Gala Night

Gala Night brings together special guests and festival supporters for a night of celebration. Each year we present a special award for outstanding contribution to theatre. Previous recipients have included Fiona Shaw, Stephen Rea, Cillian Murphy, Fergus and Rosaleen Linehan, Sinead Cusack, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy and Garry Hynes.

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

This year we are delighted to honour acclaimed actor Brendan Gleeson.

To mark this, Brendan will join playwright Paul Mercier, in conversation, online on Sunday 3 October at 6pm. This will be free to view on our YouTube channel.

This came out of the blue and is all the more welcome for it. Theatre has had a fundamental role to play in my life. I’m honoured.” Brendan Gleeson

We will be sharing the link to join closer to the time.

“Theatre fans had a rare opportunity to witness Brendan Gleeson's magnetic presence as a stage actor when he performed with his sons Domhnall and Brian in Enda Walsh’s ‘The Walworth Farce’ in 2015. On stage Brendan moves with ease from tenderness to intense emotion and always a with a keen comic edge. I am delighted that Brendan’s old friend and collaborator from The Passion Machine days, Paul Mercier will interview him for our annual Gala event.”

For more information on Brendan Gleeson and Paul Mercier visit our news section

2020 Gala Award

Watch gala award 2020 recipient Fiona Shaw in conversation with Dublin Theatre Festival Artistic Director and CEO, Willie White here.

2019 Gala Night

Gala Night 2019 took place in The Westin Dublin when we celebrated the career of actor Stephen Rea. We would like to thank all our gala supporters for their generosity:

A&L Goodbody


An Post

Bernadette Kiely
Carol Andrews
CPL Resources


Dearbhail and Michael Bermingham
Eddie Soye
Eversheds Sutherland

Heidrick & Struggles

Irish Life

John Cronin


Mary Stephenson
Maurice Cassidy
New Ireland Assurance

O'Doherty Communications

Reputation Inc

Terence O'Rourke

Tracey Whelan
Willis Towers Watson