Programme for three plays staged by the Irish National Theatre Society

Description

This theatre programme advertises a production staged by the Irish National Theatre Society in October 1903. The society was founded in the same year, and its aim was to promote Irish playwrights and dramatic subjects. Led by their president, poet W B Yeats, the society was at the centre of the Irish Literary Revival.

Staged at Molesworth Hall, Dublin, the production consisted of three short plays: The King's Threshold, a play in one act and in verse, by Yeats; In the Shadow of the Glen, a play in one act, by J M Synge; and Kathleen ni Houlihan by Yeats. Molesworth Hall was home to the Society’s early productions before Yeats and Lady Gregory, with patronage from Annie Horniman, an English woman, opened the Abbey Theatre in 1904 as Ireland’s national theatre.

In 1904 Yeats rejected two plays translated by James Joyce. This year, also significant because Joyce started to write Dubliners and made the decision to leave Ireland, provides the setting for Joyce’s landmark novel, Ulysses, published in 1922. Tensions between Joyce and Yeats again flared in 1917 when Yeats rejected Joyce’s only surviving play, Exiles, declaring it not in line with the theatre’s aims.

Full title:
Programme. Molesworth Hall ... Dublin ... 8th, 9th & 10th October, 1903, etc. ('The King's Threshold', a play in one act and in verse, by W B Yeats. 'In the Shadow of the Glen', a play in one act, by J M Synge. 'Kathleen ni Houlihan', by W B Yeats.)
Published:
estimated 1903, Dublin, Ireland
Format:
Leaflet / Advertisement / Ephemera
Language:
English
Creator:
The Irish National Theatre Society
Usage terms

© The Irish National Theatre Society. Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Cup.21.g.3.(31.)

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