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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.

A ripping yarn about a gang of Irish rebels taking on the Chicago underworld Chicago, 1923. After a failed assassination attempt on Eamon de Valera, a rogue Cumann na mBán unit flee across the Atlantic to escape the law. With Prohibition in full swing, they earn their keep by making bootleg poitín and selling it on to the Chicago mob. From Devious Theatre, the Kilkenny company behind the 2016 smash hit The Hellfire Squad, comes the second blood-soaked, blackly-comic installment of the Ripping Yarn Trilogy. Written by: Peter McGann + John Morton Directed by: Sarah Baxter Produced by: Clara Purcell About the company: Devious Theatre were founded in Kilkenny in 2006. We perform different works in different spaces for different audiences using different methods. Our work hops genre but stays rooted in a style of comedy we have honed over the years. We don’t like labels. Thus, our artistic credo is mostly ADHD based and fairly guerrilla. To this end, our goal is to kidnap as many young people away from gigs and cinemas and pubs and drag them to the theatre. We have performed 25 productions to date, become the first theatre artists in residence in Kilkenny Arts Office, […]

A Story about Mourning What extent would you go to see the person you love again? Bright Eyes is a Dark Comedy which follows four near perfect strangers who are brought together through circumstances and end up spending an alcohol laced evening connecting with each other. They discover over the course of wine, whiskey and music that their meeting was not accidental and perhaps is far more sinister than they could have imagined. Written by: Joe O’Neill Directed by: Eimear Keating Lighting Design: Einne O Connachtáin Set Design: Josh Roxby Cast: Cat Coyle, Eoghan Collins, Joe O’Neill Kevin Maher

The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired. Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer…

Following a sold out run at Garter Lane, Abi Morgan’s Lovesong is a story of one couple, told from two different points in their lives – as young lovers in their late 20s and as worldly companions looking back on their relationship. Their past and present selves collide in this beautiful tale of togetherness. All relationships have their ups and downs; the optimism of youth becomes the wisdom of experience. Love is a leap of faith. It will be performed in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght on Thursday 29th of August and Friday 30th August at 8pm. ‘Compelling, understated perfection, both poignant and uplifting’ The Stage  ‘Deeply moving, potently mixing memory and desire’ The Telegraph ‘This portrait of enduring love tugs on the heartstrings’ The Independent

This September, Off The Ball’s Roadshow, in association with Cadbury, are bringing Premier League legends Roy Keane and Gary Neville to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The former Manchester United captains will join us for a special off-air event on September 4th, discussing their careers at the highest level and giving their analysis and predictions on the new Premier League season. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Aware, providing support and information for people who experience depression. Between them, Keane and Neville won 15 Premier League titles. They know everything there is to know about winning what is still considered the best league in the world of football. Having both also gone into management post their playing careers, we’ll also get their analysis on modern day management. As box-office TV pundits in their own right, we’ll also be discerning how two of the most forthright talkers on the game express their opinions with millions watching.

From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers comes ORDINARY DAYS, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.) The Rising Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing professional musical theatre pieces to Irish stages with Irish casts, and looks to integrate younger performers with seasoned professionals in all their productions. Written by: Adam Gwon Musical Director: David Wray Directed by: Andrea Basquille Cast: Niall Gallagher, Julie Power, Sean Riddick, Roisin Sullivan

A beautiful one-man show, an elegy to life, love and loss, Incantata tells the story of a man celebrating and remembering a great love affair. Incantata is written by one of Ireland’s most revered writers, the New York based, Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon which premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival. Irish actor Stanley Townsend is mesmerising in this highly visual production directed by Sam Yates, designed by Rosanna Vize with video design by Jack Phelan. Incantata features a haunting and stunning score by the composer Teho Teardo, lighting design is by Paul Keogan with sound design by Sinéad Diskin.

