Our primary visual sources have been referenced by team members both on the relevant visualisation pages and also under the Research Sources section of our Methodology but a summary is provided here.

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Dublin City Public Libraries

For modelling:

Plans:

Letters patent granted to Queen’s Theatre, Dublin 1951 Sept. 21. via the National Library of Ireland.

Goad Fire Insurance Plans of Dublin, sheet 18, revisions of 1938 and ca. 1961. via Trinity College Dublin.

Irish Builder & Engineer, 29 May 1909, Volume 51, Issue 11, pages 326-328 available in NLI and UCD.

Images:

ARTSTOR images (Queen’s Theatre exterior and interior) – see metadata below.

archiseek (same exterior image as ARTSTOR).

 

Here is an annotated list of more resources we found useful and interesting.

*note A: citations and references on the various individual pieces of writing are included on the pertinent pages.

*note B:The Queen’s Theatre has had several names over the years

  1. The Adelphi Theatre 1829-1844 (at which point it was demolished and rebuilt)
  2. Queen’s Royal Theatre 1844-1909 (at which point it was demolished and rebuilt by R.J. Stirling – see below for more information on Stirling)
  3. Queen’s Theatre 1909-1969 (at which point it was demolished)

See Philip B. Ryan’s book, the The Lost Theatres of Dublin for more – full details on book below

This list is divided into the following sections:

 

Photos

Building

Plays and People

In the collections from the Irish Photo Archive, individual images in the collections may vary slightly in description (or potentially copyright).

  • 1955 The Plough and The Stars at the Abbey (11 photos)
    • Date: 22 April 1955
    • Description: “Special for Abbey Theatre – Scenes from ‘The Plough and the Stars’ by Sean O’Casey. The Plough and the Stars is a play by the Irish writer Seán O’Casey first performed on February 8, 1926 by the Abbey Theatre in the writer’s native Dublin. It is the third of his well known “Dublin Trilogy” – the other two being The Shadow of a Gunman (1923) and Juno and the Paycock (1924).”
    • Copyright: Copyrighted to SKP & Associates Ltd trading as Lensmen & Associates, Lensmen Photographic Agency and Lensmen Photographic Archive, Irish Photo Archive. wwwirishphotoarchive.ie COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. Under the Copyright and Related Rig
    • 7 photos from 19 April 1955 production of The Plough and the Stars (these 7 photos seem to just be copies of ones in the above collection for 22 April).
  • 1954 Pantomime Scenes (3 photos)
    • Date: 14 December 1954
    • Description: “Abbey Theatre scenes from Christmas Pantomime (Sean Mooney)”
    • Copyright: Copyrighted to SKP & Associates Ltd trading as Lensmen & Associates, Lensmen Photographic Agency and Lensmen Photographic Archive, Irish Photo Archive. wwwirishphotoarchive.ie COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. Under the Copyright and Related Rig
  • “An Posadh” (The Marriage) by Douglas Hyde (5 photos)
    • Date 30 April 1955
    • Description: “Abbey Theatre scenes from “An Posadh” (The Marriage) by Douglas Hyde, at Queens theatre, Pearse Street, Dublin. Gaelic Play for Paris.”
    • Copyright: Copyrighted to SKP & Associates Ltd trading as Lensmen & Associates, Lensmen Photographic Agency and Lensmen Photographic Archive, Irish Photo Archive. wwwirishphotoarchive.ie COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. Under the Copyright and Related Rig
  • “The Will And The Way” (10 photos)
    • Date: 13 August 1955
    • Description: “Abbey Theatre Players in Costume for New Play “The Will And The Way””
    • Copyright: Copyrighted to SKP & Associates Ltd trading as Lensmen & Associates, Lensmen Photographic Agency and Lensmen Photographic Archive, Irish Photo Archive. wwwirishphotoarchive.ie COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. Under the Copyright and Related Rig
  • “Sive” by Listowel Drama Group (4 photos)
    • Date: 25 May 1959
    • Descriptions: “Listowel Drama Group performs “Sive” at the Abbey Theatre (Queens Theatre), Dublin.”
    • Copyright: Copyrighted to SKP & Associates Ltd trading as Lensmen & Associates, Lensmen Photographic Agency and Lensmen Photographic Archive, Irish Photo Archive. wwwirishphotoarchive.ie COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. Under the Copyright and Related Rig
  • Richard Johnson meets the Abbey cast (1 photo)
    • Date: 30 January 1961
    • Description: “District Justice Richard Johnson, (2nd left) author of the play “The Evidence I Shall Give,” meets the Abbey Theatre cast of the 1st production at Queen’s Theatre, Pearse Street, Dublin”
    • Copyright: Copyrighted to SKP & Associates Ltd trading as Lensmen & Associates, Lensmen Photographic Agency and Lensmen Photographic Archive, Irish Photo Archive. wwwirishphotoarchive.ie COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. Under the Copyright and Related Rig
  • “Is The Priest At Home” (4 photos)
    • Date: 21 January 1955
    • Description: “Abbey Theatre scenes for “Is The Priest At Home” at Queen’s Theatre, Pearse Street, Dublin.”
    • Copyright: Copyrighted to SKP & Associates Ltd trading as Lensmen & Associates, Lensmen Photographic Agency and Lensmen Photographic Archive, Irish Photo Archive. wwwirishphotoarchive.ie COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. Under the Copyright and Related Rig
  • “The Glorious Uncertainty” (4 photos)
    • Date: 25 March 1955
    • Description: “Scenes from the play “The Glorious Uncertainty” at Queens theatre, Dublin for the Abbey Theatre.”
    • Copyright: Copyrighted to SKP & Associates Ltd trading as Lensmen & Associates, Lensmen Photographic Agency and Lensmen Photographic Archive, Irish Photo Archive. wwwirishphotoarchive.ie COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS ACT, 2000. Under the Copyright and Related Rig
  • Two Dancers at the Abbey (6 photos)
    • 28 January 1959
    • Description: “Two dancers at Abbey Theatre, Pearse St – For Gael Linn”
    • Copyright Irish Archive
  • “Noel Purcell”
    • Source: de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. (page 76)
    • Description: Famous Dublin actor, star of theatre and film. Appeared in Tom Powell’s pantomine Robinson Crusoe at the Queens 1928-9
  • “Theatre Troop at Avoca”
    • Source: de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. (page 45)
    • Description: Queen’s Royal Theatre staff opening at Avoca 1910

