Bringing the arts to the suburbs, the Mill Theatre opens in Dundrum Town Centre.

President Mary McAleese opens the Mill Theatre a purpose built arts space in Dundrum Town Centre. The theatre cost 14 million euro, has 206 seats, a secondary performance area and art exhibition spaces. It was paid for by Crossridge Investments Limited who say it is their gift to the community.

According to Mill Theatre manager Stephen Faloon, Dundrum Town Centre is aiming to provide a one stop experience,

A place where you can go and do your shopping by day, go to a restaurant in the evening and then come and see a bit of theatre, or a bit music or a bit of comedy indeed, afterwards.

The theatre's maiden show American playwright Thornton Wilder's 'Our Town' is being staged by five local theatrical societies. Director Brian de Salvo is enthusiastic about the new venue, particularly where the acoustics are concerned.

This is a wonderful space.

The Mill Theatre will also host the European premiere of ‘Babylon Heights’ a play by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh. Irvine Welsh believes the theatre will ensure Dundrum Town Centre becomes,

A sort of social space that people can use and enjoy.

There are a number of suburban theatres in Dublin and they key to the venue's success will be ticket sales. The Mill Theatre aims to be not only a commercial success, but to become a focal point in the community by allowing drama groups from the area to use it for three months of the year.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 May 2006 The reporter is Gareth O’Connor.