Sarah Keating on theatre: Lady Gregory takes a turn in the spotlight

Next year, the Abbey will run a year-long celebration of her legacy as the national theatre she founded celebrates its 120th birthday

Lady Gregory: Her popular influence in her time was unparalleled

After almost a century of being ignored in favour of her collaborator and friend, the poet WB Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory is having a moment. Earlier this year, RTÉ broadcast a two-part documentary about the writer, folklorist and founder of the Abbey Theatre, as well as an ancillary podcast.

A collection of her early writings, including her out-of-print short stories, has just been published in a collection edited by James Pethica and Colin Smythe. The Abbey Theatre, meanwhile, has announced The Gregory Project, a year-long celebration of her legacy, to run at the theatre throughout 2024 as the Abbey celebrates its 120th birthday.