THE GAIETY Theatre's new season line-up has had to be supplemented by English productions because financial pressures in the industry mean there are not enough Irish plays being produced to fill the famed theatre's openings.
The Dublin venue, open since 1871, always tries to promote and show Irish plays but this year it has had to invite two critically acclaimed plays from the UK to fill open slots in the January to June 2011 season.
"The UK plays didn't intend to tour, I actually invited them to come and perform here because there are not enough Irish producers producing to fill the season," managing director John Costigan said.
"The Grand Canal Theatre has taken some productions away too, and diluted the market slightly."
However, both plays have an Irish cast and theme.
The first of the two is 'The Big Fellah' by Richard Bean, directed by Max Stafford Clark.
And following this is the sellout production of 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' by Martin McDonagh, starring Rosaleen Linehan and Dearbhla Crotty.
Ms Linehan relishes her part in the play.
"It's about the toxic relationship between a mother and daughter and I play the malignant mother. It's a fantastic play, incredibly moving and funny."
The plays make up part of the theatre's newest season which has a range of musicals, drama and comedy, including the West End hit 'Grumpy Old Women' starring Adele King, Una Crawford O'Brien and Flo McSweeney.