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Smock Alley was the first Theatre Royal built in Dublin. John Ogilby opened it in 1662 as part of the Restoration of the British monarchy and King Charles II in 1660. Our mission is to welcome audiences to Dublin’s oldest, newest theatre and provide an enjoyable, affordable, quality experience, challenging & engaging you with a varied artistic programme of theatre, comedy, music & dance, in a friendly, feel-good atmosphere.


The Canterbury Tales

In Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, a group of medieval pilgrims gather in the Tabard Inn to eat, drink and entertain each other with stories as they set out on their pilgrimage to Canterbury. In this adaptation, the graduating drama students of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama enact Chaucer’s tales of ideal romance, hard-hitting realism and outrageous comedy.


Liam Hallahan Buries his Dad Live on Stage

Liam is trying to make theatre, like his Dad did. People keep telling him how alike he and his Dad are. But what was his Dad like? Part-confessional, part documentary, this show explores the life and work of a man who lived and breathed theatre, and celebrates the complex and continuing relationship between a father and son.



Collaborations returns in 2015 to once again provide an environment where emerging artists can challenge themselves to create new work. We want to create a platform where emerging artists can present work, and more established theatre makers could try something completely new. Many shows from Collaborations past go on to be Fringe successes and award winners.