Don’t let curtain fall on Lord Amiens Theatre

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A campaign to save Ireland’s oldest theatre is being led by a descendant of the earl who oversaw its construction in the 1790s.

Aldborough House, on Portland Row in Dublin, is home to the Lord Amiens Theatre, which sits at the side of the property. The house is to be regenerated and permission has been granted for 100,000 sq ft of office space in two five-storey blocks on either side of the house, meaning the theatre will be demolished.

A campaign by the Friends of Aldborough House, led by Brice Stratford whose ancestor, Edward Stratford, second Earl of Aldborough, built the house, wants the site to be protected or an alternative plan under which the theatre would be rebuilt. It has appealed to Dublin city council requesting that the theatre be listed. Aldborough House is the largest Georgian private residence in Dublin, after Leinster House and had a chapel. The Lord Amiens, which is still structurally intact, is the oldest complete theatre building in Ireland.