Whether you’re in the mood for classic and clever comedy, listening to some of the biggest musical acts around, or wanting to catch the next large-scale Christmas panto with the kids, Olympia’s diverse programme ensures Dublin is always fed new and exciting entertainment of all kinds. It first opened in 1879, sat across from Dublin Castle, in an effort to bring the success of owner Dan Lowrey’s UK Music Hall Theatres to Ireland. It was designed by John J. Callaghan, a renowned architect of the late 19th century, however changed over the years due to its need for structural amendments, the collapse of a ceiling during a production, and a truck crashing into the site. It also changed names, starting out as Lowrey’s ‘Star of Erin Music Hall’ before becoming the Olympia in 1923 and gaining a brand new art deco facade to showcase its new title. In over a century of providing entertainment, many famous performers have contributed to the theatre’s stature. The likes of Adele, The Killers, Radiohead, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Billy Connolly have all taken to its stage, illustrating its varied, yet consistently impressive, lineup to date.
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