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date: 26 June 2019

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While Irish drama has achieved a distinctive reputation within the Anglophone world, the situation in continental Europe has been much more complex. Wilde and Shaw continue to be widely revived but are rarely identified as Irish. Even more strikingly, contemporary Irish playwrights such as Martin McDonagh and Enda Walsh, both extremely popular in Europe, are assimilated within a general category of British theatre, while Brian Friel’s work is much less well known. There have been established theatrical traditions of playing some Irish dramatists in individual countries, as in the case of Synge in the Czech lands, or the later plays of O’Casey in postwar Germany and in Eastern Europe. Specific productions such as the German and Czech stagings of Behan’s The Hostage illustrate well the local political and theatrical contexts which made for their success. By contrast, Irish theatre companies travelling to Europe have had a quite mixed reception.

Keywords: Wilde, Shaw, O’Casey, The Hostage, Martin McDonagh, Enda Walsh

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