Abbey Theatre

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Abbey Theatre information

Dublin , Ireland
Lower Abbey St
+353 1 878 7222
Getting there
Bus: all city centre
Tram: Abbey
More information
performances 7.30pm Mon-Sat, matinees 2.30pm Sat
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Ireland’s national theatre was founded by WB Yeats in 1904 and was a central player in the development of a consciously native cultural identity. Its relevance has waned dramatically in recent decades but it still provides a mix of Irish classics (Synge, O'Casey etc), established international names (Shepard, Mamet) and contemporary talent (O'Rowe, Carr et al).

Debate over the theatre's home – an ugly, purpose-built box from 1966 – has been silenced by economic realities, and so the city's theatregoers have had to make do with an acoustic makeover that has improved the experience of going to a play. Monday performances are cheaper.