The Gaiety Theatre

Opera and Musical productions

The Gaiety Theatre is a theatre on South King Street in Dublin, Ireland, off Grafton Street and close to St. Stephen’s Green. It specialises in operatic and musical productions, with occasional dramatic shows.

Performers and playwrights associated with the theatre have been celebrated with the hand-prints cast in bronze and set in the pavement beneath the theatre canopy. These handprints include those of Luciano Pavarotti, Brendan Grace, Maureen Potter, Twink, John B Keane, Anna Manahan, Niall Toibin and Brian Friel.

It is definitely worth paying a visit when you are staying in Dublin Citi Hotel and it is just 10 minutes away.

The Grand Old Lady of South King Street

For 146 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 handprints, are set into the pavement in front the theatre, together with those of Luciano Pavarotti and Brian Friel, are testament to the longstanding association these great artists have had with Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre.

Entrance

The History

Since the glamorous night of its opening on 27th November 1871, with the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland as guest of honour and a double bill of Goldsmith’s evergreen comedy She Stoops to Conquer followed by the tuneful burlesque La Belle Sauvage, The Gaiety Theatre has remained true to the vision of its founders in presenting the highest quality musical and dramatic entertainment.

The Gaiety Theatre inside

The Refurbishment 

In 2003, the owners, Denis and Caroline Desmond, invested over €2.15 million in the biggest restoration programme The Gaiety Theatre had seen in over 50 years including the installation of an air conditioning system and new seating with increased legroom for improved patron comfort.

The latest and most substantial restorations were undertaken in 2007. The theatre’s stage has been completely rebuilt, the orchestra pit enlarged, the scenery flying accommodations improved and a new and taller tower and operating and loading galleries have been built. These improvements have greatly enhanced the production capacity of the Gaiety, making it possible for patrons to see very large scale Irish and international productions.

The Gaiety Theatre Box Office is open Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm

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