Abbey Theatre
Abbey Theatre
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
As Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey Theatre’s ambition is to enrich the cultural lives of everyone with a curiosity for and interest in Irish theatre, stories, artists and culture. Backstage Tours Ever wondered exactly what is involved in creating a theatre production? Or what happens behind-the-scenes while you are watching a performance? This is your chance to step on stage and see your national theatre in a new light. Explore the building, the artwork, and the current shows, as our guides pull back the curtain to bring the history and the heart of the Abbey to life. Walking Tours Swap the auditorium for Dublin’s streets, riverside, and parks with this guided outdoor Walking Tour. Discover how all the world’s a stage, as we reveal connections to the past, present, and future of Irish theatre all around town.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: North City Centre
How to get there
  • Abbey St • 1 min walk
  • Busáras • 6 min walk
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  • L R
    Victoria, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abbey Theatre Tour
    Took the backstage theatre tour with Daragh. He was engaging, knowledgeable and personable. He took the time to show us a little extra here and there. An absolute must see for theatre lovers. Highly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Monica J
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abbey Theatre's little failing.
    Attended Shadow of a gunman tonight which proved a most enjoyable experience. Good direction & acting almost flawless. Casting & performance of Minnie Powell bordered on caricture which fid not work. Arrived 15 minutes before curtain & found it almost impossible to purchase a programme. They were on sale at bar and box office but long queues at both. Lady checking tickets told me I could get one on WAY OUT. Take a leaf from Gate & have them on sale-tap only- near entrance doors. A good night nevertheless.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California3,570 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good theatre and show
    A modern theatre. Its exterior has some cool lighting on show nights. Interior is nice and modern too. However, interior lobbies are small and crowded. Not sure why they hold all patrons till right before the show creating a back-up as tickets are scanned…Take away a star. Seats are comfortable and not a bad seat in the house. Fantastic performance of Somewhere out there is you. Yes, I’d so return for shows here.
    Hi Summerasalifestyle Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're delighted you enjoyed the show. We like to keep the auditorium empty as close to the show as possible to give the actors time to warm up but we appreciate the feedback. Kind Regards The Abbey Theatre
    Written 10 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Jim W
    Sindelfingen, Germany7,363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Theater At Is Best!
    My wife and I love theater. During our Ireland tour, we missed out on the opportunity to see a little theater production in Galway. However, when we could spend our last night in Dublin at the Abbey Theater, we jumped at the chance. We had no idea of how good or how strong the cast would be for Girl On An Altar. Suffice it to say, we had an emotional workout in the audience. I do not know how the actors could portray such an intensity of raw emotions day after day. This truly was a Greek tragedy in the truest sense. I do not know how long this play is lasting, but go see it! The theater alone is amazing with such history. Thank you Dublin and thank you Abbey Theater for a perfect last night in Ireland.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • SupurgessiYoncadan
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Back Stage Tour of the Abbey Theater Dublin
    Backstage Tour of the Abbey. I chose to take a backstage tour of the Abbey when I saw it advertised on its website and considered it as a great opportunity to have a better time travel experience to revisit a curiosity about the venue dormant in me all this time. When I was young, millions of years ago, going to the theatre was for the privileged. For 1970s kids at least. These things are in social cycles over history others would argue. The last time I was at the Abbey was 43 years to the day, so I booked it for the same date as the visit in 1980 when I was brought on a school event to see a play. I wanted to line up the date then and now and explore what I was going to feel on this occasion about the experience to the Abbey. I was right in my silent expectation in that it has something special about it. The tour guide Darragh is a Supreme Master of the ceremony. He greeted everyone arriving for the tour, instantly made us all feel welcome as the group was of mixed nationality. His knowledge and style of talking and taking us through the tour was first class. His patience and courtesy to all was impeccable. There would not be enough time to answer all the questions we had but he had certainly triggered much for us to want us to learn more. He covered history, politics, technical details of stage work, showed us the actual structure back stage , explained the work involved in setting up a stage production, acoustics, props, portraits , play performances, famous people, all telescoped into an excellent tour. He is first class professional tour guide and wish to thank him for making my visit as special as it was on December 2nd 1980, 43 years previously. He is surely an agent and Lord of time travel if he can succeed in doing what I had hoped to experience on my visit which I had specially planned in advance.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 December 2023
  • mary c
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fabulous Saturday morning experience at the Abbey Theatre.
    Just completed a backstage tour with Darragh at the Abbey, loved it. Darragh was very well informed and really connected with the group, sharing all the titbits of information and so relaxed. It really was a thrill to stand on the Abbey stage.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Jim Q
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Abbey Backstage Tour
    Amazing experience on the Abbey Theatre Backstage tour. It was well worth it, hugely informative and such a great piece of Irish culture. Our tour guide Daragh was brilliant, he made it entertaining and engaging. He added lots of his own personal stories about the Abbey and many plays which greatly enhanced the overall experience. I felt like an awestruck child getting to peer behind the wizards' curtain.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 March 2024
  • Elizabeth M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abbey Backstage Tour
    On 15/03/2024 a few friends and I did the backstage Abbey Tour. Our tour guide Daragh's breadth of knowledgeable of the theatre's interesting history was really impressive, and the entire tour very entertaining. We had a terrific time! I highly recommend taking this tour, you will not be disappointed!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 March 2024
  • Geraldine K
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An exceptional tour
    We did the backstage tour with Jen. It was way beyond what we imagined. Jens enthusiasm and knowledge without a doubt made the tour for us. Even if you are not a regular theatre goer like us it is well worth visiting our national theatre. To be surrounded by so much history and that history conveyed in such an informed way was a morning well spent!! Thank you Jen and thank you Abbey Theatre. It has given us the push to make more of an effort to ho to more productions not only in the Abbey but in other theatres too.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 April 2024
  • elizabeth g
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely surprise
    We stopped by just after the amazing GPO tour and to our surprise, Daragh offered us an impromptu tour! He shared the connection of the theater to the Easter Uprising in 1916 - a fantastic story. He was kind and so very knowledgable and even got us into the theater for a few minutes during a rehearsal...my sister in law who teaches voice and theater was so moved she was in tears. A highlight of our trip!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 April 2024
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Beth F
1 contribution
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May 2024 • Family
Daragh was a great tour guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable and informative. We left with a whole new perspective about the arts in Ireland and especially the history of the Abbey theater!
Written 21 May 2024
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JoB
Dublin, Ireland135 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
This is a tour of the theatre, not a comment on a performance. This tour is an opportunity to learn about the genesis of the theatre and to explore both the public and some of the backstage areas at a time when the theatre is closed. It is a fascinating tour and gives a great insight into the challenges involved in working in a very confined space where most of the space is occupied with the seating. Our guide was Daragh who was knowledgeable and entertaining and gave us a most interesting 1.5 hour tour.
Written 6 May 2024
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elizabeth g
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Apr 2024 • Family
We stopped by just after the amazing GPO tour and to our surprise, Daragh offered us an impromptu tour! He shared the connection of the theater to the Easter Uprising in 1916 - a fantastic story. He was kind and so very knowledgable and even got us into the theater for a few minutes during a rehearsal...my sister in law who teaches voice and theater was so moved she was in tears. A highlight of our trip!
Written 28 April 2024
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Anastasija A
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We did the backstage tour with Daragh this April. The guide was excellent: engaging, funny, and had lots of information for us, while also answering every question in details. My friend and I had the best time, thank you!
Written 17 April 2024
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Geraldine K
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We did the backstage tour with Jen. It was way beyond what we imagined. Jens enthusiasm and knowledge without a doubt made the tour for us. Even if you are not a regular theatre goer like us it is well worth visiting our national theatre. To be surrounded by so much history and that history conveyed in such an informed way was a morning well spent!! Thank you Jen and thank you Abbey Theatre. It has given us the push to make more of an effort to ho to more productions not only in the Abbey but in other theatres too.
Written 6 April 2024
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Elizabeth M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
On 15/03/2024 a few friends and I did the backstage Abbey Tour. Our tour guide Daragh's breadth of knowledgeable of the theatre's interesting history was really impressive, and the entire tour very entertaining. We had a terrific time! I highly recommend taking this tour, you will not be disappointed!
Written 19 March 2024
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Jim Q
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing experience on the Abbey Theatre Backstage tour. It was well worth it, hugely informative and such a great piece of Irish culture. Our tour guide Daragh was brilliant, he made it entertaining and engaging. He added lots of his own personal stories about the Abbey and many plays which greatly enhanced the overall experience. I felt like an awestruck child getting to peer behind the wizards' curtain.
Written 15 March 2024
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Deborah K
Minneapolis, MN236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Wonderful theatre, wonderful productions. We had fabulous seats, and sat next to a very nice gentleman who said he tried to see every show there, and told us lots about the theatre. A night we will never forget!
Written 25 January 2024
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mary c
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Just completed a backstage tour with Darragh at the Abbey, loved it.
Darragh was very well informed and really connected with the group, sharing all the titbits of information and so relaxed.
It really was a thrill to stand on the Abbey stage.
Written 6 January 2024
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The live stage performance was king in the days before movies, television, the streaming internet, and our over-saturated digital-visual society. The genesis of the Abbey Theater, Ireland's premier playhouse, began in the late 1890’s and like many historical events, can be traced to several influential people. Chief among these were the playwrights Lady Gregory, W.B. Yeats, Edward Martin, John Synge, and George William Russell, who formed the Irish National Theater Society in 1903. With funding from Annie Horniman, a wealthy British theater enthusiast, they purchased the original Abbey Theater that year. On December 27, 1904 curtains rose on an opening night consisting of three one-act plays. Fire damaged the original theater in 1951, and after a few transitional years in alternate locales the current theater was built in 1966 and has been in continuous operation since.

