No building in Dublin recalls the Victorian Music Hall more readily than the Olympia Theatre. Dan Lowrey’s Music Hall, as the Olympia Theatre was known originally, opened its doors in 1881, and in 1897 it re-opened as a theatre. It survived some of Ireland’s most turbulent times in history, including the Easter Rising and the Great War. Finally, in 1923 The Olympia Theatre was established as a theatre that presented opera, ballet, drama, pantomime and films.
The theatre is home to music, drama, comedy and everything in between. Some of the most famous acts include Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Marcel Marceau. Actors such as Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, and Tom Vaughan Lawlor have graced the theatre with their presence too. Music acts such as David Bowie, Adele, Mumford & Sons and Hozier, just to name a few, have played here as well. Some other world-famous acts have even requested to play at The Olympia for a more intimate setting with their Irish fans.
You can buy tickets at the Ticketmaster outlet in the Olympia Box Office at 73 Dame Street, Dublin 2.; payable by cash or card.
Tickets can only be bought at the Box Office in person as bookings cannot be taken over the phone. Showtimes and door opening times will be indicated on your ticket.
If you are interested in a close to stage theatre experience, the pit area is available on a first come first save basis. If you wish to view the show from the pit, wristbands are given out before the show, so it is recommended to arrive early. You can check out event information on the Olympia website or call the Box Office on 00353 1 679 3323 (dial 1).
Box Office Opening Hours:
- Monday - Saturday from 10.30am - 6.15pm
- Sunday: 2h before the show starts until its beginning if there is a show on Sunday
- When there is a show in the evening, it is open until the beginning of the show, however, those time vary depending on the event.
The theatre is situated in the heart of the city centre on Dame Street opposite Dublin Castle and on the edge of Temple Bar, which is about a 25-minute drive from The Beacon. If you wish to take the Luas, the journey will take around 40 minutes or 45 minutes by bus. If you are already in Dublin city centre, the Olympia Theatre is within walking distance from many of the city’s other popular attractions. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the theatre in one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings.
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