Graham McLaren and Neil Murray may have tipped the balance too suddenly and too far. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A little over a week ago, I was invited to sign the “Letter of Concern” about the Abbey Theatre. I declined to do so. While some of the statistics in (...)

Graham McLaren and Neil Murray of the National Theatre of Scotland, who have been appointed as the new co-directors of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, beginning on July 1st, 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The appointment of Neil Murray and Graham McLaren as co-directors of the Abbey Theatre may signal a new approach to the idea of a national theatre (...)