Dublin Theatre Guide and West End Shows


As the cultural hub for Ireland, Dublin’s many theatres provide a variety of shows and performances all year round. In addition the annual Dublin Theatre Festival, Europe’s oldest specialised theatre festival, has been running each year since 1957 and has become one of the most exciting annual Dublin events. Along with the theatre festival, the Dublin Fringe Festival brings an eclectic range of performances to the stages of Dublin every year.

Dublin city has a rich and diverse history of literature and art, having been home to some of the most famously talented authors, playwrights and artists over the years. Head to our Dublin Galleries page to find out more about the city’s artistic history. With 5 budget Dublin hotels around the city we at Travelodge Hotels Ireland have great hotel accommodation for anyone heading to the capital.

Interested in seeing more of the great plays and musical events on around Ireland? With our guide to the very best in Ireland Theatres, you’ll easily be able to catch some great shows no matter where you’re staying.


Our Top Three Dublin Theatres

1. The Gaiety Theatre

Established in 1871, the Gaiety Theatre has long been one of Dublin’s most loved theatres, regularly hosting the biggest productions touring Ireland from spectacular musicals to theatrical spectaculars. Directly in the city centre of Dublin, the Gaiety is just moments away from our Travelodge Stephens Green Hotel.

See what’s on at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin

2. The Bord Gais Energy Theatre

One of the newest major theatres in Dublin, the Bord Gais Theatre was opened back in 2010, and since then has become incredibly popular with a string of absolutely incredible performances showing an eclectic range of great performances.

See what’s on at the Bord Gais Theatre

3. The Olympia Theatre

Right next to Dublin Castle, the Olympia Theatre has been a mainstay of Dublin’s theatrical scene since 1878. Originally opened as the Star of Erin, the Olympia has seen everything from live gigs from David Bowie to long running musicals, with the venue’s intimate size making performances genuinely special.

See what’s on at the Olympia Theatre

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More Dublin West End Theatres

Dublin has a huge range of smaller theatres with regular performances, and we’ve listed some of the best here to give you some idea on what to see if you’re looking for something a little more unusual.

Abbey Theatre

Founded by W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory back in 1904, the Abbey Theatre has long been one of the most impressive theatres in Ireland, particularly for those interested in exploring the history of Ireland. With great shows and a unique atmosphere, the theatre is found just by O’ Connell Street in the city centre of Dublin.

Ambassador Theatre

Located on Upper O’Connell Street, the Ambassador Theatre hosts a huge range of exhibitions, with events frequently running for months at a time. You’re sure to see something out of the ordinary at this unique theatre.

Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre hosts an ever changing set of performances spanning from comedy to musicals and more. Covering Irish and international performances, the theatre hosts performances most days and is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for something new.


Opened in 2001, the Draiocht has run a program spanning practically every kind of art over the years, with everything from family workshops to comedy and musical performances taking place at the Blanchardstown theatre.

Gate Theatre

Dedicated to the classics, the Gate Theatre hosts long- running productions of fantastic plays from Europe and America. Over the years, the Gate gave Orson Welles and Michael Gambon their first experience on stage, and has frequently hosted housed the premiers of many of Brian Friel‘s plays along with Samuel Beckett retrospectives and more. A truly incredible theatre.

Lambert Puppet Theatre

Definitely a unique experience, the Lambert Puppet Theatre is the only puppet- based theatre in Ireland, bringing great retro entertainment to adults and children just by the famous Dun Laoghaire.

New Theatre

Tucked away inside a bookstore, the New Theatre is definitely a unique venue, bringing a range of great performances to a 66-seat theatre for a truly engaging and surprising series of events.

Project Arts Centre

The Project Arts Centre is found right in the heart of Temple Bar, famous as the single most stylish area in all of Dublin. The centre runs some great regular performances from live shows to visual galleries around the whole year.

Samuel Beckett Theatre

The Samuel Beckett Theatre is dedicated to one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights. Best known for ‘Waiting for Godot’, Samuel Beckett was an almost unmatched innovator on stage, and the Beckett Theatre regularly runs performances of his work together with shows from theatrical and dance companies.

Smock Alley Theatre

By far Dublin’s oldest theatre, Smock Alley was originally built in 1663, and now hosts a huge range of incredible performances from classic shows to innovative modern experiences. We definitely recommend touring the theatre before catching a great play there.

Tivoli Theatre

Just a short distance from central Dublin, the Tivoli Theatre hosts a wide range of shows from musicals to pantomimes, and makes for an engaging day out when you visit Dublin city.


Book your Dublin theatre break online with Travelodge

No matter what you’re seeing, there’s no better choice for a hotel in Dublin than Travelodge. With 5 comfortable locations around the city we’ve really got something for everybody,  whether you’re interested in independent theatre or more mainstream performances.


Budget Travelodge Hotels near Dublin theatres

Travelodge Hotels Ireland has five perfectly located hotels throughout Dublin for your weekend break or overnight stay. With our Travelodge Stephens Green Hotel giving you complete central convenience, you can easily get around the best theatres in Dublin, while our Travelodge Phoenix Park Hotel is right next to one of Dublin’s most gorgeous locations.

Whether you choose one of the hotels we’ve mentioned or head over to our other budget Dublin hotels you can be sure of big savings with Travelodge. We give you the best rates guaranteed when you book online, saving you more than any other hotel, while our comfortable rooms ensure that you get a great night’s rest.


Suggested Dublin Attractions:

Staying the weekend in Dublin? Make the most of your stay when visiting Ireland’s capital. We’ve suggested a few of our favourite things to do around central Dublin, but if you’re looking for a bit more, just head over to our Dublin Top 10 Attractions page now.

Guinness Storehouse

Located at St James’s Gate Brewery, Guinness Storehouse tells the story of the distinctive Irish dry stout enjoyed the world over right back to the early twentieth century when Arthur Guinness Son & Co. Ltd started production of one of Ireland’s most celebrated exports. There’s even the Gravity Bar on the top floor to savour a pint of the black stuff which is included in the admission fee!

National Aquatic Centre

To experience a whole host of water sports indoors under one roof, nowhere compares to the National Aquatic Centre. It boasts an international standard swimming pool, an Aquazone featuring adventure water rides, a children’s play pool as well as a wave pool for all the family to enjoy.

National Botanic Gardens

Located just 5km from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens feature an impressive array of more than 20,000 plants and dried plant specimens. Founded way back in 1795, the serene and colourful gardens are free for all the family to enjoy and an ideal place to relax and go for a stroll whilst admiring the array of plant collections.