I visited twice during my week in Dublin. The first stop was for a backstage tour, organized by the theater and purchased online several weeks before arrival in the city. The tour lasted almost two hours (!) and covered a wide variety of topics. We started out by learning the history behind the theater (the only National Theater to precede the nation itself) and the main characters behind it. An exploration of the venue followed, including a visit to the empty auditorium and a detailed, through trip to the many rooms below the stage including those holding props, costumes, and hair and make-up. Our guide provided expert commentary throughout. We ended on the second floor in front of the circular mirror from the original Abbey Theater and a description of how it reflected the changing dynamics of the industry. My second trip was later in the week, where I saw an all-female, non-binary cast perform a progressive interpretation of Brendan Behan’s “The Quare Fellow.”

My two visits here continued my overall excellent experience of visiting the main tourist attractions in Dublin. The guided tour was fantastic. Our docent Jennifer was through, knowledgeable, and clearly passionate about theater performance in general and the Abbey in particular. While I have always appreciated the dedication it takes to proffer a performance to the general public, this was brought to a new level by seeing the behind-the-scenes attention to detail on display here. From historically accurate table settings to the process for weathering an actor’s shoes I was blown away by the time and effort put forth by the supporting cast that makes the performance look so easy. The show "The Quare Fellow" later in the week exceeded expectations and was an even mix between respecting the original play and pushing boundaries to reflect our modern society. Customer service on both visits was exemplary.

The history of the Abbey is in many ways the history Ireland; it’s an essential visit.
Written 31 December 2023
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