Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

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Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Grand Canal Theatre (2010-12)
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Address Grand Canal Square
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Capacity 2,111
Opened 18 March 2010
Architect Daniel Libeskind

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre is a 2,111-capacity 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]

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 complements the larger 14,000-capacity concert venue the 3Arena, which is located across the River Liffey to the north.

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 will have this name until 2018 at least. Bord Gáis is Irish for Gas Board.


  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "We Have Now Changed Our Name!". Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Website. Retrieved 2012-03-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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