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Cancelled, postponed or gone online: Dublin theatres react to the Level 3 restrictions

With the Level 3 restrictions now a reality, all organised indoor gatherings, including live theatre performances become prohibited.
“Abbey Theatre @ Dublin” by bjaglin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

With Level 3 restrictions now in effect until 10 October, theatres in Dublin are required to adapt. Some productions are going online, others are rescheduled or cancelled; we’ve compiled a list below.

  • The Olympia Theatre: Most events have been rescheduled, including Therapy?, Aslan, and Black Pumas; some of them have been cancelled, including The Hairy Biker and King Kong Company. You can see the full list here
  • The Gaiety Theatre: Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap was recently cancelled. 
  • Bord Gáis Energy theatre: OLIVER CALLAN and Skyfall in Concert will not go ahead; they’re trying to reschedule new dates. More information will follow soon.
  • Project Arts Centre: While all their live events, like the Active Archive – Slow Institution project, are postponed, you can still see (and be part of) their new project, To Be a Machine (Version 1.0). This event attempts to re-imagine theatre without the hindrance of the body. The audience member sends a short video of themselves and is then uploaded into the crowd.
  • The New Theatre: Jackie by Gerard Humphreys has been postponed.
  • Draíocht Arts Centre: Birdboy by United Fall/Emma Martin has been cancelled while The Sand Park, Looking for América, and The Man in the Woman’s Shoes are waiting to be rescheduled. Productions scheduled after these three weeks of restrictions are still going ahead, for now. See a full list here.
  • Dublin Fringe Festival: Most remaining can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own home, with TwentyFifty having one last show today at 2:30pm.
  • dlr Mill Theatre Dundrum: No official statement has been released, nor have any events been postponed or cancelled at this time. 
  • Dublin Theatre Festival: Productions will either be adapted as online content or they will be cancelled. More information is to follow soon. 
  • The Academy Dublin: Several events so far have been postponed or cancelled; you can find their list of events here
  • Vicar Street: The venue had previously stated that ‘all events both indoor and outdoor, due to take place up to and including 13th September 2020 will not take place’. This includes Oasis Live Forever who were supposed to perform tomorrow, as well as Chris Kent – Christy Doesn’t Live Here and Loudon Wainwright III which were supposed to be in early October. You can see the full list of upcoming artists and rescheduled events here.

It also looks like we’re going to continue watching our beloved Foil, Arms and Hog only on their YouTube channel for now.

  • The Civic: The Tallaght venue is closed to the public until further notice. Box Office will be open for telephone queries 10 am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Most of their shows, including Stonewall by Emily Aasen and Ava, are online events.
  • The Pavilion Theatre: The Pavilion has also closed to the public. You can see the list of affected productions here. Among them are Pat Kinevane’s Before and Hangmen by Martin McDonagh. Ticketholders for affected events will be contacted directly by their box office team.
  • The Irish Film Institute: Closed until further notice.
  • axis Ballymun: Axis Bootleg season goes online, according to Axis Director Mark O’Brien:

On the official website of Axis Ballymun, Mark O’Brien also said:

Whereas all our events and offerings adhere to all Government guidelines, it is important to remember that there can be no guidelines on your Dreams and no discrimination on those we invite, in this we must all do better.

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