Ireland’s National Theatre: Abbey Theatre (Amharclann na Mainistreach

Denise Gough and Barry Ward in THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS by Sean O’Casey, directed by Wayne Jordan, on the Abbey stage 2010. Pic by Ros Kavanagh

Founded in 1903 by W.B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, two of the central proponents of the literary revival movement of the twentieth century, the Abbey Theatre‘s history is rooted in the development of the Irish national identity. The movement sought to improve intellectual life in Ireland through the written word and the Abbey’s artistic mission developed in line with that principle, seeking to foster new Irish writers, artists and topics related to Irish society. In 1925, the theatre became the first ever state-subsidized theatre in the English speaking world and it continues to receive an annual grant from the Arts Council of Ireland today. The original building on Old Abbey Street was destroyed by fire in 1951 forcing the theatre to relocate to Queen’s Theatre until 1966 when it returned to a new building at is original location, where it continues to remain today. In addition to the rich, historic traditions of the Abbey, the theatre is worth a visit as it remains a mainstay of the Dublin arts and entertainment scene.

Evening performances on the Abbey stage start time at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee performances start at 2.00pm.

26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin