Aspects of Mícheál Mac Liammoir and the Dublin Gate Theatre

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Micheál Mac Liammoir Exhibition on display at Dublin City Library and Archive, May to June 2018

Together with his partner Hilton Edwards, Mícheál Mac Liammoir was a giant of modern Irish Theatre. They founded the Dublin Gate Theatre in 1928 and this exhibition has been arranged to mark its 90th anniversary. Prodigiously talented, Mícheál was an accomplished artist, actor, playwright, set, stage and book designer, author and multi-lingual translator. He was born in London as Alfred Willmore but re-invented himself as an Irishman, becoming fluent in the Irish language and speaking English with a marked Co. Cork brogue.

The exhibition will showcase the Gate Theatre collections of the Irish Theatre Archive, especially the Patricia Turner Collection and the Sheila and Carmel Leahy Collection. All three women were close to Edwards and Mac Liammoir and their collections offer a personal insight to illuminate their work and energy.

Book a free guided tour of this fantastic new exhibition with Dr Mary Clark, Dublin City Archivist. Tours run from 10am - 11.15am on 5, 12, 19, 26 June.
Tours for groups of 10+ at other times can be arranged by emailing

Location: Dublin City Library and Archive,

138–144 Pearse Street

8 May – 27 June (Closed 2 June – 4 June inclusive)

Monday – Thursday, 10am – 8pm

Friday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm

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