The Gaiety Theatre reopens with a performance of Riverdance following a refurbishment of the Dublin venue.

The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin closed for five months on 4 February 2007 to undertake extensive renovations.

The first show at the remodelled Gaiety Theatre is 'Riverdance'. Members of the audience will see the results of the renovations, including a bigger stage, increased orchestra accommodation and a Waterford Crystal Chandelier specially designed for the theatre.

Other improvements included work on the dressing rooms, fire safety upgrades throughout the premises, roof works and an overhaul of the front of house and bar areas.

Managing director of the Gaiety Theatre John Costigan believes the refurbishment will allow audiences to see a wider variety of shows and,

It will give the likes of Dublin Festival and other people who use the theatre the ability to put in bigger and better shows.

In total the refurbishment cost 9.5 million euro. A funding grant of 7.5 million euro came from the State with Gaiety Theatre owners Caroline Downey and Denis Desmond contributing 2 million euro towards the cost of the project.

'Riverdance' will run at the Gaeity until the end of August 2007. Old favourites including the pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’ are already being planned.

An RTÉ News reporter broadcast on 26 June 2007. The reporter is Sinéad Crowley.