Smock Alley Theatre
Dublin’s oldest new theatre
In an unassuming location, tucked in behind the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar, Smock Alley Theatre can only be described as one of the hidden gems of the Irish theatrical scene.
Smock Alley Theatre has one of the most diverse histories of any theatre in Dublin. Opened in 1660s as Dublin’s Theatre Royal, this would have been one of the most lavish theatres of its time, playing host to many of the leading lights of Irish theatre at the time, including Peg Woffington and the playwright Sheridan.
The theatre was forced to close its doors in 1787, thanks to a number of structural issues and increased rivalry in the locality. It was later purchased by the Catholic church and rebuilt for this purpose- only returning to its theatrical roots with a restoration in 2012.
With a number of different stages, the theatre has become synonymous with dance, theatre, art, creativity and even craft fairs. Many of the fittings from the theatre’s time as a church have been retained, which naturally add an impressive backdrop to the performances hosted within its walls.
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