Dublin is known for its literature with writers such as Beckett, Shaw, Yeats, Friel and Synge all hailing from its shores. For such a small city it has lots of world reknowned theatres showing internationally acclaimed productions. For theatre breaks in Dublin it's more about the drama than the musicals.
Furthermore - travel agents do not generally offer theatre breaks in Dublin in the form of packages so it's up to the individual to book. Flying with Ryanair into Dublin's main airport you can get flights from as little as €30 return including all taxes and charges if you plan at least three weeks in advance. Visit Ryanair's website for more details.
Arriving at Dublin airport it's very cheap to get a transfer into the city centre. You can either take a bus for €5 with Dublin Bus or travel in more luxury on the AirCoach for under €10. Both buses are parked directly outside the arrivals hall.
Now for accommodation for theatre breaks in Dublin - a perennially reliable hotel would be any of the Beweley's Hotels. They offer one night's accommodation for two people including a full Irish breakfast for €80 for both people. What's more these hotels are all served by the AirCoach. If you'd like more variety then you can check out the new cheap hotels website for luxury hotels worldwide and simply search Dublin - HOT WIRE is also a great option.
Now for the meaty part - the theatres. Dublin has three leading theatres and all our housed in beautifully historic buildings. The National Theatre is the Abbey and is located off the main shopping mall. The Abbey offered high quality drama and also stars huge screen actors in most of its productions. Tickets start at €25. Check out their website for more details and remember - standing ovations are quite the norm here.
Next is The Gate Theatre whose director is an OBE awarded thesbian, Michael Colgan. The Gate is at the top of the main shopping mall, O'Connell Street and is a small auditorium that is very old world. The Gate offers plays by traditional writers like Shaw and Russian playwrights but it also runs modern dramas as well. You can book tickets for on their website and prices start from as low as €14.
Lastly, if you music and dance and cabaret are what you're after then head to the Gaiety Theatre for that kind of extravaganza for theatre breaks in Dublin. Shows like Riverdance, Westend musicals and other international productions play here. Tickets are more expensive and can start at €50.
With all that choice and variation you'll have no excuses for budget friendly theatre breaks away in Dublin!