‘Theatre business, management of men’: The Politics of Compromise

Lauren Arrington

in W.B. Yeats, the Abbey Theatre, Censorship, and the Irish State

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590575
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595523 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs

‘Theatre business, management of men’: The Politics of Compromise

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This chapter concludes, starting with looking at how vital it is to consider scholarly work on the history of the Abbey Theatre for getting a full, accurate representation of the multivalent pressures that impacted upon the theatre's productions and the institution's relationship with the state. The profit-incentive driving the directors, the objections of actors and managers, the sensibilities of conservative social pressure groups, and the ideological sensitivities of the state constituted internal and external forces of censorship that were not unique to the Abbey Theatre nor particular to Ireland.

Keywords: Abbey Theatre; directors; censorship; Ireland; profit

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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