Take in the best of arts and culture when you stay in Letterkenny by visiting the An Grianan Theatre. It's the largest theater in Letterkenny and host to the most prominent arts festivals in the whole of County Donegal. The annual program of events features both local and visiting companies, along with the Earagail Arts Festival and Smithwick's Comedy on Tap festival. Book in advance or grab last minute tickets to both matinee and evening performances of theater, live music, comedy, and much more.
Opened in 1999, the theater continues to be the cultural heart of the region. The first performance here was The Magic of the Musicals in October days after the theater opened officially.
The meaning of the name
An Grianán means "sunny place" and on a sunny day, the theater lives up to its name with its glass façade that fills the interiors with golden light. The venue also lives up to its name figuratively by being a cultural beacon for theater lovers of all age. Apart from shows of renowned artists, An Grianan's Youth Theatre is an important part of its calendar and includes theater workshops and drama classes for children.
Watching a performance
The venue seats 383 theater goers and hosts a diverse range of performances and exhibitions both in its main theater space and auditorium areas. The impressive technical capabilities inside the theater contribute world-class production values to many of the performances staged at An Grianan. Internationally celebrated playwrights are showcased alongside local Irish talent at this acclaimed venue. Well-known names and Academy Award winners have graced the stage here. Check their events calendar before you plan your visit.
Good to know
An onsite café serves cakes and light snacks all day along with its full lunch menu. It is the perfect place to catch up with like-minded culture lovers, tourists, and locals alike.
Theater and more in and around Letterkenny
An Grianán is the home of the official town clock for Letterkenny, a sight in itself. Benefiting from close links to Derry and within easy reach of points of interest like the Giant's Causeway, Letterkenny offers plenty to entertain travelers of all ages. Don't miss out on visiting Grianán of Aileach, a prehistoric ring fort believed to date back to 1700BC. Also, located nearby is Burt, only a 20-minute drive away.