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Influence: archbishop John Charles McQuaid put paid to at least two 
Dublin productions

Influence: archbishop John Charles McQuaid put paid to at least two Dublin productions

Influence: archbishop John Charles McQuaid put paid to at least two Dublin productions

Many theatre artists are now faced with having their work pulled from the stage or rehearsals cancelled because of Covid-19. There is a culture in the theatre that "the show must go on" no matter what, and it sometimes plays out that way.

Anna Manahan continued with a Gate Theatre tour of Egypt in 1956, despite her husband, the director Colm O'Kelly, dying on the tour in Alexandria. The night of his death, Manahan went on stage and dedicated her performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten to his memory.

After the Abbey Theatre fire in 1951, the company immediately transferred operations to the Rupert Guinness Theatre in the Liberties, smoke rising from their props as they crossed the town, not missing a single night's performance.