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Review of Abbey Theatre

Abbey Theatre
Ranked #44 of 498 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: The Abbey Theatre's founders W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory had the vision to 'bring upon the stage the deeper thoughts and emotions of Ireland'. Our ambitious artistic programme of classic Irish drama and new Irish writing holds a mirror up to Irish society. Over the years, the Abbey has nurtured and premiered the work of major Irish playwrights such as Marina Carr, Frank McGuinness, Tom Murphy and a new generation of writers such as Richard Dormer, Stacey Gregg, Nancy Harris and Elaine Murphy. We also nurture a new generation of Irish artists through our artistic development programmes and commitment to discovering new acting, writing and directing talent.
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“Theatre land at its best.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

Brillant theatre with brillant shows The plough and the stars was excellent and enjoyable. The actors were very professional would recommend this theatre to anyone.

Visited September 2012
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“Essential: "The Plough and the Stars"!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

Crowned the day with the now classic Irish play “The Plough and the Stars”, written by Sean O’Casey. It was first presented in 1926 at the no less classic Abbey Theatre (established by the poet W.B. Yeats). This is the 56th time the company, we learn, is staging this play! The last run in this city was in 2010 (we are told that 70% of those attending then were at their first visit to the Abbey Theatre!), before it went to London, and returned back in Dublin this year (it’s going on a tour of Ireland and the U.K. in the autumn). It is set during “The Easter Rising” in 1916, the futile attempt by a bunch of ill-prepared nationalist ideologues to free Ireland from the British on that Easter weekend. The play is taking place amongst lower class people, totally apolitical, but that is put to contribution in supplying themselves as fighters. Women are portrait as the people’s conscience, survival and love, against politics (the Irish Revolution, but WWI too)! It was seen as anti-national at the time of its first production, and led to a very noisy demonstration on one night (can we really call it “riots”, as it is referred to sometimes?) by vexed nationalists! No wonder, because it is anti-Rising (there was no need for pretext such as the so-called “tricolor flag in a tavern blasphemy” for “rioting”!) And yet, O’Casey was no supporter of the link with the British himself – au contraire! (Although he left Ireland after the play; forever! And he went to England!)

We were very fortunate to catch the play. As I said earlier, history is never far from the surface in Ireland! It is interesting to note that the Rising, that is the set for the play, has actually taken place only a few blocks away from where it is currently staged (the Grand Post Office (the “GPO”): the risers’ operational HQ, and the Imperial Hotel are only 2 streets away!)

Visited August 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

It is a very good theatre to see a play and the Seating is very good and comfortable and the staff are very pleasent

Visited May 2012
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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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“Abbey Theatre at the O'Reilly, Belvedere College”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

The Abbey Theatre's home is currently under renovation, so they are performing at the O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College. We saw a great performance of Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars." With only one minor exception, the acting was superb and the production cleverly staged.

Visited August 2012
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“great theatre - has a really intimate feel and a wonderful sense of drama in the air.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

well laid out, intimate venue right in the city centre. nice people, great show, nothing not to like.

Visited September 2011
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