Counting down 110 moments of Abbey Theatre history

Counting down 110 moments of Abbey Theatre history

28 July 2014

To celebrate our 110th anniversary year in 2014, we have launched a digital micro-site to capture 110 moments of great theatre.

This interactive site documents interesting moments in the Abbey Theatre’s 110 years from 1904 to today through a wealth of archival, visual, written and audio materials.

Theatre lovers are getting in the moment with us. Some gorgeous memories of events on and off the stage have already been shared:

‘Watching Marie Mullen in The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant and remembering why I travel to Ireland to watch theatre. My legs automatically jumped at the end. So proud to be part of her standing ovation.’ – Lita Doolan

‘First stepping into the Abbey to watch King Lear in 2012 felt special. Like history was in the making. This theatre is steeped in it.’ – Aidan

‘I met Pat at St Stephen’s Green our usual meeting point close by my job. We went for dinner at the Metropole and the first surprise of the night was Pat getting down on one knee to propose to me. Before proposing Pat requested a love song by Peggy Dell to make the moment special. After I had gladly accepted his proposal he whispered that there was one more surprise – he was taking me to the Abbey Theatre! I was so thrilled not only to marry my soul mate but to experience an amazing night in the Abbey. Harry Brogan was playing Jemmy Hope in A Light in the Sky. I will always associate the Abbey Theatre with one of the happiest moments in my life. Thank you for sharing our moment.’ – Marie Hurley

We’d love to hear about your Abbey Theatre moment.

Join us as we celebrate the countdown to our official birthday on Saturday 27 December 2014.

View more great moments in Irish Theatre at –

The next instalment of 10 moments will be released on 27 October 2014.

Keep up to date using the hashtag #Abbey110.

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