ITA/206 Turner Collection: Micheál Mac Liammóir Papers
Micheál Mac Liammóir (1899-1978) was born in England as Michael Alfred Wilmore and enjoyed success as a child actor on the London stage. He was Irish by ancestry, inclination and choice. He changed his name to Micheál MacLiammóir, and wrote plays in the Irish language. In 1928, he founded the Gate Theatre with his partner Hilton Edwards. As well as being the leading actor, MacLiammóir also designed the stage sets and costumes for the Gate theatre, which has been identified as one of the key elements to the Gate’s success. He toured extensively throughout the world during his career, achieving international renown, particularly for his one man show The importance of being Oscar. He and Hilton Edwards were jointly made Freeman of the City of Dublin in 1973. The collection was donated by the family of his personal assistant Patricia Turner. It includes photographs, set and costume designs, correspondence, press-cuttings and memorabilia.
Photo: MacLiammóir in The Importance of Being Oscar, 1960. Photo by Douglas Glas