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Abbey Theatre

26 Lower Abbey St., Dublin 1, Ireland (North City Centre)
+353 1 878 7222
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Ranked #18 of 279 attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Owner description: The Abbey Theatre's founders W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory had the vision to 'bring upon the stage the deeper thoughts and emotions of Ireland'. Today... more » Owner description: The Abbey Theatre's founders W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory had the vision to 'bring upon the stage the deeper thoughts and emotions of Ireland'. Today in our 110th anniversary year that mission is alive and well. Our ambitious artistic programme of classic Irish drama to new Irish writing holds a mirror up to Irish society. Over the years, the Abbey has nurtured and premiered the work of major Irish playwrights such as Marina Carr, Frank Mc Guinness, Tom Murphy and a new generation of writers such as Richard Dormer, Stacey Gregg, Nancy Harris and Elaine Murphy. We also nurture a new generation of Irish artists through our artistic development programmes and commitment to discovering new acting, writing and directing talent. « less
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

loved the play but was disappointed that there wasn't much history of the Abbey Theatre either in the lobby or with available information. More modern then I expected. Affordable compared to New York City theatre prices. The Gate theatre had more atmosphere

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We saw a production of King Lear. Imaginative, moving, powerful work. Make time to take in a show, and appreciate this gem of Ireland.

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Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Wonderful Theatre. Good traditional Irish Play Aristocrats by Brian by Brian Friel with excellent cast. Got tickets the day of performance.

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Fundao, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

great to be able to see a play by a modern Irish playwright in this , the national theatre of ireland

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We discovered on arriving in Dublin that there was a first night at the Abbey that evening before a mainly invited audience in the presence of the Irish President. It was revival of ARISTOCRATS by Brian Friel and the prospect of a Friel first night at the Abbey was irresistible. At he theatre, I was told it was full, but... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The facility is great, and historic. The acting was superb. I didn't really like the play we saw. I visited the Abbey Theatre 13 years ago and had the same experience!

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We saw Aristocrats, which we enjoyed, but our motive for going was because the theatre is so iconic. The foyer is somewhat cramped with limited seating which meant a lot of milling before the performance, and the loos are possibly the smallest I've ever seen, with barely room to stand to close the cubicle door. However, the auditorium, which is... More

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Have been to a number of plays and all have been great. Have to recommend this as the plays they have on are always a great view and from really good playwrights

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

So glad we decided to see a play here during our visit to Dublin. The quality of the theater (acting, production, design) was top notch.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Like another reviewer, we saw Twelfth Night. However we enjoyed the innovative performance. It was enhanced by the fact we did the backstage tour that afternoon and learned a lot about how the performance was put together . Our tour guide was Colin who was fantastic. In between the tour and the performance we went around the corner to Lanigan's... More

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