Abbey Theatre Archive

The Archive collects, preserves and makes available material of enduring value relating to the Abbey Theatre. Comprising over one million items, dating from 1894 to the present, it is one of the world’s most significant theatre collections. It includes posters, programmes, photographs, lighting plans, set and costume designs, scripts, audio and audio-visual files, administrative records and other material.

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Browse Performance Database

The Performance Database contains details of almost all Abbey Theatre productions from 1904 onwards. Learn more

NUI Galway Digitisation Project

The Abbey Theatre and NUI Galway have come together to digitise the Abbey Theatre Archive for future generations. Learn more

Oral History Project

Listen to actors, writers, directors and staff sharing first-hand experiences and memories of the Abbey Theatre. Learn more

110 years of the Abbey Theatre

The Abbey Theatre captures 110 unique moments of life on and off stage to celebrate its 110th anniversary year. Learn more

Archive of the month

The Goldfish In The Sun 1950 (Abbey)

Monday to Saturday evening performances for four weeks. This run was interrupted with a single night performance of “An Posadh”,">Read More

Recently Added to Archives

Ray McAnally and Máire Ní Dhomhnaill in WINTER WEDDING by Tomás MacAnna, directed by Frank Dermody, the Abbey at the Queen’s Theatre, 1956.

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