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Gate Theatre & NUI Galway

Since 2018, the Gate Theatre Digital Archive is exclusively available at NUI Galway’s James Hardiman Library, where users will be able to access hundreds of videos, scripts, show programmes, and many more treasures from the Gate’s history.  Read more here.

The Digitisation of the Archive

The digitisation of the Gate Theatre archive commenced on 1 February 2016 at the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. Digitisation will take 18 months. The project will encompass 200,000 pages, 20,000 images, 150 hours of audio and 750 hours of video, representing a comprehensive archive of material since 1983.

The digital archive will be available for use in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room at NUI Galway. Read more about NUI Galway's extensive theatre archive holdings .

About NUI Galway

NUI Galway is one of the world's leading centres for the study of Irish theatre. Its James Hardiman Library is the home to an extraordinarily rich collection of Irish theatre archives.

The archives include The Gate Theatre Digital Archive, The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive, the Lyric Players Theatre, Druid Theatre, Galway Arts Festival, Macnas, Thomas Kilroy, Siobhan McKenna, and more.

Read more about NUI Galway.

About the Gate Theatre

The archive of the Gate comprises material mainly from the period 1980-present, during which the theatre has been managed by Michael Colgan. Material from prior to that period is currently stored at Northwestern University, Illinois. The archive includes hundreds of videos, scripts, and designs, many of them relating to major Irish writers.

The Gate under Michael Colgan has distinguished itself internationally for its work with two Nobel Prize winners, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. There is extensive correspondence with both writers, as well as huge detail about productions of their work. Read more here.