Lady Augusta Gregory's play Spreading the News premiered on December 27, 1904 as part of a quadruple bill to celebrate the opening of the Abbey Theatre, the new and permanent home of the Irish National Theatre Company. Although the illustriousness of this occasion speaks highly of Gregory's status within the National Theatre, which she had helped to found five years earlier, critics who attended that evening's productions paid relatively little attention to Gregory's play. Representative reviewers include the Freeman's Journal, who noted that the play served its purpose by “[relieving] the atmosphere of tragedy” created by the heavier plays on the bill, and The United Irishman, which dismissed the play as “a …
Cusack, George. "Spreading the News". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 November 2004; last revised 30 November -1.
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