The Countess Cathleen: a Note
On Monday 8 May 1899, W. B. Yeats’s play The Countess Cathleen was presented by the Irish Literary Theatre with a corps of professional actors at the Antient Concert Rooms in Brunswick Street, Dublin.1 It was directed by Florence Farr, assisted by the playwright. This play and Edward Martyn’s The Heather Field were the first fruits of that 1897 discussion between Yeats and Lady Gregory “in Mr Quin’s office” at the Comte de Basterot’s home in Co. Galway.2
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