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For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. The worldwide phenomenon which is Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin and has continued to set new records in packed theatres and arenas throughout the world. www.riverdance.com – Since 1995 Riverdance has played 11,500 performances and been seen live by over 25 million people in over 467 venues worldwide in 47 countries across 6 continents – Travelled 750,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!) – Played to a global television audience of 3 billion people – Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD and 10 million Riverdance videos & DVD

The Snapper offers a wickedly funny account of the ups and downs of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin of the late 1980s. It is salty and sweet and the Gate Theatre sits right next door to the Rotunda Hospital where Sharon’s baby ‘the snapper’ is born. Roddy Doyle’s second installment of the celebrated Barrytown Trilogy is a story that remains fresh, vivid, astute and relevant for today.

For the first time in 30 years you will be able to view the incredible paintings and graphic work of Irish artist Roderic O’Conor, so don’t miss this rare opportunity at the National Gallery of Ireland. This exciting exhibition will illustrate how O’Conor’s dissatisfaction with Impressionism led to his signature Expressionist style. You will see many artworks which have previously never been on display before and also get a sense of O’Conor’s place among contemporaries like Van Gogh and Gauguin. Whether you’re a major art buff or you just fancy spending an afternoon immersed in some truly captivating landscapes, visiting Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns at the National Gallery of Ireland is guaranteed to be time well spent.

The Snapper offers a wickedly funny account of the ups and downs of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin of the late 1980s. It is salty and sweet and the Gate Theatre sits right next door to the Rotunda Hospital where Sharon’s baby ‘the snapper’ is born… Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult. This production contains adult themes and strong language. Parental discretion is advised. There will be a post-show discussion with Roddy Doyle and members of The Snapper cast on Monday 30 July. For more information, please see here. There will be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance (SLIP) on Thursday 30 August at 7.30pm. Patrons availing of this service are advised to book via boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie to access a discounted ticket rate and seats with the best sight lines. Amanda Coogan will be the ISL Interpreter for this performance.

We’re delighted to announce that Amy Ross (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Aaron Sidwell (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Emily Shaw (Nessarose), Iddon Jones (Boq) and Nikki Bentley (Standby for Elphaba) will lead the cast of the spectacular, critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour when it returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 17 July to 1 September 2018. Acclaimed as “a joyous spectacle that captures the imagination” (Irish Independent) and “a magical mystery tour through the fantasyland of Oz” (London Evening Standard), WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures in Oz, which will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED has become a global phenomenon featuring astounding technical wizardry, stunning costumes, a compelling ‘untold’ story and show-stopping songs, including the incredible ‘Defying Gravity’.

Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

Smock Alley Theatre presents as its tenth in-house production, The Shaughraun, written by Dion Boucicault Robert Ffolliott, fiancee of Arte O’Neil, has returned to Ireland after escaping from prison in Australia. Robert, an innocent local gentleman, has been convicted as a Fenian fugitive but it soon becomes clear that he is no such thing. The villain Kinchela, Robert’s fake friend, tries to hunt Robert down and arrest him – his main motive being greed for Robert’s estate & his desire for Arte, Robert’s fiancee. With the help of Conn the Shaughraun Robert escapes various melodramatic cliffhanger situations. Meanwhile, Robert’s sister, Claire, is in love with an English soldier, Captain Molineaux, who is tracking down Fenians in the area. She cannot decide whether or not to protect her brother or betray the Captain – her heart is torn in two – family loyalty or true love. 30 July – 1 Sep | 7:30pm (Tue – Sat) and 2:30pm (Sat + Sun) | Main SpaceNO SHOWS ON MONDAYS Written in 1874 by the Irish master of melodrama Dion Boucicault, the themes in this play still ring true – from vulture bankers, rising rents and homelessness, to Anglo-Irish relations and impending Brexit doom. […]

Decadent Theatre Company and The Olympia Theatre A SKULL IN CONNEMARA Written by acclaimed writer and director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin Mc Donagh and Starring Pat Shortt. Preview Tuesday 14th August 2018 Opening Wednesday 15th August 2018 Running to Saturday 1st September 2018 (no shows Sundays) Decadent Theatre Company and the Olympia Theatre proudly present a new production of Martin McDonagh’s very funny black comedy, A Skull in Connemara. Starring Pat Shortt in the lead role as local gravedigger Mick Dowd, A Skull in Connemara will run at The Olympia Theatre from 14th August for 3 weeks only. This production is directed by Andrew Flynn.

