theatre Program - D 8 pp - 18 January 1926

   - Juno and the Paycock

Royal Court Theatre - D 14 pp - 6 June 1927 - first London production:  The Shadow of a Gunman

Folder 38: Program of "Q" Theatre, 1950 May 16Add to your cart.

Q Theatre (London) Program - D 1 p (trifold) - 16 May 1950

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