Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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Coordinates: 53°20′39″N 6°14′24″W / 53.34425°N 6.24004°W / 53.34425; -6.24004

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin.JPG
Former names Grand Canal Theatre (2010-12)
Address Grand Canal Square
Dublin 2, D02 PA03
Operator Live Nation Ireland
Capacity 2,111
Opened 18 March 2010
Architect Daniel Libeskind
Venue Website

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is a theatre in Dublin, Ireland which opened on 18 March 2010. Designed by Daniel Libeskind of New York and RHWL Architects of London, it is located in the Grand Canal Dock area and the concept of the theatre was created by Mike Adamson of Live Nation and the Docklands Development Authority as a touring theatre for Ballet, Opera, Musicals and Concerts.[1]


The theatre seen at night

It was officially opened with a performance of Swan Lake by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.[2] It is the largest theatre in Ireland and is designed to present theatrical productions that were previously unable to visit Ireland, the acoustic, theatre technical systems, structural and building services designs were by Arup. Chartered Land were the developers and funders of the theatre and Harry Crosbie is the lease holder.

The theatre is located across the River Liffey from the larger 14,000-capacity concert venue, the 3Arena.

The building was opened as the Grand Canal Theatre, but was renamed during March 2012 as part of a naming rights agreement with Bord Gáis Energy[3][4] worth a reported €4.5 million.[citation needed] It is due to have this name until 2018 at least. Bord Gáis is Irish for Gas Board.

In March 2016 the theatre hosted 'RTÉ Centenary', a concert for television to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the 1916 Rising.[5]


  1. ^ Bord Gáis Energy Theatre website
  2. ^ Dublin Docklands website
  3. ^ "Grand Canal Theatre to change name as part of Bord Gáis deal". Irish Times. 25 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "We Have Now Changed Our Name!". Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Website. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ Aoife Barry (March 29, 2016). "RTÉ had another 'Riverdance moment' last night". 

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