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Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. Based on the Reese Witherspoon film, Legally Blonde The Musical earned seven Tony nominations and 10 Drama Desk Award nominations during its Broadway run. In the UK it was nominated for 5 Laurence Olivier Awards winning 3 including Best New Musical, and was nominated  for 8 Whatsonstage Awards winning 4 including Best Musical. Legally Blonde The Musical, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture.

It was announced today that the National Theatre will return to Dublin in March, bringing their acclaimed production of Ibsen’s Masterpiece, HEDDA GABLER, to the Gaiety Theatre. These will be the only Irish dates for this production which enjoyed a sold-out run at the National Theatre earlier this year. The full cast for the Dublin dates features Lizzy Watts in the title role. She is joined byMadlena Nedeva (Berte), Christine Kavanagh (Juliana), Abhin Galeya (Tesman), Annabel Bates (Thea), Adam Best (Brack), Richard Pyros (Lovborg), Cate Cammack, Joseph Capp, JP Conway and Kate Cook. Rufus Norris, National Theatre Artistic Director said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Dublin next year with Ivo van Hove’s superb production of Hedda Gabler. It’s particularly thrilling to be returning to the beautiful Gaiety Theatre, where we last played in 2009 with the The Pitmen Painters. We have always received such a warm welcome from Dublin audiences, most recently with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse at The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the city and its vital and vibrant theatre culture in 2018.” Just married. Buried alive. Hedda longs to be […]

With the referendum to Repeal the Eighth Amendment on the horizon, a national conversation about reproductive rights has begun. In a deeply personal and bravely funny testimony, actor, comedian and activist Tara Flynn shares her account of having to travel out of Ireland for an abortion. With searing honesty, Not a Funny Word examines the status quo through one woman’s own journey. With songs. Not A Funny Word plays as part of Where We Live, presented by THISSISPOPBABY with St Patrick’s Festival 2018. Where We Live is funded by The Arts Council. Not A Funny Word was also presented as a work in progress here at the Abbey Theatre as part of What’s Happening Now in May 2017. Please note: Not A Funny Word takes place at The Complex, Smithfield and not at the Abbey Theatre

Various Locations, Wednesday 7th March – Sunday 11th March 2018 Founded in 2012, the Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) is fast becoming an international acclaimed film festival which is held annually during the month of March in Dublin, Ireland. The festival also holds year-round screenings, talks & events. SRIFF celebrates world cinema where we discover new films and voices from around the world. As well as screening international films there is a “Silk Road Panorama” of films from countries part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes. The Panorama includes Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and European cinema. SRIFF identifies emerging international talent and connects them with audiences and industry.

Enjoy all the latest and best of Ireland’s craft beers, ciders and spirits. All under one roof! Be entertained by live musical talent, enjoy NatWest Six Nations rugby and tempt your taste buds with delicious artisan food. Do you have a social committee or work get-together planned in the new year? The Alltech Craft Brews Food Fair is offering reduced rates for groups of 10+ people. Contact our team at hello@alltechbrews.ie for more info. Working in the trade? Email us at hello@alltechbrews.ie for info on our special trade promotion on Thursday 8th March. Standard day tickets are transferrable and can be gifted to friends and family – the perfect stocking filler this Christmas. Visit our website www.alltechbrews.ie for more information and tickets.

RTÉ continues to champion Irish music as the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar – announces key dates for 2018. The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, in association with IMRO & IRMA, will be announced on Wednesday 10th January 2018. The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 8th March 2018. The event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 TV as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize programme, approximately one week later. 2016 nominees All Tvvins (album) and Soulé (song) joined Tracy Clifford on 2FM today for the announcement. Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ 2FM, said, “After a really exciting first year, everyone in 2FM is absolutely up for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize which gives us yet another opportunity right across RTÉ to shine a spotlight like no one else on the very best in Irish music. Our all-Irish music days, which we introduced to celebrate last year’s partnership, have become one of the most popular things we do on the station. Here’s to another […]

