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Wednesday Matinee Special Offer with the Hot Stove
20% Off  pre-theatre lunch at the Hot Stove Restaurant when you buy a ticket for one of our Wednesday Matinee shows.
Next Wednesday Matinee A View from the Bridge 7th of October at 2.30pm

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About The Gate Lab                                                                  

THE GATE THEATRE LAB has become a significant force in Irish Theatre, playing host to FREE pre-show talks, public interviews, rehearsed readings, new writing showcases, workshops, symposia, events, launches and forum meetings.

Not only does it function as the primary rehearsal space for Gate productions, but it is a creative hub with a multifunctional role.

Equally, it is a venue available for hire and has been used to launch exciting initiatives such as the Edinburgh Festival and Culture Ireland’s Imagine Ireland programme.

Since June 2011, three new works developed from rehearsed readings in the Lab have featured in the Gate Theatre programme; Hugo Hamilton’s The Speckled People, Anne-Marie Casey’s Little Women and Joseph O’ Connor’s My Cousin Rachel, with at least two further new plays in the pipeline for later this year.

The Lab has begun to establish its support of emerging writers with public readings of new plays, mentoring schemes, writers’ workshops and open interviews with established writers such as Emma Donoghue and Conor McPherson.

In addition, the Lab provides high standard training for the theatre community through initiatives such as the 2011 Director’s Symposium and a variety of workshops for actors; including casting workshops, text to stage talks, and rehearsed readings. The Gate nurtures and develops new talent and it is through our Artist and Development programs at the Lab and the provision of other facilities, such as the writers room, and the chance to work alongside the ongoing professional and creative team at The Gate that we aim to continue this tradition and form close relationships with writers, directors and performers.

The Lab has been used by a range of artists including companies such as Fishamble Theatre Company, Landmark Productions, Pan Pan Theatre Company, Second Age, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and many more independent actors, writers and directors.

Our series of FREE pre-show talks and forum meetings have proved immensely popular, with informal sittings with artists and thinkers including Marina Carr, Ingrid Craigie, Hugo Hamilton, Ciaran Hinds, Patrick Mason, Frank McGuinness, Mark O’ Halloran, Mark O’ Regan, Fintan O’ Toole, David Parnell, Owen Roe, Colm Toibín and Willie White.

For further details on The Gate Theatre Lab, please contact


Choose a date from the calendar below to view productions playing on that day.

    Oct 2015    


A View From The Bridge
Set in 1956, Brooklyn, New York. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone agrees to shelter his wife's Italian cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, who have arrived to work illegally...

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The Gigli Concert
The Gigli Concert came to the Gate with rapturous acclaim and due to incredible demand it is back for a very limited run.

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The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde’s brilliant comedy The Importance of Being Earnest takes a satirical look at the lives of two bachelor friends...

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A Month in the Country
The setting is the Islayev country estate. Natalya Petrovna, a headstrong woman, is married to Arkady Islayev, a rich landowner.

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