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Hundreds queue for free tickets as Abbey Theatre shows it is "open to all"

They were queuing for tickets for a preview of the show Room.

THE ABBEY THEATRE made good on its promise to offer free tickets for major shows tonight, tempting hundreds of people to queue up for a chance to see a show at no cost.

Over 400 people queued around the block to get tickets for the stage adaptation of Room, the much-lauded novel by Irish author Emma Donoghue, which was also turned into an Oscar-winning movie. The auditorium seats 492 people.

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The move to offer free tickets came after the appointment of the new directors of the theatre, Graham McLaren and Neil Murray.

The initiative is an effort to show that “the national theatre will be open to all”.

“This is another first for the Abbey this year and we are absolutely thrilled so many people took the time to come and queue to join us,” Neil Murray told “Some queued for two hours and they’ve been rewarded with the best seats in the house. A great start for Room.”

As part of their new roles, the new directors have also kept the Peacock stage busy, after a period where it felt somewhat underused.

Free First Previews will also take place for Jimmy’s Hall, Katie Roche, Ulysses and Let The Right One In, and more details can be found here.

In total, over 2000 free tickets to shows will be given away between this month and November. Room runs until 22 July.

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