Russell Howard has announced UK tour dates, bringing his latest show Respite on the road. The tour follows the record breaking success of Round The World in 2017, and marks the comedian and presenter’s biggest global stand-up tour to date. He will be kicking things off on 19 September 2019 in Newcastle, and tour arena around the UK through autumn 2019.

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.

Following their sold out shows at Vicar Street and Ulster Hall last year, The Proclaimers come to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of their highly anticipated return to Ireland. It has been 32 years since Scottish twins Craig & Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers emerged. Since then, their enduring appeal across generations has carved a niche for themselves where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans throughout the world. All prices include a €1 facilities fee per ticket. Telephone & Internet bookings are subject to a maximum s/c of €6.85 per ticket/ Agents €3.30.

A live graphic novel created via a wildly physical fever pitch of dance, theatre, and animation, Villains by Luke Murphy premieres 8-13 September at Project Arts Centre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival. An evening length work for five performers, Villains investigates the roles of hero and villain in contemporary culture in an era where your 15 minutes of fame is often followed by a lifetime of infamy. Inspired by Twitter rants, incredulous outrage and outrageous hypocrisy, world leaders stepping from the world of reality TV, protest and protesting protests, Villains looks at the myths we conjure up, accept, destroy and forget all within the course of a week. Villains weaves a new fable of mysterious characters, conflicted heroes, innocent bystanders and big big bad guys.  Performers reveal their alter egos and origin stories to rise to meet and defeat the great threats around them. Then as the perspective skews and perceptions shift each hero becomes a villain and  a new hero must rise… Video Designer David Fishel generates a comic book world with a multi-screen video installation of animated and real life film segments, pulling the fantastical from the every day, while projected animations are mapped onto bodies to […]

Frank Skinner returns for his first live shows in five years. Catch him at the Leicester Square Theatre in London from 3 June – 4 July as he performs a one-hour show in the heart of the capital’s comedy circuit. From September, Frank will tour the UK with brand new show, Showbiz. Frank Skinner’s live career began in 1987 when he spent £400 of his last £435 booking a room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Four years later, he returned to the city and beat fellow nominees Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard to take home comedy’s most prestigious prize, The Perrier Award. Frank’s last live stand-up show, Man In a Suit, sold out its debut run at London’s Soho Theatre and a subsequent five-week residency at the Leicester Square Theatre. Away from the stage, Frank’s TV credentials include The Frank Skinner Show (ITV), which is widely credited as setting the tone for the modern comedic chat show, Frank Skinner’s Opinionated for BBC Two. In 2014 Frank guest starred in an episode of Doctor Who. With David Baddiel, Frank created and presented Fantasy Football and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. As England made their World Cup run last summer, the iconic football […]

Citizens of Hope and Glory! Our new tomorrow beckons. A new tomorrow that smells reassuringly of yesterday, but with wifi. One last heave and we will be there. And when the going gets tough the tough get going. Although the going won’t get tough and anyone who tells you it is going to be tough is lying. Come join me to marvel at the majesty of the green and pleasant land. A land globally renowned for culture, history and places, like the world-famous Sailsbury Cathedral.

A play without performers, Beckett’s Room tells the story of the apartment in Paris where Samuel Beckett lived with his partner Suzanne during the Second World War. A story of Art and Resistance, the audience listen through headphones and gaze upon a spectacle of absence – the absence of bodies on stage focuses us more intently on their stories, on the world changing around us, and changed by us. From the makers of LIPPY, Chekhov’s First Play and Hamnet, this is the biography of a room, and an invitation to bear witness to a world as it disappears.

The self-proclaimed ‘Clown in a Gown’ will tell tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life on the most ambitious solo drag show tour in history on her brand-new comedy show ‘It’s Jester Joke’. Irreverent and fierce, Bianca is guaranteed to keep audiences in stitches with her comical ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ views, from politics and travel to family and social media that has seen her become one of the biggest drag superstars in the world today. Don’t miss the chance to see The Queen of Mean in her uncompromisingly funny new show in September 2019.

