Everyman Palace Theatre

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Everyman Theatre
Everyman Palace Theatre - MacCurtain Street (5745077424).jpg
Awning of Everyman on MacCurtain Street
Address MacCurtain Street
Coordinates 51°54′05″N 8°28′06″W / 51.9014°N 8.4682°W / 51.9014; -8.4682Coordinates: 51°54′05″N 8°28′06″W / 51.9014°N 8.4682°W / 51.9014; -8.4682
Capacity 650 seats
Opened 1898
Architect H. Brunton[1]

The Everyman 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.


  1. ^ a b "Cultural Buildings - The Everyman". Cork Heritage Openday. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "About Us - The Everyman". EverymanCork.com. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "News - Artistic director Talbot to step down from Cork's Everyman Palace". The Stage. 15 August 2007. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Guinness Jazz Festival Concerts Programme". GuinnessJazzFestival.com. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. 

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