Gaiety Theatre

Accommodation Near the Gaiety Theatre

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


Upcoming Events


October 2018

  • Bluebeards Castle 12th-14th October 2018
  • Tom Crean –Antarctic Explorer 15th-20th October 2018
  • The Simon and Garfunkel Story 29th October-3rd November 2018

November 2018

  • The Matchmaker 5th-10th November 2018
  • The Nutcracker 14th November – 17th November 2018
  • The Snow Queen 25th  November – 6th January 2019 

January 2019

  • 25th January – 1st March The Cripple of Inishmaan

March 2019

  • 12th March – 16th March 2019 The Mirror Crack’d
  • Madagascar The Musical 26th March -31st March 2019

April 2019

  • 1st April – 6th April 2019 Menopause the Musical

May 2019

  • The Comedy about a Bank Robbery 7th May-11th May 2019

June 2019

  • 11th June – 15th September 2019 Riverdance 2019

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