Dublin's vibrant theatre scene consists of an excellent provision of theatres and a busy programme of productions that are showcased at Dublin Theatres throughout the year. On any given night there is plenty of theatrical activity in both Dublin's larger theatres which showcases mainstream and large-scale touring performances as well as smaller venues, pubs and converted spaces that present an eclectic mix of innovative and cutting edge productions if you are looking for something different.
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The Abbey Theatre often dubbed as the National Theatre of Ireland has a somewhat controversial and dynamic history. The theatre gained a leading reputation through its series of productions by WB Yeats and Lady Gregory in its early decades where performances caused riots amongst the audience. This resulted in Yeats himself scaling the stage to admonish the audience after going wild at the sight of a nationalist flag among prostitutes in Sean O'Casey The Plough and the Stars in 1926. Today, the theatre is housed in a rebuilt structure following a fire in the 1960s and has a special place in the hearts of many Dubliners and visitors alike, offering a rich plethora of not-to-be-missed revival productions from some of Ireland's greatest playwrights including Samuel Beckett and Brendan Behan amongst others.
For those wanting to sample variety performances including comedy from one of Dublin's finest comedians, Brendan O'Carroll, who has staged Mrs Brown's Last Wedding and Hows Your Wibbly Wobbly Wonder, The Olympia Theatre is Dublins last bastion of the variety tradition. Being around for 130 years, it is Dublins oldest theatres and has developed into a popular music venue, presenting a plethora of musical genres from traditional Irish folk music courtesy of Sharon Shannon and the Dubliners to Pop and Rock music from the likes of Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene and Rock legend Robert Plant.
Situated in the commercial heart of Dublin close to Grafton Street and Stephens Green Shopping Centre, The Gaiety Theatre equally stages a fun-packed programme of performances for all the family, including West End Hit musicals, Pantos and classic Irish productions. The Gaiety Theatre keeps the more serious-minded theatre-goer away but leaves room for those looking for a soiree of entertainment and fun in the Irish capital. At weekends, this theatre venue transforms into one of Dublins leading late night clubs featuring a DJs and a host of live bands including Dublins Mogwai and Belle and Sebastian. Clubbers can expect Live Salsa, Electro, Retro Grooves, Disco and Funk.
No matter what type of production takes your fancy, Dublins Theatres and eclectic programme of productions undoubtedly makes this fine city, one of Europes top theatre break destinations. For more information on Dublin Theatres, please scroll down to the theatre list below.