Landgartha: A Tragie-Comedy: By Henry Burnell
'Landgartha' (1641), first performed in Dublin on St Patrick's Day 1640, was the last play produced before political unrest forced the closure of ... Show synopsis 'Landgartha' (1641), first performed in Dublin on St Patrick's Day 1640, was the last play produced before political unrest forced the closure of Dublin's only theatre. Staged the night before the Irish Parliament debated the introduction of laws against bigamy, it weaves a complex tale of love and marriage. Norwegian Amazon Landgartha persuades the Swedish King to help overturn the Danish occupation of her homeland. As peace ensues, Landgartha reluctantly agrees to break the Amazon code and marry him; but Sweden proves unfaithful. The allegory is compelling: the strife between Norway, Sweden and Denmark represents that brewing between Ireland, England and Scotland. A robust Old English response to dominant colonial representations of Ireland, Burnell's 'Landgartha' is a compelling fusion of English tragi-comedy with Irish storytelling.