The Abbey Theatre was opened in 1904 and is the National Theatre of Ireland. One of its founding members was W B Yeat's, the famous Irish playwright. Its main aim has always been, and still is, to promote Irish culture and plays but is also host to a wide range of international performances.
The theatre is partly supported by the Irish Government through a series of grants. It was the first theatre in the English speaking world to be subsidized by a government.
Unfortunately, the original theatre was extensively damaged in a 1951 fire and had to relocate to Queen's Theatre for several years. They returned to a newly built Abbey Theatre in 1966. The theatre caters for approximately 492 people. It has a purpose built stage which can be adjusted into several different configurations, depending on the performance.
There is another smaller theatre located in the basement, called the Peacock Theatre. It is typically used to host emerging plays by up and coming Irish talent.
The Abbey will make a further move sometime before 2012 to new premises located in Dublin's Docklands area.
Most people arrive by public transport or on foot. If you do choose to drive, the closest car park is the Irish Life Car Park on Lower Abbey Street.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the Abbey Theater box office. Prices of tickets obviously differ depending on the performances offered but most prices seem to range from 15 to 38 euros. It is best to book in advance, especially for the more popular performances.
No form of photography or video is permitted inside.
Alcoholic drinks are available in the Abbey Lounge one hour prior to the start of the performances. There is also a coffee bar on the ground floor foyer where you can order interval drinks, which will save you quite a bit of queuing.
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