The Gate Theatre was founded in 1928 and is one of the most stunning, historic buildings in Dublin. Over 250 years old and former assembly rooms, its beautiful pillars and intricate stone cornices are a sight to behold. Your experience once inside the Gate is in keeping with the building’s old-fashioned charm, from the chandeliers in the auditorium, to the tea served at the interval in delicate china cups, to the tuxedo-clad front-of-house manager welcoming you at the door.
The Gate keeps its repertoire pretty classic too, relying on the works of playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde, Harold Pinter, Noel Coward, and celebrated Irish playwrights such as Brian Friel, Samuel Beckett and Sean O’Casey. Lavish productions with ornate sets and costumes are the norm (the photograph is from a recent production of Juno And The Paycock).
The current show at the Gate is the Christmas production, The Heiress, based on the novel Washington Square by Henry James. Christmas shows at the Gate always have lavish, festive production values, and coupled with the mulled wine at the bar at the interval, it’s a sure-fire way to get you feeling Christmassy!
Monday performances are cheapest at the Gate, at € 27, with Tuesdays – Thursdays at € 34, and Fridays and Saturdays at € 37.50. It isn’t the cheapest ticket in the world, but the production values and quality of the work here make it a worthwhile treat.