The new Grand Canal Theatre

Dublin City’s Theatres

The Abbey Theatre, Dublin's premier live theatre venueThis is the land of Yeats and Beckett, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, John B. Keane and Martin McDonagh. Theatre is an integral part of the cultural life of Ireland.

Every town and even most rural parishes boast their own local drama group or music society. There are drama festivals up and down the country. And the performances are packed with locals. As you'd expect, comedies and musicals pull in more punters, but more serious themes are part of the mix and a high percentage of the population attends the local presentations - whatever the topic.

Sure, any excuse for a night out.

Abbey Theatre

But, Dublin is special. For one thing, there's the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's premier drama venue. You won't be too surprised to find that the theatre is located on Abbey Street, about a 20 minute stroll from Number 31. The Abbey takes seriously its mission as the foremost presenter of Irish playwrights. Old and new, edgy and ancient, comedies and tragedies, you'll find them all. And in between performances, there are talks of wide interest. The Abbey Theatre Calendar of Events is here.

The O2

Another key venue is usually a bit less lofty. The O2 is a state of the art entertainment venue for larger crowds. Here's where Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton and Britney Spears play and many of the world's biggest acts make their Dublin touchdown. Check out the O2 Calendar of Events. The O2 is about a 35 minute walk from Number 31. It's not a bad walk from O'Connell Bridge, the centre of Dublin, but from Number 31 we recommend that you take a taxi which we'll be happy to arrange.

Grand Canal Theatre

Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin - 10 minutes walk from Number 31The latest addition to the Dublin theatre scene is the magnificent Grand Canal Theatre. This is a Daniel Libeskind designed building that seats 2,000 on three levels. This is the place for the big Broadway productions, Opera and Ballet favourites like Madama Butterfly and Swan Lake, sell-out comedians and big name singers and groups such as Mary Black and the Chieftains who prefer someplace a bit more intimate than The O2.

Happily the Grand Canal Theatre is located only a 10 minute walk from Number 31. Of course, we'll call for a taxi if you prefer. Check the Grand Canal Theatre Dublin calendar of events.

Dozens of Other Choices Every Night

The key point is that Dublin is the largest city in Ireland, the nation's capital and business centre as well as its cultural epicentre. Anyone and everything eventually comes to Dublin and the list of events available is vast. Besides the Abbey, there are many other theatres as well as smaller clubs. There are poetry nights in local pubs, traditional music is always on, Japanese Taiko drummers, African dance groups, multi-screen cinemas, you name it Dublin's got it.

One way to keep abreast of what's coming and going is to check the listings in a national paper like the Irish Times.

As always, Number 31 will help arrange taxis, make reservations, arrange restaurant bookings in time to catch a show and whatever else we can do to show Dublin to advantage.