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Irish Theatre Trust

Irish Theatre Trust raises funds to support projects in the festival aimed at inspiring, cultivating and celebrating emerging and established artists and enhancing the vitality of Irish theatre. Previous projects include Testament (2011), Dubliners (2012), Talk of the Town (2012) and Waiting for Godot . This year the Trust is supporting three shows in the programme - The Last Hotel, Chekhov's First Play and Dancehall.

Founding Patrons

  • Peter Crowley, FL Partners
  • Declan Collier & Jan Winter
  • Moya Doherty & John McColgan
  • Denis Desmond
  • Dermot Desmond
  • Denis O'Brien
  • Rosaleen O'Kane


  • Gay Moloney (Patron)

Projects supported by Irish Theatre Trust:


Tom and Vera - a world premiere in co-production with Desperate Optimists, a creative partnership between Irish-born artists Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor who create work together for film, the internet, galleries and live performance.

Tom and Vera by Desperate Optimists in a co-production with Dublin Theatre Festival

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett - a co-production with Gare St Lazare Players Ireland which went on to tour in the United States and China.

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett in a co-production from Dublin Theatre Festival and Gare St Lazare Players Ireland



The Talk of the Town by Emma Donoghue - a new commission inspired by the life and work of Maeve Brennan, co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival, Hatch Theatre Company and Landmark.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2012 Talk of the Town

Dubliners by James Joyce, adapted for the stage by Michael West - the world premiere of a new adaptation co-produced with Dublin Theatre Festival.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2012 Dubliners


Testament by Colm Tóibín - a new commission in a co-production between Dublin Theatre Festival and Landmark Productions, directed by Garry Hynes.

Dublin Theatre Festival 2011 Testament

The Next Stage

The Next Stage is a structured artist development initiative with theatre practitioners from all disciplines chosen to participate in an intense programme of performances, talks and workshops led by some of the world’s leading theatre makers.

In Development

In Development is a programme of rehearsed readings, open rehearsals and semi-staged performances which provides established artists with the opportunity to present major Irish theatrical works in development before they reach full production on the stage.

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