The Countess Cathleen


Writers: William Butler Yeats


The Countess Cathleen was first performed in its early form on May 8th, 1899 as the Irish Literary Theatre's inaugural production. However, in the following years it underwent several major revisions so that it became (in W. B. Yeats’ words) “all but a new play”. The final version of the play premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on December 14th, 1911.

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