1972 Theatre in Cork

In February 1972, Cork's Gilbert and Sullivan group celebrated its 21st anniversy with a presenation of H.M.S. Pinafore at the Cork Opera House. To mark its anniversary, each evening included a performance of Birthday Cavalade which featured exerpts from popular Gilbert and Sullivan productions from the preceeding 21 years (Evening Echo, 19 February 1972, p. 5).

Richard's Cork Leg Image Thumbnail‌The Abbey Theatre also visited Cork during 1972. The Cork Opera House hosted the Abbey production of Brendan Behan's play, Richard's cork leg. Set in a cemetery in the Dublin Mountains, the play featured well known Abbey players including Angela Newman, Joan O'Hara, and Eileen Colgan. The Dubliners came to the Cork Opera House for the first time as part of the cast of this production, which played from 8 to 20 May (Evening Echo, 6 May 1978, p. 5).

During the summer of 1972, the local Theatre of the South group embarked on a tour to San Francisco, performing Sive, Himself, The Country Boy and The Year of the Hiker. On their return home, these four productions were staged at the Cork Opera House.  During 1972, the Cork Ballet Company staged Swan Lake, marking the Company's silver jubilee (Evening Echo, 5 November 1972, p. 5).

1972 also saw the opening of a new home for Cork's Everyman company in Father Mathew Street. Previously located at the Little Theatre in Castle Street, the Everyman Playhouse was formally opened on 1 November 1972 by actress Anglea Lansbury. The first production at the new playhouse was George Bernard Shaw's Arms and Man (Evening Echo, 28 October 1972, p. 5).


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28 February H.M.S. Pinafore Cork Opera House
29 February The Playboy of the Western World Group Theatre
13 June The Importance of Being Earnest Group Theatre
25 June Theatre of the South: US Tour Riordan's High School Auditorium,
San Francisco
14 November Night of the Iguana Everyman Playhouse
29 November The Game Cock Everyman Playhouse
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