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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 #17 of 281 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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Phoenix
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We were sitting in the Oval Pub off O'Connell Street and saw a flyer for a Shaw play at the Abbey. Showtime was in 20 minutes. Theatre was, we were told, a 10 minute walk away. What the heck. We strolled down, received a friendly and excellent summary of the play by the young man at the ticket booth, got... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I worried that I would not have a good seat (for London, I rely on theatremonkey.com) - needlessly. The rows are steeply banked so even for someone short like me, there was an unimpeded view of the stage. I purchased my ticket online, it was easy and there was only a small fee (€1.50, I think) for the booking. I... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Stunning piece of theatre - captured a time, the language brought me back to my grandmothers phrases and speech, not sure if the young students there could really comprehend that the play did reflect the time in which it was written. Re-booked to go to next staging. Amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I attended the June 2014 performance of Twelfth Night. I also took the Abbey Theater tour that afternoon. The tour greatly enriched the theater experience. (Note: I've spent many years as a stage manager for dance and theatrical performances, so I'm prone to love things like this). I'm not sure why a previous reviewer felt uncomfortable in this area. I... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A great venue with good seats throughout, and the place to see the work of the great Irish playwrights.

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Enniskerry Wicklow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I visited the Abbey today after a long absence slightly aprehensive not really knowing what the Shaw play was about. Now it was a wonderful production with wonderful acting. The sets and costumes were superb and it was a thoroughly wonderful performance. My only comment was the second act was perhaps a bit too long., but otherwise nationals and visitors... More

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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What a wonderful experience! Once I got into the Irish brogue (dialect/accent) I totally enjoyed the play, which was live. The actors/actresses were excellent. This is the oldest theater in Dublin and well worth a visit.

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Abbey Theatre, especially on Opening Night, is always fizzing with excitement and anticipation and so it was for the opening night of Shaw's "Heartbreak House". It's quite an early start (at 7.30 pm if you are rushing from a busy work day) but necessary as the performance does not finish until approx. 10.20pm. It is worth booking your refreshments... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I saw Twelfth Night here a few months back and it was my first time in there. There is great visibility from most if not all of the seats with the huge open plan tiered seating. Not having an upper circle, balcony etc is great in that the views are so much better for all. The show was incredible as... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

A grand old theater, worth seeing a performance at. Try to get a box seat, where you'll get a great view. The orchestra rear seats on the second level have undesirable views.

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