Commemorating 90 Years of the Gate Theatre

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Micheál MacLiammóir & Hilton Edwards  outside Gate Theatre, 1974Tuesday 13 February from 6pm to 8pm at The Conference Room, Dublin City Library and Archive

Established as a theatre company in 1928 by Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir, the Gate offered Dublin audiences an introduction to the world of European and American theatre and also to classics from the modern and Irish repertoire. It was with the Gate that Orson Welles, James Mason Simon Callow and Michael Gambon began their prodigious acting careers. To mark the 90th Anniversary of the foundation of the Gate Theatre a seminar has been organised by the Irish Society for Archives in association with the Irish Theatre Archive at Dublin City Library and Archive.  The seminar will consist of five short illustrated presentations – each about 10 minutes in length, which will focus on different aspects of the Gate’s early history and archival records, followed by panel discussion. The seminar will be chaired by Hugh Linehan, Arts & Culture editor, Irish Times. Read more about Micheál Mac Liammóir, Hilton Edwards and the history of the Gate:  90 Years of The Gate Theatre

Image: Micheál Mac Liammóir & Hilton Edwards outside Gate Theatre, 1974 (click to enlarge) Image courtesy Irish Theatre Archive at Dublin City Library and Archive.

Doors open at 5.30pm & refreshments will be served

Admission free of charge. All welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.  Max 90 people


Reflections on Classic Gate Plays by Mary Manning, Christine Longford, and Maura Laverty. Dr David Clare, Mary Immaculate College

The Gate at 90 – Sources in the NLI. Colette O’ Flaherty, Keeper of Archival Collections, National Library of Ireland

The Gate and the Theatre: New Archival Possibilities. Barry Houlihan, Archivist, James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

The Gate Theatre Archive Northwestern University Evanston IL USA. “A Necessary Journey”. Des Lally, NUI Galway

‘Michael and Hilton - still in Dublin’. Dr Mary Clark, Dublin City Archivist, Dublin City Library & Archive


Further information: 01 674 4848

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