Smock Alley Theatre is Dublin’s oldest, newest theatre, and is situated on Exchange Street Lower with it’s façade facing on to Wood Quay.
John Ogilby opened it in 1662 as part of the Restoration of the British monarchy and King Charles II in 1660, along with the London’s Drury Lane (1662) and the Lincoln’s Inn Fields (1661). It was the first custom-built theatre in the city and still remains in substantially the same form, making it one of the most important sites in European theatre history.
The restored 17th-century Smock Alley Theatre has to be experienced to be understood; between the multi-tiered theatre (formerly a boys’ school) and the stained-glass-windowed banquet hall, it’s a spacious nook along the banks of the Liffey.
The acoustics for music here are unparalleled and it’s fully licensed too, so you and 150 guests can wed and celebrate until 11pm. Dine on a candlelit banquet (think fresh fish, local cheeses and decadent desserts) with excellent wines.
This is a whole heap of City Chic – bare brick, industrial backdrops with a dollop of Modern Vintage. Perfect for those couples looking to mix it up and be a little bit unique… Plus, the cobblestones of Cow’s Lane make for quite the photo backdrop.
Take a peek at the architectural images and you’ll be smitten with the space!