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The Theatre Royal, 1959

Theatre RoyalThe Theatre Royal is fondly remembered by many Dubliners

This is a photograph of the Theatre Royal, with its striking Art Deco facade and a Moorish inspired interior. It was the largest cinema in Dublin, with an auditorium that housed 3,800 people. The International Festival of Music and the Arts is being advertised, and Blackboard Jungle is showing.

The Royal had a resident 25-piece orchestra and its own dance troupe, the Royalettes. There was a Compton organ that came up out of the ground. Jimmy Campbell was the conductor. Tommy Dando and the Royalettes were a regular item; Alice del Garno and Babs de Monte; Bob Geldof’s mother worked as a cashier. Judy Garland played the Theatre Royal in 1951, wowing punters who couldn’t get tickets by singing from her dressing room window. And Danny Kaye was fondly remembered for many years by the taxi drivers of Dublin. He sang so many encores that everyone missed the last bus home.

With thanks to Fáilte Ireland

The Righteous Are Bold Poster, 1954

The Righteous are Bold poster

A poster for the hugely popular play “The Righteous Are Bold” at the Abbey Theatre

This poster advertises a run of The Righteous Are Bold by Frank Carney. It was the most performed play in the Abbey Theatre (which was temporarily housed in the Queen’s Theatre).

Now largely forgotten, the play was hugely popular in its day because it featured the first exorcism to be shown on an Irish stage. The plot concerns an Irish emigrant returning home from London who is possessed by some ‘evil’, and the ensuing battle between scientific, pagan and Catholic beliefs as to how it should be removed. It was performed 245 times, 96 of those on its first run in 1956.

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