Everyman Palace Theatre

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Everyman Palace Theatre
Everyman Palace Theatre - MacCurtain Street (5745077424).jpg
Awning of Everyman on MacCurtain Street
Address MacCurtain Street
Capacity 650 seats
Opened 1898
Architect H. Brunton[1]

The Everyman Palace Theatre is a 650-seat Victorian theatre on MacCurtain Street in Cork, Ireland.[2] Originally opened in 1897/98, it is the oldest purpose-built theatre building in Cork.[3] The Everyman has undergone many changes, through its days as "Dan Lowrey’s Palace of Varieties" (hosting Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin),[1] life as a cinema, periods of disrepair, and reinvigoration as a modern theatre in the 1980s.

The theatre is housed in a listed (protected) Victorian building with a large stage and auditorium, with proscenium arch, four elaborately decorated boxes, a studio space and bar (which hosts live music).[citation needed]

The Everyman's programme is an eclectic mix of plays, operas, musicals and concerts, but it specialises in drama and usually stages three in-house productions per year. In the summer months, it hosts productions by Irish playwrights. Other major recurring events include the Guinness Jazz Festival in October (for which the theatre is a primary venue),[4] and the Christmas pantomime. A unique feature of the Everyman Palace is that its front of house ushering staff is composed entirely of volunteers.[2]

Up until 2007, The Everyman hosted the Irish regional festival of the National Theatre's New Connections program every May. It gained a reputation[citation needed] for supporting and enabling providing a platform for youth theatres such as Activate, Kildare Youth Theatre and Independent Youth Theatre.


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Coordinates: 51°54′05″N 8°28′06″W / 51.901393°N 8.468221°W / 51.901393; -8.468221