Dublin Theatre Festival

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Country and Region IrelandDublin
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Multiple venues, Dublin, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Dublin Theatre Festival
44 East Essex Street
Temple Bar
Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone: (353) 1-677-8439
Fax: (353) 1-679-7709
Email: info@dublintheatrefestival.com

Festival Description

Using Dublin’s many theatres, the Festival brings together highly regarded theatrical works with emerging talent from around the world. You can also sample lectures, demonstrations, participate in a workshop, or see new works from the giants of the Irish theatre.

Dublin Theatre Festival is a world-class theater festival that showcases new plays by Irish authors and presents a range of productions from abroad. The Festival includes national and international productions and special events under “Theatre Olympics”, a diverse programme of special events and ancillary acivities that embellish and complement the main stage programme. 

Productions are drawn from all corners of the globe. The Abbey and the Gate theatres will present theatre premieres, award-winning plays and work by young directors. In addition there will be a showcase of works by women directors, and some of the most imaginative, provactive and audacious international theatre directors from around the world. These are only some of the highlights of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Festival Dates September 26 - October 13, 2013
Festival Links http://www.dublintheatrefestival.com

Festival Events:

Feature 2012:
    Presente by Tall Tales Theatre Company & Solstice Arts Centre present the as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2012
    • Opening October 10, at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
      DIRECTED by David Horan
      LIGHTING by Kevin Smith
      DESIGN by Maree Kearns
      SOUND by Trevor Knight
      With Anita Reeves, Stephen Brennan
      Previews October 4 – 6 at Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
      Previews October 9, opens October 10 – 14
  • Deirdre Kinahan’s (MOMENT, BOGBOY) bittersweet new play HALCYON DAYS features Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan in a celebration of the human spirit and our quest for meaning in even the most seemingly hopeless circumstance. Seán (Brennan) sits alone in a nursing-home conservatory, abandoned to his memories when in storms Patricia (Reeves), a feisty woman with a zest for life and for handsome men in wheelchairs. A wary intimacy soon develops between the two, an unforeseen relationship by turns charming and combative, tender and funny. Kinahan is one of Ireland’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights with MOMENT currently enjoying an extended run on its US premiere in Chicago after a sell-out run at London’s Bush Theatre, and both Hue and Cry and BOGBOY receiving critical acclaim in New York. HALCYON DAYS is infused with Kinahan’s hallmark wry humour and humanity which critics and audiences worldwide have come to admire. Directed by David Horan (MOMENT, Macbeth for Second Age), with lighting by Kevin Smith, design by Maree Kearns and original sound by composer Trevor Knight, HALCYON DAYS is a play about facing our fears and bucking against despair. A drama that will both uplift and inspire. Halcyon Days was originally developed as a short play for The Abbey Theatre’s Fairer Sex reading series (Salad Day) and subsequently developed by Tall Tales with the support of the Stewart Parker Trust.


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  • Slattery’s Sago Saga @ The Dublin Theatre Festival 2011
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WicfecSht-Y&feature;=email
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Practical Info:

Venues (more at the festival website):
  • http://www.dublintheatrefestival.com/venues/default.asp?m=d
  • Abbey Theatre
    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1 Ireland
    Phone: (353) 1-878-7222
    Email: info@abbeytheatre.ie
  • Gaiety Theatre
    South King Street
    Dublin 2 Ireland
    Phone: (353) 1-677-1717
    Email: info@gaietytheatre.net
  • Project Arts Centre
    39 East Essex Street
    Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Ireland
    Phone: (353) 1-881-9613
  • Tickets:
  • Buying
    Phone: (353) 1-677-8899
    Lines are open: 
Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 8:00pm 
Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm 
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Sunday 2nd and 9th October only 12noon-3pm 
Phone bookings are subject to an administration fee of €2 per ticket * Box office: 44 East Essex St, Temple Bar (opposite the rear of The Clarence Hotel) 
Tickets bought in person from the Festival Box Office are not subject to an administration fee. * Online: Follow the link from the Festival website
Web bookings are subject to a fee of €2.50 per ticket

    • Concessions are available in person for senior citizens, unemployed, and full-time students with appropriate ID.
    • A group discount is available on all performances. Please contact the Box Office for details.
    • The Ticket Assistance programme highlights and targets community groups and organisations that would usually not be able to afford to attend Festival events, and offers them reduced-priced tickets to shows within the Festival. These groups include welfare and womens’ groups, parent support groups,refugee associations, disadvantaged children and their guardians, special needs groups and their carers, and registered charities.If you are involved in a group that could benefit from Ticket Assistance and would like to find out more, please contact Jessica Hilliard on 01 677 8439 or via email jessica@dublintheatrefestival.com
    • Gift vouchers for €30, €50 and €100 are available by calling 01 677 8439
    • Refunds
      Dublin Theatre Festival has a no refund or exchange policy on all tickets purchased.
      Family Friendly
    • The Dublin Theatre Festival and The Ark team up to present the Family Season, presenting productions aimed at children of all ages.


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