Despite packed houses the Gaiety Theatre is forced to close during the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Attendances at the Gaiety Theatre have been falling and costs have been soaring, taking their toll on the box office.  

The Gaiety has played a leading role in Irish theatre for more than a century.

The theatre itself has begun to fall into disrepair and its once proud decor is shattered. The owners, Gaiety Theatre Dublin Limited, have over the years had a number of legal battles with Eamonn Andrews Productions who lease the venue from them. The owners say that the tenants have neglected the building and left it unsafe for audiences. However, the tenants say that they have spent what they could afford. 

The Gaiety's fifty workers have now received official protective notice. Seventy-six-year-old Jim Curtis, who has worked at the Gaiety for fifty-five years, reacted to the news. 

There's no redundancy money, no nothing.

Annie Cuffe, Wardrobe Mistress and Housekeeper, has been with the Gaiety for seventeen years, describes the shock amongst the staff at the news that they have lost their jobs but is hopeful that someone will step in to save the theatre. 

Eamonn Andrews Productions say that the only way to save the traditional shows such as the Maureen Potter Christmas Panto is for an investor to go guarantor on £40,000 to fund extra shows. If they lose their lease, the owners say that they will close the theatre for an unspecified period. They do plan to reopen but under different management.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 October 1983. The reporter is Caroline Erskine.