My chat with Eliza about the Puritans/Smock Alley on Tuesday's posting reminded me that I should really say more about a trip to Dublin I did a few years ago. I've already mentioned Handel's statue but the primary objective of the journey was to check out some of Mrs Woffington's haunts.
I was especially keen to find a little back-street near the Liffey, not far from Fishamble Street, which was the site of Dublin's Theatre Royal, known as Smock Alley theatre, and the location of Woffington's wildly popular 1742 summer season with David Garrick.
It's long since been demolished, with the site now occupied by The Catholic Church of Saints Michael and John. A look around the back, on Essex Quay, revealed a sign for a little studio theatre (above). It turns out this is now home to The Gaiety School of Acting, which is trying to raise funds to turn Smock Alley into a 220-seat theatre with a a 110-seat studio space. Bravo!