For theatre lovers, Dublin has a range of artistic entertainment on offer to cater to all tastes and dramatic inclinations. On one hand you have the Civic Theatre (half an hour from the city centre, in the Tallaght area) which opened its doors in 1999, an architecturally avant-garde building which provides the stage for many Irish plays as well as foreign co-productions and a modern programme of children’s theatre. The Gaiety Theatre, on the other hand, near St Stephen’s Garden, is an example of Victorian architecture from 1871. Every Christmas it shows well-known pantomimes, and specialises in great musicals for family audiences, with classics like Aladdin or Beauty and the Beast. The Gate Theatre completes the circle for the Dublin dramatic scene ever since its premiere in 1928. It was built with the great playwrights of history in mind, people like Samuel Beckett or Harold Pinter, to whom it holds tributes and commemorations. The likes of Orson Welles and James Neville Manson took their first steps on stage at the Gate Theatre.
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