Going back through the centuries, there were five theatres named the Theatre Royal in Dublin. The third Theatre Royal, and the one most people are familiar with, opened in January 1821 on Hawkins Street. It was originally called the Albany Theatre, but had a royal patent granted when George IV attended a performance there in August 1821, and its name was accordingly changed to the Theatre Royal. In 1880, this building was destroyed by fire but subsequent incarnations were built in the same location. The final Theatre Royal closed its doors in 1962.
The Dublin City Library and Archive includes a number of collections relevant to the Theatre Royal, including that of Jimmy O’Dea and Noel Purcell, who were both stalwarts of the theatre.
On this visit to the Archive, some of the gems of these collections relating to the Theatre Royal will be on display for you to view.
Dublin City Council Culture Company’s Culture Club is an exhibition tour by a guide, followed by complimentary tea, coffee and chats. Each Culture Club is FREE, open to all, and lasts approx 2 hours. To join us simply book your place at email@example.com.