Performances of 'The Shaugraun' by Dion Boucicault are on hold following a fire at the Abbey Theatre.

Fifty people were evacuated from the theatre when fire broke out in the rehearsal room of the new Abbey Theatre. Three sections of the fire brigade fought the outbreak for several hours. The fire started in the ventilation system and spread through the ducts.

The footage shows smoke bellowing from the theatre. However, there was little damage caused to the theatre.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 March 1967. The footage shown here is mute.