Queen's Theatre, Dublin

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Queen's Theatre, Dublin
Adelphi Theatre
Adelphi Theatre Dublin.jpg
Adelphi Theatre (1829–1844)
AddressPearse Street
Dublin 2
Typepatent theatre

The Queen's Theatre, Dublin, located in Pearse Street was originally built in 1829 as the Adelphi Theatre.[1] This building was demolished in 1844 and rebuilt. It reopened that same year as the Queens Royal Theatre,[2] the new owner having been granted a Royal Patent to operate as a patent theatre. The theatre quickly became known as simply the Queen's.

It was most famous in the 20th century as the home of the Happy Gang,[3] a troupe of comics, singers and musicians including Danny Cummins, Jimmy Harvey, Mick Eustace and Cecil Nash. The regular members of the "gang" took part in sketches as required, but in addition each had to be a solo performer in his own right.

The Abbey Theatre took over the building after the Abbey fire of 1951 and remained until July 1966. The lease was then put up for sale. Trinity College Dublin were the ground landlords, but the Department of Education refused to grant them the funds to purchase the building. The lease was purchased by Herbert McNally, who was involved in the cinema business. He attempted to secure planning permission to build a office block, and when this was refused he sold it to George Colley.[3] The theatre closed in 1969 and was demolished in 1975.

The new building, Áras An Phiarsaigh, was built on the site.[3]


  1. ^ Finegan, John (1994). "Dublin's Lost Theatres". Dublin Historical Record. 47 (1): 96.
  2. ^ Kerins, Des. "The Queen's Theatre". arthurlloyd.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c McDonald, Frank (1985). The destruction of Dublin. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-7171-1386-8. OCLC 60079186.
  • Ryan, Philip B. The Lost Theatres of Dublin. (The Badger Press, 1998) ISBN 0-9526076-1-1

Coordinates: 53°20′42″N 6°15′17″W / 53.344938°N 6.254622°W / 53.344938; -6.254622