The Gate is dedicated to the promotion of theatrical excellence and, while staging the world’s most important drama, continues to represent Ireland at the very highest level of artistic endeavour. The Gate Theatre is situated in the heart of Dublin City and, since its establishment over 85 years ago, has become an institution of national and international renown. Founded in 1928 by Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir, the Gate has become known as one of the most adventurous and far-sighted playhouses in Europe. It was at the Gate that Dublin audiences were introduced to the world of European and American avant-garde theatre including the works of Ibsen, Chekhov, O’Neill and Zola, as well as the first ever English-speaking version of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. It was also at the Gate that Orson Welles, James Mason, Geraldine FitzGerald and Michael Gambon began their prodigious acting careers.
In 1983 the directorship passed to Michael Colgan, under whose guidance the Gate has successfully showcased Irish writing, acting and general theatrical talent. Since then, the programme has included such theatrical highlights as Juno and the Paycock
, Three Sisters
, A Doll’s House
, A Streetcar Named Desire
and Sweeney Todd
. The Gate continues to represent Ireland at the very highest level of artistic endeavour and internationally its reputation has never been higher, receiving numerous invitations each year to major festivals all over the world. In 1991 the Gate became the first theatre in the world to present a full retrospective of the nineteen stage plays of Samuel Beckett and, since then, it has undertaken numerous worldwide festivals of the work of Beckett, Harold Pinter and Brian Friel. Its first international tour took place in 1935 and recent years have seen the company tour to China, the United States, Sydney, London and Edinburgh alongside transfers of its productions to the West End and Broadway.
Today, the Theatre continues to offer a stimulating and inclusive programme, appealing to theatregoers of all generations. In addition to its artistic programme, the theatre has undergone a continuous process of renovation and upgrading to ensure the preservation of the eighteenth-century building. In recent years a major fundraising campaign was undertaken for the provision of a new wing, which is now home to the Gate Lab. Used primarily for workshops, research and the general promotion of theatrical talent, the Gate Lab offers theatre practitioners a private space to develop and nurture creativity. We continue to be committed to raising standards in performance, direction and design and, most importantly, giving you our audience the very highest quality productions that you have come to expect.
GATE THEATRE TEAM
Michael Colgan (1)
Head of Production