Memories of Lady Gregory

  • Wilfrid Scawen Blunt


14th March [1907].—Lady Gregory dined with me in Chapel Street. She gave me a long account of the row that took place at her Abbey Theatre, over the puction of Synge’s piece, ‘The Playboy of the Western World.’ The first night, she said, passed fairly well, with only a few hisses, but on the second night there was an organized opposition, and fearing mischief, she sent for the police,1 and afterwards there was a tumult every night of the week till the last performance, when the opponents of the play got tired of their noise. She considers, therefore, that she has won a victory, but fears the incident will have harmed her in the provinces, where the play is resented more than in Dublin. At Gort, her county town, the local council has boycotted her, forbidding the school children to attend her teas and entertainments, lest their morals should be corrupted. She is going abroad for a while with her son.


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