Stage Set for Abbey Theatre to Play on at Home

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Stage Set for Abbey Theatre to Play on at Home


Byline: Sarah Stack

THE show will go on for the historic Abbey Theatre at its current site.

It has purchased a building on Eden Quay overlooking the Liffey, next to its Lower Abbey Street home. Controversial moves to the GPO, Carlton Cinema site and Dublin Docklands had been mooted over the years.

Theatre director Fiach Mac Conghail said: 'We have purchased this site next door so that we can redevelop, at some point in the future, a new building for the Abbey on our own site.

'The Abbey Theatre is an iconic building in Dublin city. A theatre has existed on this site since 1834. Taking this opportunity to purchase this site now is a common-sense solution to securing the future of the Abbey Theatre.' The Abbey Theatre was founded in 1903 by WB Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory.

It opened its doors a year later and in 1925, became the first state-subsidised theatre in the English-speaking world. …

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