Abbey Theatre Tour - Open House Dublin 2022
Building Tour

Abbey Theatre Tour

Michael Scott
Abbey Theatre, Abbey Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1
9.45am – 10.15am
10.15am – 10.45am
10.45am – 11.15am
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An external view of the Abbey Theatre. Photographed from across the street, it shows both the main entrance and glass portico on Marlborough Street, and the entrance to the Peacock Theatre on Abbey Street. The LUAS tram is passing by on Abbey Street, and the image is taken at dusk. A large theatre auditorium, with tiered seats (red in colour) and wood panelling on the walls. There are theatre lights in the ceiling above.

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. 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.

This tour will offer a special look at the building that has been the Abbey’s home for more than five decades and has provided the stage for many memorable productions and performances.


Accessibility Information

There are no steps at our main entrance, the foyer is fully accessible from street level. The doors can open to accommodate wheelchair users.

The Abbey auditorium is accessible via the foyer with no intervening steps. There are two designated spaces available for wheelchair users inside the auditorium.

The Abbey stage is not wheelchair accessible. Depending on the set design at the time, the floor may either have varying height level or be an uneven surface.

The Peacock auditorium is partially accessible for wheelchair users. The auditorium is located at basement level and an elevator is available. There are two wheelchair accessible spaces with adjacent companion seats situated to the left of the auditorium. These can be accessed via a ramp with an automated door.

The Peacock stage is not wheelchair accessible.

One partially accessible wheelchair toilet is located in the Abbey foyer.

One wheelchair accessible toilet is located in the Peacock foyer.

There is no lift available in the main Abbey building.


Photography Credit
© Image 1: Ste Murray / Image 2: Ros Kavanagh

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