Wexford's grand and hoary landmark, the Theatre Royal has been entirely rebuilt to serve as the Wexford Opera Theatre for the world-famous Wexford Opera Festival, held here during the last two weeks of October and the beginning of November. The town's leading cultural event, the festival has been going strong since 1951 and features seldom-performed operas sung by top talent from all over the world. The strikingly modern, Keith Williams–designed building is custom built
for opera and offers fabulous views out over Mount Lenister to the northwest and Tuskar Rock lighthouse to the southeast. The surprisingly large main auditorium seats 749 with a smaller second space for 172. Along with an ever-expanding offering of more populist fare performed in small venues and pubs, the festival supplies a feast of concerts and recitals that start at 11 am and continue until midnight. Year-round, touring companies and local productions are also seen at these venues.