Cork's Gilbert and Sullivan group celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 1976 and marked this milestone with a presentation of The Mikado at the Cork Opera House during March and April. In August and September, the Everyman presented Seán O'Casey's The Silver Tassie, which portrayed some of the human suffering on the Western Front during the First World War. The Everyman Playhouse also continued to support Irish language productions in 1976. Beginning on 7 December, Compántas Chorcaí presented Criostóir Ó Floinn's Mise Raifteirí an File, a drama on the blind Mayo poet Antoine Ó Raifteirí and on other personalities from Irish history (Evening Echo, 4 December 1976, p. 5).
'The Players' of London performed at the Lee Malting's Granary Theatre during summer 1976. This group included actors prominent in Cork's theatrical scene throughout the early 1970s. With a cast including Tony Wreddan, Jenni Hinkes and Peter O'Shaughnessy, their first production, Three Acts of Love, featured works from Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett. This was followed by Harold Pinter's The Caretaker and The Players concluded their stay in Cork with a presentation of Peter O'Shaughnessy's own work, Will, a one-man biographical show based on the life and works of William Shakespeare (Evening Echo, 10 & 31 July 1976, p. 5).
Select links below for further information.
|23 February||Hamlet||Cork Opera House|
|22 March||The Mikado||Cork Opera House|
|26 July||The Righteous Are Bold||Cork Opera House|
|16 August||Summer Revels '76||Cork Opera House|
|30 August||The Silver Tassie||Everyman Playhouse|
|20 September||Bless Me Father||Everyman Playhouse|
|4 October||Hedda Gabler||Everyman Playhouse|
|18 October||Luv||Everyman Playhouse|
|25 October||The Reluctant Debutante||Everyman Playhouse|
|10 November||Savages||Everyman Playhouse|