 

Posters, Ads, and Postcards

  • “The Colleen Bawn”
    • Source: de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. (page 67)
    • Description: The cave scene from Dion Boucicault’s ‘The Colleen Bawn’.
  • “The Shaughraun”
    • Source: de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. (page 49)
    • Description: Con the Shaughraun. Portrait of Chalmers Mackey in key role.
  • “The Shaughran 2”
    • Source: de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. (page 66)
    • Description: Composite poster done in the Queen’s by David Allen artists
  • “The West’s Wake”
    • Source: de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. (page 52)
    • Description: From Bill Bailey’s collection. The West’s Awake at Queens 26 June 1911
  • “Queen’s Theatre 1850”
    • Source: de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. (page 8)
    • Description: A view of the theatre as it was in 1850 from Shaw’s Directory
  • “Queen’s Theatre Postcard 1919”
    • Source: de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. (page 8)
    • Description: Some of the detail does not agree with later photo so this depiction may not be strictly accurate. However, the postcard states that it depicts ‘The Queen’s Theatre after rebuilding in 1909’. A sketch by F. M. Marriott Watson (Frederick Wentworth Marriott Watson
    • Marriot Watson (note different spelling of Marriot) turns up in Holloway’s diary, he was the manager of the theatre and was an actor/playwright. He acted in the  1909 Queen’s production of the 1897 play The Face at the Window, which he wrote under the name F. Brooke Warren.

NLI Dublin theatre posters of the period. These productions all were staged in the Queen’s Theatre during World War I

 

Maps and Architectural Plans

Letters patent granted to Queen’s Theatre, Dublin 1951 Sept. 21. via the National Library of Ireland.

