Abbey Theatre Minute Books Jan 1904 - May 1939

A collection of Abbey Theatre minute books from January 1904 to May 1939. These minute books contain hand-written minutes from Abbey Theatre meetings. Each minute book has been transcribed and this collection provides access to both the transcribed text and the original text displayed in a side-by-side searchable manner.


Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1904 - 1905
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1904 - 1905
Abbey Theatre Minute Book Jan 1904 - Jan 1905, The 1904 to 1905 Minute Book is the first of the recorded minutes in this collection of Minute Books. It details the minutes for both General Meetings and Reading Committee Meetings. Also details the formation of the new company and includes a letter from W. G. Fay to W. B. Yeats discussing his meeting with George Russell.
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1908 - 1912
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1908 - 1912
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1908 - 1912, The book is primarily a record of plays to be performed as the committee moves through the period. It also details actors’ issues, training and staging practicalities.
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1912 - 1939
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1912 - 1939
Abbey Theatre AGM Minute Book November 1912 to August 1939, This book contains minutes of the company’s annual general meetings, and thus is different from the other publications, with some overlap in the Minute Books from 1929-39.
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1925 - 1931
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1925 - 1931
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1926 to 1931, After a hiatus, the Board resumes taking Minutes in 1925, following on from the Free State government’s decision to fund the theatre. A central topic of debate here is the fate of Sean O’Casey’s 'The Plough and the Stars'.
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1932 - 1936
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1932 - 1936
Abbey Minute Book 1932 - 1936, The theatre grapples with ongoing financial difficulties, responds to the death of Lady Gregory, and its actors are offered the opportunity to make movies in Hollywood. Ernest Blythe, who would dominate the Abbey until 1966, formally joins the Board.
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1936 - 1937
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1936 - 1937
Abbey Theatre Minute Book January 1936 - September 1937, While covering a relatively short period, this Minute Book gives a fascinating account of the deterioration of the Abbey’s relationship with Teresa Deevy. Tanya Moiseiwitsch is designing sets and the Abbey Experimental Theatre is up and running. We also find growing tensions between the Board and the Abbey company of actors.
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1937 - 1939
Abbey Theatre Minute Book 1937 - 1939
Abbey Theatre Minute Book September 1937 - May 1939, Dominated by negotiations with the Irish government for the creation of a new theatre, which would house the Abbey and Gate (the outbreak of war in 1939 meant that this plan was never completed). Also notable here is the production of Yeats’s final plays, notably the controversial Purgatory, which appeared at the Abbey Festival in 1938.

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