The Abbey Theatre celebrates 110 years

The Abbey Theatre celebrates 110 years

Abbey Theatre 110

On the occasion of our 110th birthday, we pay tribute to generations of theatre artists with the launch of The Abbey Theatre Oral History Project.

This podcast series makes for a living record of theatre-making throughout the generations. Its purpose is to document the stories and memories of many of Ireland’s best loved theatre artists. On listening, you’ll discover a tradition handed down through the generations and many insights into not only the craft of theatre but also Irish society.

Living in the moment for 110 years

2014 has been one of the Abbey Theatre’s most successful years on stage, on tour and behind the scenes. Throughout the year we’ve recalled key moments in our 110 year history and invited audience members to share their memories and moments too.

Each chosen moment celebrates the energy and fleeting nature of theatre. Photographs, correspondence, drawings and administrative records drawn from the Abbey Theatre Archive tell the story of what happened on and off the Abbey stage. These moments will give a unique insight into the story of Irish theatre and Irish society.

Audience Moments

‘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.’

On 30 October 2014, the Abbey Theatre took one of our best loved plays, Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey onto the streets of Dublin – people readily took part by reciting lines from this iconic play. View the video below or watch it on YouTube here.

For more information or to share your moment, visit our micro-site.

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