Goad Fire Insurance Plans of Dublin, sheet 18, revisions of 1938 and ca. 1961. via Trinity College Dublin.

Irish Builder & Engineer, 29 May 1909, Volume 51, Issue 11, pages 326-328 available in NLI and UCD.

 

Books

de Búrca, Séamus. The Queen’s Royal Theatre, Dublin, 1829-1969. Dublin: S. De Burca, 1983. Print.

ISBN: 0851630367; ISBN-13: 9780851630366

Fitz-Simon, Christopher. The Abbey Theatre : Ireland’s national theatre : the first 100 years. London : Thames & Hudson, 2003.

Fitz-Simon, Christopher. “Buffoonery and Easy Sentiment”: Popular Irish Plays in the Decade Prior to the Opening of the Abbey Theatre. Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2011. Print.

Tables on page 4-11: plays at Queen’s Theatre from 1895-1904

Hunt, Hugh. “The Years of Exile 1951-1966.” The Abbey, Ireland’s National Theatre, 1904-1978 [ie 1979]. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979. 176-193. Print.

Morash, Christopher.  A History of Irish Theatre 1601-2000. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Print.

O’Casey, Sean. The Plough and the Stars. Samuel French LTD, 1932. Print.

O’Neill, Michael J. The Abbey at the Queen’s: The Interregnum Years 1951-1966. Borealis Press, 1999. Print.

ISBN 0888878486; Blanchardstown Library, Fingal

Ryan, Philip B. “The Queen’s Theatre.” The Lost Theatres of Dublin. Westbury, Wiltshire: Badger Press, 1998. 122-143. Print.

Shaw, Henry. Dublin Pictorial Guide and Directory of of 1850. Belfast: Friars Bush Press, 1988. Print.

Trotter, Mary. “Popular Drama’s Response to Stage Irish Stereotypes: The Queen’s Royal Theatre.” Ireland’s National Theaters: Political Performance and the Origins of the Irish Democratic Movement. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2001. 35-72. Print.

Watt, Stephen. “The Queen’s Royal Theatre and the Politics of Irish Melodrama.” Joyce, O’Casey, and the Irish popular theater. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 1991. 48-57. Print.

Journals and Articles

Academic Articles

“News and Queries.” The Shaw Review 3.3 (September, 1960): 37-38. Penn State University Press. Web. 16 March 2015. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40681912.

  • Relevance: mentions the production The Shaws of Synge Street on 25 April 1960 at the Queen’s Theatre

Felstead, Alison, and Jonathan Franklin. “Stirling, Robert John, b. 1841.” Directory of British Architects, 1834-1914: Vol. 2 (L-Z). 2nd ed. Bloomsbury Academic, 2001. 706. Print.

  • ISBN-10: 082645514X; ISBN-13: 9780826455147
  • Can also be found on Google Books (courtesy of Stephanie Rolt at Theatre’s Trust).
  • Relevance: R. J. Stirling was the ‘Architect to the estate of Trinity College’ and was involved in the reconstruction of the QT in 1909.

Newspaper Articles

Untitled clip. Irish Independent 22 June 1954: 6. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: references rehearsal of Cyril Cusack’s presentation of Synge’s “The Playboy of the Western World” at the Queen’s Theatre “due to a gracious and thoughtful gesture by the Directors of the Abbey.”

“Riverside Romp at the Abbey.” Sunday Independent 1 August 1954: 9. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: A review of an Abbey performance in Queen’s, “ A Riverside Charade” by Bryan Guinness. Mentions of difficulties size of theatre posed to effectively performing this type of play.

“Dublin Group Buys Queen’s Theatre.” Irish Independent 25 November 1966: 9. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: Info. on who purchased Queen’s after the Abbey Players returned to the Abbey. Sold to “businessmen with interest in the cinema industry.” New owner-Hubert McNally.

“Queen’s Theatre for Sale.” Irish Independent 25 August 1966: 3. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: Abbey to auction Queen’s. Abbey has lease until 30 Sept. Auction to take after Oct 1.

