The idea for the Bord Gais Energy Theatre first came about in the early nineties, where there was a huge demand for more theatre in Ireland's capital but not enough venues to house it. By 2001, the idea had become a reality and development began in 2007, opening in 2010 with the Russian State Ballet and members from the Bolshoi performing ‘Swan Lake’.
Since then, the venue has continued to diversify the events in Dublin, bringing in more and more theatre, ballet, drama, concerts, and opera to the city! It has attracted over 500,000 visitors annually, thanks to its spectacular programme and being the largest theatre in the country.
The majority of its performances are West End musicals and shows, arguably because it contains the only stage in the country capable of receiving West End productions from London. It has welcomed award-winning theatre, such as ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘Wicked’, and ‘The Lion King’, in addition to other memorable performances such as TEDxDublin in 2014 and RTÉ Centenary' in 2016.
The Bord Gais Energy Theatre is a visually stunning building for theatre-goers. From its striking glass facade to its Piranesian interior, there’s much to be admired, which only adds to the visitor’s experience.
The theatre does not have its own car park. Grand Canal Square Q-park is situated underneath the theatre. Its entrance is on Chimney View, off Pearse Street.
Both Connolly Station and Heuston Station are accessible by Luas.
Routes 1, 47, 56a, and 77a all operate close to the theatre. Route 151 operates to the Docklands on the Northside, approximately a 15 minute walk away.
The closest Luas station is Mayor Square (NCI) on the Red Line, heading east towards The Point. The theatre is a 10 minute walk from the station (720m approx).
The closest Dart stops to the theatre are Grand Canal Dock coming from south, and Pearse Street coming from north.