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The History of Gaiety Theatre

For 142 years The Gaiety Theatre has given the people of Dublin opera, musicals, drama, revues, comedy, concerts, dance, festivals and pantomime. Amid the laughter and tears, through times of war and times of affluence, The Grand Old Lady of South King Street has remained a vital and ever changing expression of Irish culture and Irish society. Long home to the familiar faces of Maureen Potter, Niall Toibin, John B. Keane, Anna Manahan, Des Keogh and Rosaleen Linehan, whose bronze handprints are set into the pavement in front the theatre, together with those of Luciano Pavarotti and Brian Friel, are testament to the longstanding association these great artists have had with Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre. Why not stay at the North Star Hotel, one of Dublins Hotels near Gaiety Theatre.

Since the glamorous night of its opening on 27th November, 1871, with the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland as guest of honour and a double bill of Goldsmith’s evergreen comedy She Stoops to Conquer followed by the tuneful burlesque La Belle Sauvage, The Gaiety Theatre has remained true to the vision of its founders in presenting the highest quality musical and dramatic entertainment.

The Building

“A landmark cultural facility with a rich and varied history… of bringing world-class entertainment to the people of Ireland.” John O’Donoghue TD, former Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism.

The theatre has also earned its pride by bringing international stars such a Julie Andrews, Spike Milligan, Joan Rivers and Peter Ustinov to Dublin while continuing to champion the talents of Irish icons such as The Dubliners and The Chieftains.

The Structure

If stones could speak the sturdy walls of The Gaiety Theatre would be excused for indulging in a lengthy monologue of name-dropping, for the house has witnessed the comings and goings of more famous figures and faces of the musical and dramatic stage than any building in this country. The Gaiety Theatre’s present owners, Denis and Caroline Desmond have instituted an extensive conservation programme.


In 2003, the owners, Denis and Caroline Desmond, invested over €2.15 million in the biggest restoration programme The Gaiety Theatre had seen in over 50 years including the installation of an air conditioning system and new seating with increased leg room for improved patron comfort.

The latest, and most substantial restorations were undertaken in 2007. The theatre’s stage has been completely rebuilt, the orchestra pit enlarged, the scenery flying accommodations improved and a new and taller tower and operating and loading galleries have been built. These improvements have greatly enhanced the production capacity of the Gaiety, making it possible for patrons to see very large scale Irish and international productions.

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The Gaiety Theatre - seating plan

The Gaiety Theatre - Calendar of events

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Upcoming Events

January 2018

  • Sive 26th January 2018- 3rd March 2018
  • March 2018
  • Hedda Gabler 6th March – 10th March  2018
  • Thriller Live 12th-18th March 2018
  • ART 19th March-24th March 2018
  • BOOM ?26th March-31st March 2018

April 2018

  • The Rat Pack 2nd-7th April 2018
  • Ross O’Carroll – Kelly’s Postcards from the Ledge 9th April -14th April 2018
  • Mozart’s  The Marriage of Figaro  17th April-21st  2018
  • The Plough and the Stars 24th April-5th May 2018

May 2018

  • Maeve Bingy’s Minding Frankie 8th May -12th May 2018
  • Derren Brown :Underground 15th May-19th May 2018
  • Mario Rosenstock – In Your Face 24th-26th May 2018

June 2018

  • The Kite Runner 4th June -9th June 2018
  • Riverdance 2018 12th June -9th September 2018
  • November 2018
  • The Snow Queen 25th  November – 6th January 2019


The Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Box Office: 0818 719388

Group Bookings Information: +353 (1) 648 6029

Wheelchair & Box Bookings: +353(1) 679 5622


 Located within 20 minutes walking distance of the North Star Hotel