Dublin Theatre Festival stages major international theatre of scale. It has hosted productions by the world's most highly regarded artists, while also premiering work by the giants of Irish theatre. Running since 1957, this is Europe's oldest specialist theatre festival. In the past, the Irish program has comprised shows by some of the country’s most respected artists, including Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle, Brian Friel, Sebastian Barry, Enda Walsh and Tom Murphy. International artists who have appeared in the festival include Ciarán Hinds, Vanessa Redgrave, James Cromwell, Neve Campbell and Geoffrey Rush. Within the festival, there are many different programme strands which incorporate everything from music to dance and cutting edge theatre to the biggest Broadway shows.