1980’s – 2000’s
In 1983, Michael Colgan became Director of the Gate. During Dublin’s year as the European City of Culture in 1991, the Gate, in collaboration with RTÉ and Trinity College Dublin, mounted all nineteen of Samuel Beckett’s stage plays over three weeks; this Festival was later remounted in London and New York. This celebration of Beckett’s work was fitting as the Gate was the home for the Irish premiere of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in 1956, as well as an iconic revival of the play, directed by Walter Asmus, in 1988. After the success of the 1991 Beckett Festival, the Gate then mounted six plays by the playwright Harold Pinter in 1994. During the 1990s, the Gate presented exciting new plays, including the seminal The Steward of Christendom by Sebastian Barry (1995), and Conor McPherson’s The Weir (1996). Friel’s seminal early play, Faith Healer, was revived in 2006 with Ralph Fiennes in the lead role; this production played to sold-out houses before touring to Broadway, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards (Ian McDiarmid won for Best Featured Actor). As well as playing to audiences at home in Parnell Square, with memorable productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, starring Lia Williams, the Gate also toured work internationally.
During this time, with the generous support of funders, the fabric of the building was restored and renovated under the guidance of Ronnie Tallon and Scott, Tallon Walker Architects. This included the provision of a new wing, which incorporates a space – The Gate Studio – to be used for rehearsals, workshops, offering practitioners an opportunity to develop and nurture creativity.