Gate Theatre

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Gate Theatre

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Sunday 15 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

In 1786, a new two-storey assembly building, now the Gate Theatre, was built to the north of the Rotunda Hospital. The New Assembly Rooms, were designed by Richard Johnston, elder brother of Francis, which comprised of a Tea Room and Ballroom at ground floor level, and a Supper Room on the first floor. The first floor Supper Room was remodelled as the Gate Theatre by Michael Scott in 1930. The 2008 extension to the theatre by Scott Tallon Walker is sympathetic with the Georgian character of the building and attempts to link harmoniously with the use of smooth granite cladding and classical features to Cavendish Row. The whole building is unified with a neo-classical style, characteristic of public architecture of this date. The Gate Theatre contributes significantly to the eighteenth-century character of Parnell Square, Cavendish Row and the Rotunda complex.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Tours will be run on the hour, with the last one at 4pm. This tour is not suitable for children.

Designed by: Richard Johnston
Building Date: 1786
Location: Cavendish Row, Dublin 1

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