The Olympia Theatre
72 Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
This venerable institution first opened as ‘Dan Lowrey’s Star of Erin Music Hall’ on December 22nd, 1879 on Dublin’s Dame Street, rebranding as ‘The Empire Palace’ in 1897. This name survived through the ‘Great War’ and the Easter Rising until becoming The Olympia in 1923. Mutating through turbulent times and pivoting to cultural rhythms – she has been a constant locus of imagination and entertainment for generations of Dubliners. Following a catastrophic roof collapse in 1974 (and myriad other tribulations), Dublin City Council, along with other local investors, restored this most storied place to its full potential. A stage graced by luminaries such as Laurel & Hardy, Noel Coward and John Gielgud has ceded applause to the likes of David Bowie and Morrissey. Recently refurbished at great cost, this is the Grande Dame of Dublin Venues and we are honoured to have her hosting shows for TradFest 2020.