The Abbey Theatre was founded in 1903 by W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory. Its precursors were the Irish Literary Theatre and Frank and Willie Fay’s National Dramatic Society. With patronage from Miss Annie Horniman, premises were purchased on Old Abbey Street and on December 27th 1904, the Abbey Theatre opened its doors for the first time.
For over 138 years The Gaiety Theatre has given the people of Dublin opera, musicals, drama, revues, comedy, concerts, dance, festivals and pantomime. Amid the laughter and tears, through times of war and times of affluence, The Grand Old Lady of South King Street has remained a vital and ever changing expression of Irish culture and Irish society. Long home to the familiar faces of Maureen Potter, Niall Toibin, John B. Keane, Anna Manahan, Des Keogh and Rosaleen Linehan, whose bronze hand prints, are set into the pavement in front the theatre, together with those of Luciano Pavarotti and Brian Friel, are testament to the long standing association these great artists have had with Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre.
Rush Dramatic Society was founded in 1927 and has an unbroken record of theatrical activity for over 80 years. In 1988, we opened the Millbank Theatre, a purpose-built theatre in the town of Rush, and it has been our home for the last 20 years. During that time, we have produced over 70 plays. Our current schedule sees us produce 5 full-length plays each year, filling 20 weeks of theatre, as well as a hugely successful annual drama festival and numerous musical events.
The Olympia Theatre is located on Dame St, Central City. Opposite Dublin Castle, 15 mins walk from O'Connell Street. Nearest available car park is Jurys Christchurch or Andrews Lane car park.
Over the course of three centuries the RDS has pursued, with vigour, its mission to encourage the development of agriculture, arts, science and industry throughout the country by educating, providing practical guidance, rewarding excellence and encouraging ability. Its mission remains as relevant today as it was in 1731. The Society draws its strength from its independence and impartiality; it relies on its own resources to fund its activities; and on the voluntary input and support of its Members who give of their time and expertise to serve on its Council and Committees.
The Gate Theatre has been, artistically and architecturally, a landmark building for over 250 years. Established as a theatre in 1930 by Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir, the Gate offered Dublin audiences an introduction to the world of European and American avant-garde theatre and also classics from the modern and Irish repertoire. It was with the Gate that Orson Welles, James Mason, Geraldine FitzGerald and Michael Gambon began their prodigious acting careers.
The Gate continues to represent Ireland at the very uppermost level of artistic endeavour and internationally its reputation has never been higher, receiving numerous invitations each year to major festivals all over the world.
President Hillary opened the National Concert Hall on 9 September 1981. In 2006 the National Concert Hall marked its silver jubilee with an ambitious programme of 505 concerts and events. The Hall had much to celebrate that year - in April the government announced its commitment to the redevelopment of Earlsfort Terrace and the creation of a new world-class auditorium for the National Concert Hall.
Situated on Francis Street in the heart of Dublin’s south city centre the Tivoli Theatre is one of Dublin’s premier theatres. Converted from an old cinema the Tivoli houses two auditoriums, three bar areas, and a supervised car park - along with easy access to many public transport systems including Luas and Dublin Bus. With all this the Tivoli Theatre makes for the perfect night out!<
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