Dublin / Baile Átha Cliath: Abbey Theatre (old)

Country: Ireland
City: Dublin / Baile Átha Cliath
Location: 26 Lower Abbey Street

Built as "Mechanics' Theatre". 1904 rebuilding, adding a neighbour building in Marlborough Street. Opened 27 December 1904 as "Abbey Theatre". Used by the resident drama company. Destroyed by fire on 17 July 1951.

Subsequently, the Abbey Theatre company relocated to the Queen's Theatre until 1966. 1961 the remains of the old theatre were demolished. 1963-1966, a new Abbey Theatre was built on the site.

Notable world premieres:

  • John M. Synge: The Well of the Saints (4 Feb 1905)
  • John M. Synge: The Playboy of the Western World (26 Jan 1907)
  • William Butler Yeats: The Unicorn from the Stars (21 Nov 1907)
  • George Bernard Shaw: The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (25 Aug 1909)
  • William Butler Yeats: The Cat and the Moon (9 May 1926)
  • William Butler Yeats: The Death of Cuchulain (1949)

Links: Wikipedia

[Dublin / Baile Átha Cliath: Abby Theatre] First Day Cover (Ireland/Éire, 27 Feb 2004)
Front Picture: very left: Abbey Theatre logo, center: new Abbey Theatre, right: old Abbey Theatre
Stamp picture: Abbey Theatre logo
Size: 19 x 12.5 cm
Detail:
[Dublin / Baile Átha Cliath: Abby Theatre (old)]


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