Theatre – Dublin is famous for its
literary past with famous writers and playwrights
such as Oscar Wilde, Patrick Kavanagh and William
Butler Yeats. Most of Dublin’s theatres are
located in the city centre, but there are a couple
in the suburbs. The city's theatres provide a variety
of shows with well known Irish and visiting artists.
Highlights of the theatre year include the Opera season
and the Dublin Theatre Festival.
As well as major Irish and international plays which
run in the larger venues there are many smaller theatre
spaces in the city where you will find an array of
new and experimental works.
The Dublin Theatre Festival takes
place each October and brings together the cream of
Irish and international theatre for two weeks. An
exciting and enlivening Fringe Festival accompanies
One of Dublin’s most famous theatres is The
Olympia. It is as versed at hosting rock
concerts as it is to hosting dramatic works of the
finest quality. The Olympia is decorated in a very
regal style and seating is comfortable. At Christmas
time, the Olympia produces a pantomime, one of the
best in the city. For more information visit www.olympia.ie.
The Abbey Theatre, The National
Theatre of Ireland, is located in Dublin’s north
city centre and has a long and colourful history.
It was opened in 1904 to help promote Irish culture
and plays. The original building in which the Abbey
was housed was damaged in a fire in 1951, but with
government funding it was subsequently rebuilt on
the same site, where it has stood to this day. For
more information visit www.abbeytheatre.ie.
Other of Dublin's theatres well worth visiting
Andrews Lane Theatre - Andrew Lane
Theatre is one of the newer theatres in the city.
The capacity varies as they have retractable seating
and the plays tend to be more modern than their counterparts.
For more information visit www.andrewslane.com.
The Gaiety Theatre - The Gaiety
Theatre was Irelands first established theatre, which
is still in operation. The theatre plays host to plays,
concerts, pantomimes and even acts as a bar at weekends.
For more information visit www.gaietytheatre.net
The Gate Theatre - The Gate Theatre
was founded in 1928 and became internationally renowned
as one of the most adventurous and far-sighted play
houses in Europe. It is located on Cavendish Row in
the city. For more information visit www.gate-theatre.ie.
The Helix - The Helix is a new modern
multi-venue performance space recently opened in DCU.
Within six months of opening its doors, The Helix
has generated an impressive reputation for staging
cutting edge and diverse theatre and music. For more
information visit www.thehelix.ie.
The Point Theatre - The Point was
an old train depot, which was converted into a large
international venue and opened in 1988. Its capacity
is about 8000, and has played host to performances
by many of the world’s premier entertainers.
For more information visit www.thepoint.ie.
The Tivoli Theatre - Only opened
in 1987 the Tivoli Theatre has become one of Ireland's
premier theatre venues, playing host to some of the
best productions. It is located in the city centre.
For more information visit www.thetivoli.com.