Holloway Theatre Collection

Dublin Drama League programme, design Harry Clarke.Dublin Drama League programme, design Harry Clarke.

Architect and theatregoer Joseph Holloway (1861-1944), who redesigned the Abbey Theatre for its opening in 1904, donated a vast collection of material to the National Library. Holloway was a well known Dublin figure of his day, attending every theatre performance in the city and joining every society connected with the theatre. The Ephemera Department now houses his collection of theatre programmes, posters and playbills from ca. 1880-1944, covering over 200 theatre companies, professional and dramatic groups.

Among the highlights of this collection are the opening night poster for the Abbey Theatre in 1904, a ticket for the first production at the Peacock Theatre in November 1927, and theatre programmes for the Dublin Drama League, designed by the Irish stained glass artist Harry Clarke.

See collection level catalogue record for Holloway Theatre Collection.

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Detail from an Empire Marketing Board poster by Margaret Clarke (EMB/4).
Detail from an Empire Marketing Board poster by Margaret Clarke (EMB/4).
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