GRAND CANAL THEATRE, Dublin, Ireland
The concept of the Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin arose when The O2 (formally The Point) was asked by producers of Ballet, Operas, Drama and Musicals about staging their productions in Dublin. A restricted amount of large scale theatre productions were being staged at The O2 such as Cats, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Glynbourne Opera and Mamma Mia. It soon became apparent that the demand for theatre productions surpassed current availability of The O2. This naturally led to the decision to build a new dedicated theatre to host these events.
The inaugural performance on March 18th 2010 with the Russian State Ballet featuring stars from the Bolshoi performing Swan Lake. The Grand Canal Theatre will present the best of National and International Theatre, Musicals, Drama, Opera, Ballet, Family Shows & Classical Concerts and will have the facility to accommodate world class West End and Broadway productions for the first time in Ireland.
When the proposed DART Underground alignment was to pass under the Theatre, Marshall Day Acoustics was engaged to assess the impact. We assessed the impact both of vibration and structure reradiated noise on the Theatre. We also provided auralisations to help the Theatre understand what a passing train may sound like in the auditorium.
We liaised with Irish Rail to express the concerns of the Theatre and provided guidance on the necessary level of track attenuation required to reduce train noise to a level that would be acceptable to the Theatre.