Queen's Theatre

In Brief

The funeral cort├Ęge in Hades passes "the Queen's theatre" at 209 Great Brunswick Street, one of Dublin's three major theaters along with the Theatre Royal and the Gaiety Theatre. It is mentioned again in Cyclops.

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The Queen's Royal Theatre, later known simply as the Queen's Theatre, opened in 1844. It specialized in variety show entertainments, as is suggested by the Cyclops narrator's description of the Citizen "shouting like a stuck pig, as good as any bloody play in the Queen's royal theatre." For a time in the 1950s and early 60s, however, it housed the more serious Abbey Theatre Company.

The theater was demolished in 1975, to make way for a modern office building.

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Photograph from Philip B. Ryan's Lost Theatres of Dublin (1998), showing the Queen's Theatre when it housed the Abbey Theatre Company. Source: www.arthurlloyd.co.uk.