The Gaiety Theatre

12 Dec

About a month or so ago, I got to see a play at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. My drama professor brought our class to see Waiting for Godot. The play is extremely philosophical once you analyse it until you feel as if your brain is going to burst. The actors did not do a very good job of the play, BUT I feel as though Waiting for Godot is a play that can’t be acted out; it’s too philosophical, and seeing it acted out takes out the meaning.

The Gaiety Theatre was designed by C.J. Phipps in 1870. The theatre was built in about seven months, and officially opened on November 27, 1871. In 1883, the theatre had an add-on by architect Frank Matcham, but the theatre remained Victorian in charm. The Gaiety Theatre is Dublin’s oldest theatre that continues to put on plays and operas.

When I went to the theatre I noticed there were hand prints on the ground beneath the theatre’s awning, and I assumed it was for famous people who acted in plays in Gaiety Theatre. The bronze hand prints found at the theatre include performers such as Niall Toibin, Maureen Potter, John B. Keane, and Luciano Pavarotti.


The Gaiety Theatre is also a nightclub on Fridays and Saturdays; they have live bands on every floor, and is the latest-opening non-private nightclub in the city. (Sounds fun!)

The theatre itself was beautiful, inside and out (cliché, I know). The red velvet seats matched with the curtains on stage, and the acoustics in the theatre were pretty great. I have been to Broadway shows, and those theatres are humongous and equally beautiful, but the Gaiety Theatre is quite small. Its size is perfect because there’s intimacy between the audience and the actors; the space is small, and you are able to experience and see more than you would in a bigger theatre. I would love to see another play at the Gaiety Theatre, preferably one that won’t make my brain hurt, or make me fall asleep.


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