Open House Dublin: Abbey Theatre Tour
16 October 2021
Date: 16 October
Tickets: Free, but ticketed
Tour times: 10am, 11am, 12pm
Duration: 30 minutes
This tour is fully accessible. If you have any questions, please call our Box Office on 01 87 87 222.
Please note: Entry to the Abbey Theatre is conditional on the health guidelines at the time of the event, and not at the time of booking. Any updated conditions of entry will be notified to guests in advance of the performance.
For Open House Dublin 2021, join us in person for a special look at the Abbey Theatre building
The Abbey Theatre first opened in 1904, but the original building was badly damaged by fire in 1951. The current building opened in July 1966 and was designed by Michael Scott and Partners. It occupied the same site as the original theatre, and was in the architectural style of austere modernism, influenced by the work of Mies van der Rohe. It has been the Abbey’s home for 55 years and has provided the stage for many memorable productions and performances.
A portico by McCullough Mulvin Architects was added in 1990 and the main auditorium was re-configured in 2007 by John Keogan Architects with designer Jean Guy Lecat.
Part of Open House 2021, this tour of the Abbey Theatre is led by Aisling Joyce (architect, Scott Tallon Walker) and James Hickson (Abbey Theatre). It will explore the character, challenges and achievements of the current building, while also looking to the past and future of the site.