Join 10,000 fun loving attendees at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival this March 8 – 10, 2018 at The Convention Centre Dublin. It’s more than just craft beer; be entertained by home-grown artists and enjoy culinary delights while tasting the latest beers and spirits all under the one roof. The Fair will feature a host of local and international craft beverages as well as local culinary delights. Musical entertainment will be provided by a range of home-grown acts and food producers will be on hand with unique food pairings to excite your taste buds! Thursday, March 8: 5pm – 11pm Friday, March 9: 5pm – 11pm Saturday, March 10: 12.30pm – 11pm

Country to Country; Europe’s biggest country music festival is back for its sixth year from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th March 2018 with another incredible line up that fans can expect from the C2C team. Joining Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town will be one of America’s biggest country stars; Kacey Musgraves who will headline the festival for the very first time. Joining the stellar headliners are multi-platinum and acclaimed artists Emmylou Harris, Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Margo Price and Midland. The festival brings three days of the best in country music and programming that fans have come to love and expect with performances from the world’s best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, Ireland, UK and Europe. For the first time and due to popular demand C2C Glasgow will now take place at The SSE Hydro having grown out of the Clyde Auditorium. Chris York, C2C Festival promoter for SJM Concerts commented: Once again Country to Country is delighted to be bringing the finest in US talent to the UK and Ireland. Our sixth year brings some welcome returning stars as well as a wealth of new and up and coming artistes […]

Nonesuch Records has just released Dark Matter, Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years. The record is the follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Harps and Angels, which the Guardian praised for its “sumptuous melodies, devastating pathos and thorny, irony-laden character songs,” calling it, “the work of a true master of popular song.” Dark Matter was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by long-time Newman collaborators Mitchell Froom, Lenny Waronker, and David Boucher. The album’s nine songs include the 2016 digitally released “Putin,” plus songs about the Kennedy brothers, Sonny Boy Williamson, science vs. religion, love and loss, and more. Newman, who is known for writing from the perspective of various narrators, many of whom are unreliable, tried something new on Dark Matter: “If there is anything consistent about the songs, there is often more than one voice, in the big ones, and it’s different for me, a difficult thing to bring off, to make it comprehensible,” he says. “I think it works. They cover more ground than most songs do and portray a number of different characters. Audiences are smart. They’ll understand the songs. I hope they like them as well. “I’m proud of the record,” Newman continues. “I think it’s entertaining—I hope it’s entertaining—and that’s eighty percent of […]

Alabama 3 is a pop band, a punk rock, blues and country techno situationist crypto-Marxist-Leninist electro band. We never went on X Factor or Pop Idol or Stooge Quest. We did it the old fashioned way; Back in 1996, we threw a big old party, invited all our friends. We took a fistfull of blotters and half a dozen disco biscuits and then made it up as we went along. Geffen records bought it..! for a million dollars! We never needed a self-appointed quango of jaded vampires to tell us how to sing the blues, we got MOJO. We have the power to raise the dead. We spent half of our advance from Geffen on various contraband items and with the rest we made an over-produced, brilliant situationist masterpiece called Exile on Coldharbour Lane. Ever since then we’ve been preaching our Gospel all over the world. We’ve got into a whole bunch of trouble and met a whole bunch of nice people. We make friends where ever we go. They’ve tried to stop us. Many, many times. They say we were degenerates, corrupters of morals, they say we we were too political, too contrived, too ugly. We’ve been in and […]

Fallon released his first solo record, Painkillers, in 2016. The album received widespread critical applause, with Entertainment Weekly acclaiming Fallon as “a first-rate songwriter with a dozen tunes that wax philosophical about love and the human condition – the dude’s like a modern-day Nietzsche with a sleeve tattoo.” (Fallon’s) version of the American Dream is tied not to anything abstract or political, but to songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison,” wrote Consequence of Sound, “and in some ways Fallon’s version is even more effective than those of his forebears.” “It feels a little like a new morning,” raved Rolling Stone. “For a guy whose songs have always traded in the pains and pleasures of nostalgia, the Fallon of Painkillers seems to have arrived at a newfound, forward-looking clarity.” Brian Fallon will release a new solo album in 2018 on Island Records.