The $20 million production features new, state of the art technology, underlining its position as the biggest and best dinosaur show in the world. This updated production will showcase spectacular and colourful changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Walking With Dinosaurs is produced by Global Creatures headed by CEO Carmen Pavlovic. Pavlovic said, “I am thrilled that Walking With Dinosaurs is embarking on an international tour. A new generation is ready to experience these life–size beasts in this awe-inspiring spectacle, which has still not been matched in terms of scale and quality. Many of our creatures have “evolved” since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of these massive creatures. This show remains a must-see for audiences of all ages.” The one-hour, 40-minute show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – THE ARENA SPECTACULAR has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators Nine species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign […]

Forget the back to school rush for a few more days with some terrific new international family films. Take a road trip with our opening film Marnie’s World or wander over to Kenya for Supa Modo. Enjoy premières and brilliant animations from Ireland, Brazil, and elsewhere. Meet our young critics and some special guests, including festival regular Clara Murray from RTÉJr. We have adventures, crazy cats, cool heroines, quests, spells, and much more, all for you to discover at the IFI. Films with subtitles? No Problem! Family Festival 2018: Opening Night + Marnie’s World Friday 31st Aug 2018 18.30 Family Festival 2018: Short Tales 1 Saturday 1st Sep 2018 11.00 Family Festival 2018: Short Tales 2 Saturday 1st Sep 2018 13.00 Family Festival 2018: Supa Modo Saturday 1st Sep 2018 15.30 Family Festival 2018: The Skier Saturday 1st Sep 2018 18.30 Family Festival 2018: Captain Morten And The Spider Queen Sunday 2nd Sep 2018 11.00 Family Festival 2018: The Ash Lad: In The Hall Of The Mountain King Sunday 2nd Sep 2018 13.00 Family Festival 2018: Yaa & Family Fest Sunday 2nd Sep 2018 15.00 Family Festival 2018: Tito And The Birds Sunday 2nd Sep 2018 16.00

The Dublin City Liffey Swim (Irish: Snámh na Life, Bhaile Átha Cliath) is one of the most famous open sea races throughout the world. It was first run in 1920 when it was devised by Bernard Fagan an engineer in Dublin Corporation to show the citizens the good quality of the water in the Liffey. The Dublin City Liffey Swim is unique in that Dublin is the only capital country in Europe to have a swimming race through the middle of the city. The Dublin City Liffey Swim is the highlight of the open sea swimming season and in particular for the native Dubliners there is something special about being able to swim down the Liffey in early September. This also provides a great spectacle for the Dublin public who line the quays, boardwalks and bridges along the mile and a quarter course to catch a glimpse of this unique event. Race Course Swimmers will swim 2,200 metres downstream underneath the key bridges of Dublin City: Rory O’Moore Bridge James Joyce Bridge Liam Mellow Bridge Father Mathew Bridge O’Donvan Rossa Bridge Grattan Bridge Millenium Bridge Liffey Bridge (Halfpenny Bridge) O’Connell Bridge Butt Bridge Rosie Hackett Bridge Loop Line Bridge

A NEW BILLY ROCHE PLAY! Menapia Theatre Company Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley. The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue all of which serves to mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within. The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is a comic/tragic, linguistic tour-de-force that is strewn with traces of Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and Nietzsche to name but a few. The Elephant Man meets The Catcher In The Rye. In the words of Oscar Wilde, ’Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.’ Wearing the mask of Maynard Perdu, our lead character becomes a dandy, a cad, a poet, a lover, a dream weaver, a showman, a chameleon and a Ring Master Extraordinaire – all of which only serves to conceal the lost and lonely soul inside. Behind the gaiety lurks the heart-breaking tale of a poor unfortunate creature who is searching for the precious gift of love […]

The world’s official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship. This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and remain true Eagles fanatics! Their longevity and continued international acclaim are due in no small part to their extraordinary mastery of the Eagles’ distinctive sound. Featuring the very best from the Eagles’ repertoire including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and plenty more!

