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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. 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.

No building in Dublin recalls the Victorian Music Hall more readily than the Olympia Theatre with its glass canopysupported by ornamental pillars and wrought iron scrollwork. Situated in the heart of the city on Dame Street, opposite Dublin Castle and on the edge of Temple Bar, The Olympia Theatre has hosted a countless number of unforgettable shows.

The Dublin tourist attraction remains the city's most loved theatre & music venue with a repertoire that spans all genres, including rock, pop, comedy, theatre, pantomime, cabaret, traditional, folk, opera, hip-hop, metal, easy listening, variety acts, ballet, magic and more.

The Olympia Theatre has been welcoming visitors for the last 117 years. Check out the event listing and find out more information at The Olympia Theatre website. It is well worth attending a show if you are staying at The Spencer Hotel, which is located near the venue just a 23 minute walk or 15-20 minute drive away.

Some visitor tips for The Olympia:

  • You can buy tickets at the Ticketmaster outlet in the Olympia Box Office at 73 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Please note: You can pay by cash or card. Bookings cannot be taken over the phone, walk-in sales only.
  • Cameras are not permitted during the show.
  • Tickets indicate show times and door opening times.
  • You can check out event information on the Olympia website or call the Box Office on 00353 1 679 3323 (dial 1).
  • If you’re interested in getting into the pit that is situated very close to the front of the stage and offers great views, you are recommended to get there early as wristbands are given on a first come first served basis.
  • Selfie sticks are not allowed.

If you're interested in visiting The Olympia Theatre, check out the full listing of events here.