5 Unmissable Theatre Experiences in Dublin City

Ireland is famous for many things; Craic and Music to name a few. However, the theatre and the dramatics are up there with some of the most entertaining and thought-provoking experiences you will come across while on the Emerald Isle. Here are a few of the best and most famous theatres in Dublin if you feel like getting cultured while living in the capital.

The Abbey Theatre

Known as the National Theatre of Ireland, the Abbey is one of the country's leading cultural institutions. Founded by world renowned poet W. B. Yeats and the influential Lady Gregory, the Abbey was first opened to the public on 27 December 1904, and moved from its original building after a fire in 1951, it has remained active to the present day.

Located in the heart of the city, the Abbey is accessible by all forms of transportation. This makes it super easy to get home, especially if you don't want to pay that extra bit of cash on a taxi.

Check out what is on in the Abbey at

Address: 26/27 Abbey Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01 K0F1

Smock Alley

Since the 17th century there have been numerous theatres in Dublin with the name of Smock Alley. Smock Alley Theatre is a 21st-century theatre currently residing in a converted 19th-century church. This creates an almost religious experience with amazing acoustics in an intimate setting.

Placed along the banks of the Liffey, the theatre plays host to film festivals, live podcasts and drama competitions, while also facilitating large public and private events and parties.

See to find the show best suited to you.

Address: 39 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 RD45

The Gate

Located on Cavendish Row at the top of O'Connell street, an evening at the Gate is a theatre experience like no other. Its size and proximity to the stage means that even though you may be one of a few hundred witnessing what’s going on, you feel like the actors only have eyes for you.

A night at the Gate is one you will be talking about until you inevitably revisit.

Visit and see what’s on to scratch your cultural itch.

Address: Cavendish Row, Parnell Square E, Rotunda, Dublin 1

Project Arts Centre

If you plan on having a few drinks in Temple Bar, feel free to pop into the Project Arts Centre for a dose of visual arts, theatre, dance, music, and performance. The least known of all of the theatres on our list, the Project Arts Centre isn’t afraid to be out there, putting on avant garde performances that make you question the meaning of reality and your perception of what art is.

Hop on the website at to find your next mind bending performance.

Address: 39 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 RD45

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is synonymous with spectacular performance art, outstanding architecture, and a commitment to excellence in live entertainment. Opened in 2010, the Bord Gáis is Ireland’s premier theatre overlooking Grand Canal Dock.

Designed with the audience at the heart of the performance, you will have a perfect view of the stage regardless of your seat due to its open auditorium and lack of obtrusive support beams even amongst the other 2000+ theatre goers.

Prepare to be blown away by international and national acts and performances. Visit to check out what’s on this season.

Address: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin

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