5th – 8th September 2018 DUBLIN The next edition of our small but beautifully formed festival takes place 5th – 8th September 2018 back where it all began in DUBLIN! 12 Points alternates between Dublin and partner cities, with previous editions taking place in Umea, Sweden, Porto, Portugal and Stavanger, Norway. With our compact size, it’s a unique opportunity for artists to get to know each other, create lasting friendships and networks, and give their absolute performance best before an enthusiastic local audience, media and industry professionals. There is no better festival to experience the breadth, energy, ambition and diversity through which young European musicians are making the jazz of tomorrow. 12 Points Festival 2018 Julie Campiche Quartet Wed 5 Sep, time tbc Susanna Risberg trio Wed 5 Sep, time tbc nOx.3 & Linda Oláh Wed 5 Sep, time tbc Mia Dyberg Trio Thu 6 Sep, time tbc Steiger Thu 6 Sep, time tbc Kompost 3 Thu 6 Sep, time tbc Dowry Fri 7 Sep, time tbc Elliot Galvin Fri 7 Sep, time tbc Container Doxa Fri 7 Sep, time tbc Dominic J Marshall Trio Sat 8 Sep, time tbc The Rite of Trio Sat 8 Sep, time tbc Kjetil […]

Direct from the USA, the only official Andy Williams tribute show starring Jimmy Osmond. This brand new show full of award-winning music, nostalgic footage and special memories of Andy Williams will touch your heart. Jimmy sings the songs that made Andy Williams so beloved by millions including Music To Watch Girls By, Happy Heart, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Almost There, May Each Day, Days Of Wine And Roses, and, of course, the song that was to become his theme tune, Moon River. Jimmy is joined by The Moon River Band with special guest stars Charlie Green and Emily Penny. A show with an Osmond would not be complete without some of the chart-topping hits that made Jimmy and his brothers famous!

Jimmy Carr announces extra dates as part of ‘The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour’ at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Friday 7th & Saturday 8th September.

Immerse yourself in the wonderful landscapes by artist Frans Post at this exciting new National Gallery of Ireland exhibition. From 1636, Frans Post spent several years exploring Brazil and creating captivating artworks based on the exotic flowers, wild animals, and stunning views that he witnessed on his travels. At this rare exhibition, you will view Post’s extraordinary depictions of Dutch sugar plantations and an array of eye-catching creatures including alligators, monkeys and anteaters. Whether you’ve been to Brazil before or it’s always been on your travel wishlist, a visit to Beasts From Brazil at the National Gallery of Ireland is guaranteed to inspire wanderlust and fire your imagination.

The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra combines classic movie magic with live orchestra when it presents Steven Spielberg’s Epic Jurassic Park at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday 8 September at 7.30pm. Few films fire the imagination as much as Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. When released in 1993, its CGI and animatronic dinosaurs were unlike anything the world had ever seen. Regarded as one of the most successful science fiction adventures ever made, it transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation. Jurassic Park won all three Academy Awards for which it was nominated: Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. Based on Michael Crichton’s book of the same name, the film follows palaeontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) as they are invited by eccentric millionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to preview his new theme park located off an island in Costa Rica that is full of live dinosaurs. However, when an unscrupulous employee knocks out the power grid during a tropical storm, the dinosaurs are unleashed, including the terrifying Tyrannosaurs rex! Now audiences can experience Jurassic Park as never before – projected in high definition with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ […]

The festival is where artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. An active curator, Fringe supports artistic vision, ambition and excellence across a range of art forms and offers supports, resources, space, time and professional development to the Irish independent arts sector. Followed by fans and first timers alike, Dublin Fringe Festival draws more than 30,000 spectators for 16 days and nights each September, transforming Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, introducing artists and audiences and playing a pivotal role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life. Dublin Fringe Festival is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the finest international contemporary performing arts. For artists, Fringe facilitates opportunities to innovate, to cross boundaries and strengthen the conditions in which they work. For audiences, Fringe is the place to discover meaningful, exciting and unforgettable cultural experiences.