Gala Night

ā€œThis came out of the blue and is all the more welcome for it. Theatre has had a fundamental role to play in my life. Iā€™m honoured.ā€ Brendan Gleeson, 2021 Gala Award recipient (Photo Credit: Aidan Monaghan)

Each year we present an award for outstanding contribution to theatre to a well known artist. Previous recipients have included Brendan Gleeson, Fiona Shaw, Stephen Rea, Cillian Murphy, Fergus and Rosaleen Linehan, Sinead Cusack, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy and Garry Hynes.

Gala Night welcomes members of the business, arts and media communities who gather for a night of celebration while supporting the festival. Due to Covid19 restrictions, we moved our gala award online for 2020 and 2021.

We look forward to a live in-person Gala Night in October 2022. To book your table of 10 please contact

2021 Gala Award

Watch 2021 Gala Award recipient Brendan Gleeson in conversation with playwright Paul Mercier.

2020 Gala Award

Watch 2020 Gala Award recipient Fiona Shaw in conversation with Dublin Theatre Festival Artistic Director and CEO, Willie White.

Previous Gala Nights