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Abbey Theatre

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Address: 26 Lower Abbey St., Dublin D01 K0F1, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 878 7222
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The Abbey Theatre's founders W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory had the vision to...

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'. Our ambitious artistic programme of classic Irish drama and 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 McGuinness, 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.

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A bit of magic and a link with Irish Cultural Heritage

The Abbey Theatre has been part of the story of the Irish Republic since before the Republic came to be. Founded by WB Yeats and others, it is one of the oldest national theatres... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Abbey Theatre has been part of the story of the Irish Republic since before the Republic came to be. Founded by WB Yeats and others, it is one of the oldest national theatres in the world and surely one with the strongest claim to have shaped a country through the arts. I went to see 'Observe the Sons of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I got a last-minute ticket to a fine drama set in WWI. I felt like I was beholding an Irish treasure by attending a performance. The tickets are very reasonable, and the quality of the production was stellar!

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit. Delighted to hear that you enjoyed our production of 'Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme'. It is a major new co-production of this iconic war play by Frank McGuinness. All the best, Elaine More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are visiting Dublin you must visit the national theatre. Beautiful setting, every seat is a good seat. This is serious theatre so don't have your mobile phone on, don't talk to your partner and for god's sake don't eat noise sweets. I had all these at last night's Observe the Sons of Ulster. Brilliant play, great set, great... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for telling us about your recent experiences at the Abbey Theatre and for your continued support of Ireland’s national theatre. Over the next few months, we will be reviewing our visitor experience as we want to ensure we are meeting our audience expectations and we will make sure to include your valuable suggestions. All the best, Elaine More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent play and very well cast. The tale is woven evenly and not a single dull moment. The Lambeg drums add greatly to the atmosphere.Voice clarity of actors 100%. Only downside of evening is having to sit during interval and whilst having post theatre drink on those horrid little stools. Not suitable for Abbey's mature following. Please update seating in... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi, Delighted that you enjoyed our production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. Also, thanks for your constructive comments regarding the seating in the bar. I will ensure our visitor experience team are aware of your feedback. All the best, Elaine More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Though not Yeats' Abbey Theatre, the current modern edifice is making history by promoting the current generation of theatre talent. On three separate visits I have enjoyed three very different offerings from The Big House to Tom Murphy's The Wake. I each case the production values and quality of performance were top drawer. The theatre itself is modern and convenient,... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for getting in contact. We take great pride in the quality of our productions and want our audience to experience the best of Irish theatre. I will ensure that your feedback is reviewed at the next team training session to role play dealing with the situation should it arise again. All the best, Elaine More 

Drogheda, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to see this play in the abbey theatre excellent view brilliant play stunning performances absolutely brilliant

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your visit to the Abbey Theatre. We hope to see you again later in 2016. All the best, Elaine More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This production was marvelous. The actors must have been physically and mentally drained at the end of the evening. I have rcommended it to all my friends. Wonderful,

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Anne, We are very proud of the cast on stage for The Wake. Both audiences and reviewers share your opinion. Hopefully, you'll visit us again. All the best, Elaine More 

New Ross, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were given a very confusing announcement before the play that it was delayed in starting for technical reasons and then that it was starting with some changes to the presentation . So we were given to expect something amiss. This was very badly handled . I found the set rather dreary ... Always in a gloom ......and found Aishling's... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Sean, Sorry to hear that The Wake wasn't for you. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Abbey Theatre in the near future. All the best, Elaine More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We're in Dublin for 2 nights and decided to see what was on in its 2 theatres. Good play in Abbey. Good production. Staff excellent. We had booked tickets in a faraway place but we're exchanged for better seats when we arrived as there had been some returns.

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for getting in contact. We take great care of our audience and want you to have an enjoyable night out while seeing a world class production on stage. All the best, Elaine More 

Thunder Bay Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We arrived early at the Theatre and went downstairs to the attached coffee shop ( The Peacock Cafe). They had great soup and dessert, accompanied by a nice glass of wine. It was upstairs then for a pre show drink and chat with one of the staff about the theatre itself. The play, THE WAKE, was very engaging and entertaining.... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your lovely feedback! Our visitor service team take great pride in their work. The Wake by Tom Murphy is a brilliant critique of the materialism of Irish life and our audience really responded to it this summer. All the best, Elaine More 

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