Behind the doors of the Grand Canal Theatre a new performing arts venue in Dublin.

Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin's docklands has taken taken two and a half years to build at a cost of 80 million euro.

The theatre’s general manager, Stephen Faloon says the front of house area has an unusually large amount of space and as such is,

The people watching paradise.

While the theatre has 2000 seats it still manages to create an intimate atmosphere. Every seat has a clear view of the stage and benefits from state of the art acoustics. 

The theatre holds seven bars and from the fifth floor of the building visitors can experience a panoramic view of the city. The backstage area is suitable for a large cast and orchestra, a spotlight room, and 

Ireland’s only dedicated wig room.

The amount of seats in the Grand Canal Theatre makes it a purely commercial operation with no grant aid. Leaseholder and concert promoter Harry Crosbie says,

We can put on any show because we have the number of seats to make it work.

Until now, Dublin has been missing out on major international shows because its theatres, stages, backstage facilities, or a combination of all three were just too small. Harry Crosbie believes Grand Canal Theatre will benefit the public as they will have more choice and a higher quality of productions.

He hopes local producers and actors will use the venue for their shows and make a profit without seeking subsidies,

That will rejuvenate the entire Irish industry.

The Grand Canal Theatre will open on 18 March 2010 with the Russian State Ballet’s production of 'Swan Lake'.

A ‘Capital D’ report broadcast on 4 March 2010. The reporter is Anne Cassin.