On this day…18 February

On 18 February 1926 Joyce heard details of the first London production of Exiles. There were two performances of Exiles by the Stage Society at the Regent Theatre, London, on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 February 1926, followed by a debate on the play the following Wednesday. Among those attending performances were Harriet Weaver, Wyndham […]

On this day…25 August

On 25 August 1909 Joyce attended the premiere of The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet. George Bernard Shaw’s play The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet had been banned in England by the Lord Chamberlain. But the Lord Chamberlain’s remit did not extend to Dublin theatres, and the Abbey Theatre agreed to stage the play. The Lord Lieutenant […]

'The Dead' at the Abbey Theatre, 5 December – 19 January

Recognised as a masterpiece of the short story form, James Joyce’s  ‘The Dead’ is to be dramatised for the Abbey stage by one of Ireland’s most important playwrights, Frank McGuinness. The year is 1904 in the city of Dublin. Gretta and Gabriel Conroy attend the Morkan Sisters annual dinner on the Feast of the Epiphany […]