Abbey Theatre, Dublin City
In 1903, W.B. Yeats and Lady August Gregory founded the Abbey Theatre. With patronage from Miss Annie Horniman, they purchased a premises on Old Abbey Street, which would become the Abbey Theatre, first opening its doors on December 27th 1904. Today, the Abbey Theatre strives to invest in and promote new Irish writers and artists and to produce an annual programme of diverse, engaging, innovative Irish and international theatre.
In 1925, after being given a subsidy by the new free State, the Abbey Theatre became the first ever state-subsidised theatre in the English speaking world. In 1951, in a tragic turn of events, the original building of the Abbey Theatre were damaged by fire, after which the Abbey relocated to the Queen’s Theatre. Fifteen years later, 18 July 1966, the Abbey returned home to its original site, now with a redesign from Michael Scott.
Getting a glimpse behind the curtain and beyond the footlights, on the Abbey Theatre Backstage tours you’ll be given a brief introduction to the history of the National Theatre; get the chance to the tread the boards of the Abbey Stage; and take a look behind the scenes to experience the creative process. Tours take place on Thursday at noon and must be pre-booked. Tours outside of this time may be accommodated but must be agreed at the time of booking. Some areas of the backstage are not accessible to wheelchair users.
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