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“Michael and John's”

Smock Alley Theatre 1662
Ranked #100 of 546 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dublin's newest oldest theatre. Enjoys contemporary takes on the classic and the excitement of the emerging artist. Smock Alley was the first Theatre Royal built in Dublin. John Ogilby opened it in 1662 as part of the Restoration of the British monarchy and King Charles II in 1660, along with the London’s Drury Lane (1662) and the Lincoln’s Inn Fields (1661). It was the first custom-built theatre in the city and still remains in substantially the same form, making it one of the most important sites in European theatre history. For more than a century, Smock Alley put Irish theatre on the European map, acting as the very core of an Ireland striving to find its own voice. If we are to ask historically what makes theatre such an important part of culture today, we would need to go back more than two centuries before the founding of The Abbey Theatre, to the Smock Alley Theatre of the 17th century.
Reviewed October 16, 2013

great to see that the church was not demolished and is so wel preserved. lovely ceilings, and glass stained windows.
was there at a meeting and had lunch (free) but was not too impressed with food service, and staff were very frugal with theo portions. if you take a meat main course, don't look for rice as well, as you will be told it is only for the vegetarians, and there are more guests on the queue.

learned something that day, with the milk jugs had multi functions, milk spoons, stirrers, sugars.

Thank matt d
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Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

This place impressed us at many different levels. The beautiful stonework, it's historic significance as a both a church and a theatre and not to mention the quality of the theatre performance. Locals and non locals should visit.

Thank Cathal2000
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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Visited this venue as part of the 10 days in Dublin festival and was impressed by the warmth of the place.

The performance by Philipp Oberlohr was bewildering, entertainment of the highest order as he delved into the world of Séance.

Thank TheMayorofNantes
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Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

A very special theatre in Dublin that is definitely worth a visit. Was at an event in Oct in the ball room upstairs with beautiful old stonework and amazing stain glass windows. A hidden gem!

Thank CAST_13
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Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

4 of us attended a play here to a full house in February. The venue has a lovely atmosphere maybe because it was a theatre 200 years ago. Every seat has an excellent view of the stage and is well spaced for comfort and viewing. Will definitely visit again and would highly recommend. Excellent value.

Thank IrelandBee
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