The Theatre Royal: Dublin
Dublin’s last and greatest stage, the Theatre Royal’s history and artistic value have long been overlooked by academia. The reason for this, I believe, is that “The Royal” does not fit into the pure idealistic, nationalistic view of Ireland during the period of its existence, from 1935 to 1962. This chapter contends that there was an art form and popular genre during the era, “variety”, with which we are no longer familiar. This genre entertained people of every creed and every social, economic and political background in huge numbers each week. The chapter attempts to afford insight into to the rise and eventual fall of this once beloved (and still missed) Dublin institution.