The concept of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre arose back in 1992. Mike Adamson CEO of Live Nation Ireland and 3Arena was constantly being asked by the producers of Ballet, Opera, Drama and Musicals about staging their productions in Dublin. During this time, a restricted amount of large scale theatre productions were being staged at 3Arena such as Cats, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Glyndebourne Opera and Mamma Mia. It soon became obvious that the demand for theatre productions surpassed the weeks available in any given year at 3Arena.
In 2001, the concept of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre became a reality during discussions with Peter Coyne (CEO) and Grainne Hollywood (Property Director) of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA). Peter and Grainne wanted an iconic building at Grand Canal Square in the Docklands. The DDDA were seeking ideas for this location and Live Nation presented the concept of a 2,000 seating capacity theatre to include a classic three tier theatre auditorium. The DDDA had found what they were looking for and the vision was complete and the story of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre truly began. The DDDA & Live Nation appointed world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, theatre architects RHWL and Developer Chartered Land to design and build this landmark building.
The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre would not have been feasible without the support of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority. Joe O’Reilly of Chartered Land passionately embraced the project as the developer of the theatre along with other Daniel Libeskind buildings around the Grand Canal Square. The theatre was purchased in 2014 by Crownway Investments – a private equity company owned by John and Bernie Gallagher.
The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre commenced building in January 2007 and the curtain rose for its inaugural performance on March 18th 2010 with The Russian State Ballet featuring stars from the Bolshoi performing Swan Lake. Since opening, we have entertained half a million theatre goers every year, presenting something for everyone via a very diverse programme of theatrical experiences to meet everyone’s passion and interests including ballets, musicals, family shows, drama, concerts, comedy, orchestral and opera.