Smock Alley Theatre 1662

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Smock Alley Theatre 1662

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Saturday 14 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 15 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Smock Alley Theatre lies in an unassuming part of Dublin city. Nestled on the banks of the River Liffey in a quiet part of Temple Bar you would be forgiven for thinking it a quiet little building. But its foundations lie in the oldest part of our city. We stand next to the founding site of Dublin, where battles raged amongst Celtic settlers and marauding Vikings. And, in turn, settled Vikings tried in vain to defend attacks from invading Normans. By the time our theatre was built we were part of the Kingdom of England and were under the rule of King Charles II. The city was one of the most important in the Kingdom, so much so, that it was given its own Theatre Royal. Indeed, we were the first and only Theatre Royal ever to be built outside the great walls of London.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Access may be restricted for certain spaces due to theatre performances, but most areas will be open to the public.

Designed by: Unknown
Building Date: 1661
Location: 6-7 Lower Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

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