The Smock Alley was the first Theatre Royal built in Dublin. John Ogilby opened it in 1662 as part of the Restoration of the British monarchy and King Charles II in 1660, along with the London's Drury Lane (1662) and the Lincoln's Inn Fields (1661). It was the first custom-built theatre in the city and still remains in substantially the same form, making it one of the most important sites in European theatre history.
The first play to be performed in the newly rebuilt/refurbished theatre is
She Stoops To ConquerTuesday 15th May - Saturday 2nd June 2012
First performed in Smock Alley, in May 1773, Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith’s, “She Stoops To Conquer” , makes a triumphant return 239 years later in the newly restored theatre with re-formed Smock Alley Players (est. 1662).