Irish in the Archives
at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
When the crowds have left and our beautiful buildings are quiet, we invite you to try something different. Sample a wide range of specially programmed talks and workshops 'After Hours'.
In honour of St Patrick and in recognition of the strong Irish presence in our archives, you are invited to a showcase event at the Shakespeare Centre in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.
We are proud of our literary, theatrical and historical Collections and their strong Irish dimension. We want to share this widely and we offer a relaxed, entertaining evening, to highlight the best of both Shakespeare and the Irish literary tradition. A mixture of talks, readings and displays will be enhanced by traditional Irish music and dancing.
We will explore the rich literary links between Ireland, Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon – from Seán O’Casey’s use of Shakespearean dramatic composition in, for instance ‘Juno and The Paycock’ to W.B. Yeats’ vision for the Abbey Theatre being influenced by Frank Benson’s approach to theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. We will consider Irish theatrical contributions such as that of Sinéad Cusack and Siobhán McKenna performing at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and from an earlier era, Bram Stoker managing Henry Irving’s Lyceum Theatre.
As well as these dramatic links, our collections reflect numerous personal links between Ireland and Stratford and we will explore these. So, if you are curious as to why we have a map of the ‘Limerick and Belfast Direct Union Railway and Great Waterford, Kilkenny and Sligo Railway’, then join us on 11th March 2017. A selection of traditional Irish refreshments will be available.
This event will take place in The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW. Booking is essential, tickets are available online, at our ticket offices at any of Shakespeare's Family Homes, or call 01789 201806.