The Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland, is located
in Dublin, Ireland. The Abbey first opened its doors to the public on
December 27, 1904 and, despite losing its original building to a fire in
1951, it has continued to stage performances more or less continuously to
the present day. The Abbey was the first state-subsidised theatre in the
English-speaking world; from 1925 onwards it has received an annual subsidy
from the Irish Free State. In its early years, the theatre was closely
associated with the writers of the Celtic revival, many of whom were
involved in its foundation and most of whom had plays staged there. The
Abbey served as a nursery for many of the leading Irish playwrights and
actors of the 20th century. In addition, through its extensive programme of
touring abroad and its high visibility to foreign, particularly North
American, audiences, it has become an important part of the Irish tourist
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