The construction of the new Abbey Theatre is underway and it is expected that it will take two years to complete.

The footage shows construction work on the new national theatre on the site on Lower Abbey Street in Dublin.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 July 1962. The footage shown here is mute.

The new theatre, designed by architect Michael Scott, was officially opened by President Éamon de Valera on 18 July 1966, fifteen years to the day after the old Abbey Theatre was destroyed by fire.