The oldest event of its type in Europe, Dublin Theatre Festival celebrates the best of Irish & foreign playwrights in some of the city’s best venues. Due to mark its 61st anniversary in 2018, the festival has grown into a mainstay of Ireland’s cultural calendar. Over 18 days, the programme includes emerging and established performers in dance, music and theatre and also offers illuminating panel discussions and artist talks. Check out the 2018 programme upon its release on the festival website. Performances at last year’s festival included Michael Keegan Dolan’s interpretation of Swan Lake and brand new production of Don Giovanni by Opera Theatre Company.
The 2018 Dublin Theatre Festival with performances taking place at various venues throughout the city, including the Civic Theatre, The Chocolate Factory and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. You can find booking information on the festival website. Ticket prices vary according to performance, venue and date. If you’d like to attend this exciting festival, fly into Dublin International Airport and take the airport coach into the city centre. From there, you can use the Luas tram system or the efficient bus network to get you around the theatre venues.
One of the highlights of the Theatre Festival is the annual Gala Night which typically features a sumptuous dinner and cocktails together with readings and performances from acclaimed actors. The aim of the event is to raise funds for the festival, which is a registered charity, in order that it can support emerging artists within the arts. Last year’s event featured a tribute to Sinead Cusack for her contribution made to Irish Theatre over the years. If you’d like to attend the star-studded Gala Night during your visit, please head to the festival website where you can book your tickets.
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Wherever you head to in Dublin, there will be plenty to keep you occupied. Make sure you leave time to check out: Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the National Botanic Garden.
To find out more information about the theatre festival, please head to the official website where you’ll be able to view the full programme of events, book tickets and reserve your place for Gala Night.
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