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From Stage to Page

Critical Reception of Irish Plays in the London Theatre, 1925–1996

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Peter James Harris

In December 1921 the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed, which led to the creation of the Irish Free State and the partition of Ireland the following year. The consequences of that attempt to reconcile the conflicting demands of republicans and unionists alike have dictated the course of Anglo-Irish relations ever since. This book explores how the reception of Irish plays staged in theatres in London’s West End serves as a barometer not only of the state of relations between Great Britain and Ireland, but also of the health of the British and Irish theatres respectively.
For each of the eight decades following Irish Independence a representative production is set in the context of Anglo-Irish relations in the period and developments in the theatre of the day. The first-night criticism of each production is analysed in the light of its political and artistic context as well as the editorial policy of the publication for which a given critic is writing.
The author argues that the relationship between context and criticism is not simply one of cause and effect but, rather, the result of the interplay of a number of cultural, historical, political, artistic and personal factors.

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Index 7:84 Theatre Company, 197 Abbey Players, 3 Abbey Theatre, 3, 5, 22, 27, 39, 41, 42, 44, 53, 55, 56, 70, 72, 81–2, 115, 117, 130, 144, 199, 218, 225, 231, 255, 257 Abercorn restaurant, 187 Act of Union, 201 Adams, Gerry, 126, 178–9 Admirals All, 81, 86 Aeschylus, 234 Aesthetic Movement, 261 Afghanistan, 265 Agate, James, 26n, 39–40, 71–2, 80, 102–4, 156n agitprop, 184–5n, 189, 196, 217 Ahern, Bertie, 254 Albee, Edward, 240n Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 240n, 254n Albery Theatre, 106n, 235 Albery, Bronson, 94n, 106 Albery, Una Gwynn, 94n, 99 Aldermaston ‘Ban-the-Bomb’ march, 131n Aldershot, 187, 197 Aldwych, 244 Aldwych Theatre, 225 Ali, Tariq, 175 Allgood, Sara, 28–9, 40, 47 Almeida Theatre, 240 al-Qaeda, 265 Alvin Theatre, 199 Ambassadors Theatre, 4, 55, 135, 226 America, 3, 5, 24, 49, 58, 69, 145, 147, 150, 153–4, 158, 160, 162, 207, 226, 245, 249 Amory, Mark, 204 An Damer, 121 Andersen, Hans Christian, 42 ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, 42 Andrews, Eamonn, 130 Anglo-Irish Agreement, 7 Anglo-Irish ascendancy, 56 Anglo-Irish relations, xi, 7, 14–15, 18, 20, 66, 77, 82, 89, 91, 105, 124–5, 128, 151, 155, 172, 199, 208, 217–18, 264 Anglo-Irish Treaty, 6, 67, 116, 264 Angry Young Men, 132, 138 Anna Karenina (film), 108 Arborfield, 126n Archdale, Helen, 40 Ard Fheis, 211n Arden, John, 137, 197 Ballygombeen Bequest, 196, 197 Ark Children’s Cultural Centre, 230 Armistice Day, 57 Army Comrades Association (ACA), 65 Artaud,...

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