Lady Augusta Gregory was a classic Victorian figure
until the time of her husband’s death. She claimed that,
like Bacon, loneliness made her rich – full, evident in the
of her own books and plays, as well as
support of Irish authors. This Lady was really something
else and our bar is filled with her spirit.
was inspired by Lady Gregory’s remarkable personality and sassy defiance of conservative mores. Her courage of conviction in support of creativity is as laudable as the impressive list of plays and books she authored. Here’s a little more about Lady Gregory so you can love her as much as we do.
George Bernard Shaw described his close friend as “The Greatest Living Irishwoman.” Well deserved praise for a prolific writer who co-founded the famous Abbey Theatre in the early 1900s … scene of a particularly infamous work: “Playboy of the Western World.”
She stridently produced “Playboy” which referenced undergarments – strictly offensive and verboten at the time. Immediately, the play faced terse, dramatic opposition and caused significant upheaval.
As audience members hurled vegetables on stage night after night, and after receiving at least one death threat, Lady Gregory clung to the Abbey’s mission to produce compelling theater and attract a diverse range of customers.
Connected based on her aristocratic roots, Lady Gregory employed bold diplomacy by inviting good friend President Theodore Roosevelt to attend the “Playboy” production. She clearly felt the pressure, commenting in a letter to friend John Millington Synge, “I feel we are in the fight for our lives.”
Roosevelt enjoyed the play and tensions calmed. But the Lady’s fighting spirit endured.
We hope her delicious personality is evident in every one of the visits you have with us.