The city of Dublin has such a strong theatrical tradition that it comes as no surprise to learn that the Dublin Theatre Festival is Europe’s oldest specialised theatre festival. Founded in 1957 by Brendan Smith, the festival has brought year after year of brilliant Irish and international theatre to the capital city, simultaneously providing a unique stage to champion the very best of Irish writing and theatre production and a showcase for some of the most prominent theatre from across the world.
This September the revered festival returns for another 18-day celebration of theatre, boasting a jam-packed programme alongside an exciting selection of special events including master classes from some of the world’s most highly regarded theatrical stars, panel discussions, film screenings and symposiums.
This year’s highlights include a brand new play from Frank McGuinness – The Hanging Gardens – which will be premiered at The Abbey Theatre, The Critic, an unusual fusion of 18th Century characters and modern techniques courtesy of Rough Magic and Circa – a sexy synthesis of burlesque, cabaret and circus from the world famous Wunderkammer.
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