Artistic Ethos  

'A space that is as much an actor's theatre as a site of new creative opportunities...' - The Irish Times

Theatre Upstairs is a home for new plays and a nationally renowned company dedicated to the support of rising talent. We seek out exciting new voices, the best new plays and the artistry of both established and emerging companies throughout Ireland.

‘Theatre Upstairs is acquiring a reputation as one of Dublin’s best independent venues for bold new writing…’ - Exeunt Magazine 

Since its inception, Theatre Upstairs has housed and produced several groundbreaking premieres, which have gone on to tour nationally as well as transfer to other theatres, earning its reputation as Dublin’s theatrical seedbed. In February 2013 Artistic Director, Karl Shiels won the Judges’ Special Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for his work with Theatre Upstairs, for the development and promotion of new talent in Irish Theatre.

‘You can expect to be hearing about Theatre Upstairs for a long time to come…’ - Irish Independent

The Space

Theatre Upstairs is an independent theatre, operating with no public funding while housing and producing exceptional new plays.

Theatre Upstairs is a boutique 44 seat theatre in the heart of Dublin City, located above Lanigan's Bar, Eden Quay. The space is perfect for an afternoon or evening out, as there is a beautiful gallery space adjacent to the theatre with a large bay window overlooking the River Liffey where light lunch is served before 1PM performances and there are two bars open downstairs before and after the 7PM performances. 

Theatre Upstairs stages both lunchtime (@ 1pm) and evening (@ 7pm) performances and all tickets cost €10. There is light lunch, which consists of homemade vegetable soup and fresh brown bread included in the ticket price for 1pm performances, served in the gallery space before the show. 

In the evening time, why not give yourself time for a drink before or after the show, as Theatre Upstairs is located above Dublin's theatrical watering hole, Lanigan's Bar. No matter what time of day you visit, there is always a vibrant atmosphere at Theatre Upstairs.  

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