“The Queen’s to be Sold.” Irish Press 24 August 1966: 16. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: Public auction for the Queen’s Theatre. The Abbey Company are mentioned as having been based there while the Abbey Theatre was under construction. Mentions the owners as being Rank Organisation. Auctioneers not named but based in London.

“Abbey’s Last Performance in Queen’s.” Irish Independent 11 July 1966: 4. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: Abbey Company last performance in Queens followed by farewell party for “actors, management and staff”. Ernest Blythe thanked Louis Elliman but “‘were not sorry to be getting out of it.”’ Queen’s theatre to be used for variety performances until end of Sept. but after that the future is uncertain.

“Abbey Had to Put on ‘Long Run’ Plays.” Irish Independent 28 August 1964: 15. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: Ernest Blythe and the artistic and financial effect that physical space of Queen’s had upon what types of plays they Abbey could put on. Criticisms of “terrible” “state of the Abbey”. Discussions of the varying ideas of what the theatre should be for. Comparing Abbey Company and the Gate.

“Abbey Players’ First Night at the Queen’s Theatre.” Irish Independent 25 September 1951: 7. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: A photograph from the opening night of the first play performed by the Abbey Players in the Queen’s Theatre. The play was “The Silver Tassie”. The photo quality is a bit poor. Bits of architecture around the ticket box are visible. Also typo in descriptive line.

“No Cinema Shows at Queen’s Theatre.” Irish Independent 18 September 1951: 8. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: No cinema shows on Sunday in Queen’s (no mention of other days). Ernest Blythe quoted talking about “Abbey policy not to have Sunday night shows”, and adjustments the Abbey Company would be making to the space by removing the projection equipment.

“Alteration to Queen’s Theatre.” Irish Press 12 June 1952: 3. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: Changes been made to the Queen’s while Abbey Players on holiday. Installing “hay stack lanthorn” to divert smoke from the audience should any occur during performances. Also installing back-up lighting system should primary one fail. Renovations expected to finish in time for Player’s return June 30 when they will perform “Juno and the Paycock”.

“Illustrated Brochure on Abbey.” Irish Press 20 October 1966: 7. Irish News Archive. Web. 20 March 2015.

  • Relevance: Publication of illustrated brochure “ The Abbey Theatre 1904-1966” by Gabriel Fallon. Mentions Abbey moving to the Queen’s. Has info. + different visualisations. Was not able to locate it during research stage.

 

Useful Websites

Arthur Lloyd, Music Hall and Theatre History website

Abbey Theatre. Note: the archive is in the process of being digitised by NUIG

Abbey Soundcloud

From Abbey Street to the Queen’s Theatre on Pearse Street and back again to Abbey Street, the various homes of the Abbey are recollected by those who experienced the moves.

Abbey Theatre’s The Plough and the Stars resource pack.

“Co. Dublin, Dublin, Pearse Street, Queen’s Royal Theatre.” Directory of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Irish Architectural Archive, n.d. Web. 23 March 2015.

  • Relevance: This is a list of architects connected to the Queen’s Theatre entry in the Directory of Irish Architects.

“Stirling, Robert John.” Directory of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Irish Architectural Archive, n.d. Web. 23 March 2015.

  • Relevance: R. J. Stirling is one of the architects connected to the QT. He was involved in the “reconstruction and enlargement for lessee, Frederick Wentworth Marriott Watson (building leased from Trinity College, Dublin).” The QT was part of the Trinity College estate.

“Stirling, William.” Directory of Irish Architects 1720-1940. Irish Architectural Archive, n.d. Web. 23 March 2015.

  • Relevance: Brother to R. J. Stirling, William Stirling is also listed as one of the architects connected to the QT. His involvement seems to be smaller and earlier (1893) than R. J. Stirling’s connection to the QT.

Website dedicated to Abbey actor TP McKenna http://abbeyyears.blogspot.co.uk/

British Pathe

http://theatreprogrammes.co.uk/