About Us

The company began life as The Machine, which was set up to produce a show for the 1984 Dublin Street Carnival: SONGS FOR 1984 and was followed by IMAGES OF 1984 IN BOWIE at the Project Dublin.

Between the songs and the images, the pattern for the company’s work in the next two decades was established. The company has always presented a widely diverse and sometimes eclectic range of work which makes us hard to categorise but which keeps us, as one critic observed, constantly “in search of new adventures”.

Over the years, we have commissioned and produced new operas and new plays, made films ,radio and talking books. We’ve revisited perennial classics and taken a serious look at popular theatre forms such as the musical and the well-made play. We’ve performed in tiny studio theatres and created productions which have involved the communities of entire cities.

Equally at home with a proscenium arch or a promenade production, we’ve always tried to let the plays and the works tell us what kind of space they need rather than trying to shoe-horn them into what’s available. Similarly, we’ve responded to the particular skills of Irish performers, as they have emerged and a City Theatre Dublin show is as likely to star a fire eater or an international opera singer as it is a leading actor of the calibre of Anna Manahan, Niall Tobin, David Soul, Jerry Hall, Mary McEvoy, Ann Charleston, Michael Praed, Hazel O'Connor, Cathy Belton, Sally Lindsay, Mick Lally, Pauline McLynn, Fenella Fielding, Cathy Tyson, Des Keogh, Dillie Keane or Cyril Cusack - all of whom have, in the best sense of the word, played with us over the years.

The company now is almost constantly on the road, touring to every part of Ireland with a wide range of material aimed at audiences from age three upwards. In 2005 the twenty-first anniversary season - under the company’s new name of City Theatre Dublin - offered not only the world premiere of SISTERS - Declan Hassett’s virtuoso play for Tony Award Winner - Anna Manahan, but a major revival of Conor McPherson’s THIS LIME TREE BOWER . Young audiences across the country helped us solve SANTA’S CHRISTMAS MYSTERY and the another Shay Healy/Michael Scott original Christmas musical SANTA & THE PRESENT PIRATES played to capacity audiences.

In 2006 an acclaimed new stage version of WUTHERING HEIGHTS and we revieved and remade THE YELLOW MAN based on the paintings of Pauline Bewick toured and in 2007 the company created THE EMPTY SPACE in Dublin at what is now SMICK ALLEY THEATRE in Dublin where the company’s eerily atmospheric production Michael Scott created anacclaimed new production of Brendan Kennelly’s THE TROJAN WOMEN to enormous success.

Currently we are touring John B Keane's THE SUCCESSFUL TD, adapted for stage by Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy and Michael Scott from Keane's Novella's: Letters of a Successful TD and Letters of an Irish Minister of State, The Yeats Song Cycle SONGS FROM THE SWANS AT COOLE and John B.Keane's THE MATCHMAKER, .

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