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Abbey Theatre

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Neighbourhood: North City Centre
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Address: 26 Lower Abbey St., Dublin D01 K0F1, Ireland
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+353 1 878 7222
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
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The Abbey Theatre's founders W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory had the vision to...

The Abbey Theatre's founders W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory had the vision to 'bring upon the stage the deeper thoughts and emotions of Ireland'. Our ambitious artistic programme of classic Irish drama and new Irish writing holds a mirror up to Irish society. Over the years, the Abbey has nurtured and premiered the work of major Irish playwrights such as Marina Carr, Frank McGuinness, Tom Murphy and a new generation of writers such as Richard Dormer, Stacey Gregg, Nancy Harris and Elaine Murphy. We also nurture a new generation of Irish artists through our artistic development programmes and commitment to discovering new acting, writing and directing talent.

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Tina's Idea of Fun

Late review-visited the Abbey May of 2016 for their production of Tina's Idea of Fun. We really had no idea what to expect from the play but it was between that and Othello, and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Bend, Oregon
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Late review-visited the Abbey May of 2016 for their production of Tina's Idea of Fun. We really had no idea what to expect from the play but it was between that and Othello, and we can go anywhere to see Shakespeare so we decided to try something a little more obscure. Interesting play for sure. The actors were fantastic, it... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks so much for telling us about your experience at 'Tina's Idea of Fun' last summer on the Peacock stage. All the best, Elaine More 

Dublin, Ireland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed the play Anna Karenina until the interval. Unfortunately I spent the interval queing for the ladies toilet. There are two ladies toilets up stairs and two downstairs. Absolutely disgraceful. I queue was then formed to use the gents toilet which had only one toilet. The play had to be delayed while all the ladies made their way back... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Many thanks for your feedback. On behalf of the Abbey, I would like to offer our apologies for the delay you experienced during you recent visit whilst waiting to use the bathroom facilities. Waiting times can be exasperated when we have a full house as was the case for your recent visit to see Anna Karenina. We appreciate that this... More 

Co Down
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the powerful production of Anna Karenina. The cast maintained the usual high Abbey standard of performance throughout this marathon. A wonderful theatre with a great atmosphere. It was such a pity that several members of the audience, in spite of the request announced before the performance, failed to turn off their mobile phones, some even making use... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for letting us know that you enjoyed our production of Anna Karenina Our audiences’ enjoyment of a show is our absolute priority, and we endeavor to do as much as possible when situations occur that might distract patrons and actors alike. In relation to the issue of mobile phones ringing, we make every effort to ensure that all... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

I'm biased because I love theatre - and I'm giving the Abbey 5 stars even though I didn't like either of the plays that I saw there. But that's theatre. You take a risk. You have a cultural experience. You find out more about the people and the places you're visiting. And if you're lucky, you'll have a magical experience.... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Ann, Thanks for your review. Great to hear that you consider the Abbey a must see experience and that the performances are stellar even if you're not a fan of the play! We hope you'll visit us again throughout the year. All the best, Elaine More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

A brilliant play by Marina Carr. The Actors were wonderful. I missed having a set to look at but, at the same time, because the stage was pretty bare for the most part, it forced you to focus on the actors and their performances, they were compelling. A tragic love story of loving, hating and wanting too much. For the... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed our production of Anna Karenina. Our audience are telling us that the running time is soon forgotten as they are absorbed in the story. We hope you'll visit us again. All the best, Elaine More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

It was amazing play. Actors are high professionals, decorations, costumes, atmosphere transfer you to that times. I was there with friend and we enjoyed it very much!

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Jennifer, Delighted to hear you and your friend enjoyed your recent visit to the Abbey Theatre. Hope you'll be back soon! All the best, Elaine More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I was very fortunate to be in attendance for Brendan's 80th Birthday celebration. It was truly a memorable evening with an excellent Master of Ceremonies in Seamus Hosey. While Brendan has not been well for some time he was present in all his glory to enchant the huge audience with readings from his own collection of poetry. There was singing,... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi John, Thank - you for your comments. It was a very fitting tribute to celebrate Brendan Kennelly's 80th birthday in the company of his family and friends and we're delighted you enjoyed it. We hope you'll visit us again in 2017. All the best, Elaine More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

very helpful staff from booking and the the show Donegal was excellent. loved the theatre seating and sound quality, i'd like to see another show there.

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your recent visit to the Abbey Theatre. Hopefully, you'll visit us again throughout 2017. All the best Elaine More 

Cluain Dolcáin, Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I used to be a regular theatre goer but deserted the Abbey further to a miss in variety and the fact the place had become unappealing considering it is the National Theatre of Ireland. However I chanced it again a few years back and have since seen great productions such as Donegal, a musical, why not and Anna Karenina last... More 

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your recent experiences at the Abbey Theatre. Hopefully, you'll visit us again throughout 2017. All the best Elaine More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Attended Anna Karenina at the Abbey Theatre Dublin on Monday night 12.12.16. It was a stunning production with minimal props and the acting was wonderful . Despite it's length, 3 1/2 hours with one break, it kept me enthralled and I hardly noticed the time passing. It got a well deserved standing ovation at the end.

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Elaine M, Manager at Abbey Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Eithne Great to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Abbey Theatre to see Anna Karenina Hopefully, you'll visit us again throughout 2017. All the best Elaine More 

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