More than 30 years ago, Ben Elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting Channel 4’s ground breaking Saturday Live. Now, after a 15 year absence, the Godfather of modern stand-up returns to the medium he did so much to define. Back on the road with an all new stand-up show, Ben promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. As Ben says: “The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn.”

More than 30 years ago, Ben Elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting Channel 4’s ground breaking Saturday Live. Now, after a 15 year absence, the Godfather of modern stand-up returns to the medium he did so much to define. Back on the road with an all new stand-up show, Ben promises to try and make sense of a world which appears to have gone stark raving mad. As Ben says: “The last time I toured I was still smarter than my phone. Things have definitely taken a funny turn.”

The Beacon by Nancy Harris is a new play commissioned by Druid in 2016 and marks Nancy Harris’s Druid debut and her welcome return to the Gate Theatre stage after her brilliantly dark comic adaptation of The Red Shoes in 2017. The Beacon will run as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. In The Beacon, Beiv, a celebrated artist, has moved from suburban Dublin to her holiday cottage on an island off the coast of West Cork. But a dark shadow from the past hangs over her. When her estranged son and his new young wife arrive to stay, she is faced with some difficult questions. Preview: Wednesday 2 October 2019 Opening Night: Thursday 3 October 2019 Matinees: Saturday – 2.30pm Evenings: Monday to Saturday – 7.30pm

Paul Smith, resident compere at Liverpool’s famous Hot Water Comedy Club has confirmed a date at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Sunday 6th October, 2019.  Tickets for the show will go on sale this Friday 12th April at 9.00am. His first national tour in 2018 saw him go from circuit act to one of the biggest selling names in UK stand-up in less than a year. Paul Smith returns with his second national tour show. Join this crowd favourite for another night of hilarity. If you witnessed 2018’s tour, which culminated in an unforgettable night at the M&S Bank Arena, you’re sure to return. If you have been to Hot Water you will have undoubtedly witnessed his skill in interacting with the audience, drawing material from the smallest suggestion and turning it into hilarious comedy. Paul has been crowned Liverpool’s New Comedian of the Year and was a finalist at The Leicester Comedian of the Year competition.

Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano are collectively known as the The Tenderloins, the quartet rose to fame on the reality TV programme, Impractical Jokers. Premiering on TruTV in December 2011, the hidden camera series sees the friends coerce one another into doing public pranks. It quickly set itself apart from its contemporaries by filling the show with clever humour rather than slapstick or crude comedy. Recent pranks have seen members of The Tenderloins fall instantly head-over-heels for a stranger, make some unusual suggestions in a city planning meeting, and attempt to gift-wrap shoppers’ groceries in a supermarket. In early 2018, TruTV announced the renewal of Impractical Jokers, taking it into its eighth season. The 26 brand new episodes are set to be aired from February 2019, with a feature-length film also in the works. The Tenderloins have announced that they’ll be returning to the UK in October 2019 with a brand new show. Their live shows see the four-piece bring their improv and comedy experiences to stages across the UK, blended with footage and associated stories from the hit TV show.

Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano are collectively known as the The Tenderloins, the quartet rose to fame on the reality TV programme, Impractical Jokers. Premiering on TruTV in December 2011, the hidden camera series sees the friends coerce one another into doing public pranks. It quickly set itself apart from its contemporaries by filling the show with clever humour rather than slapstick or crude comedy. Recent pranks have seen members of The Tenderloins fall instantly head-over-heels for a stranger, make some unusual suggestions in a city planning meeting, and attempt to gift-wrap shoppers’ groceries in a supermarket. In early 2018, TruTV announced the renewal of Impractical Jokers, taking it into its eighth season. The 26 brand new episodes are set to be aired from February 2019, with a feature-length film also in the works. The Tenderloins have announced that they’ll be returning to the UK in October 2019 with a brand new show. Their live shows see the four-piece bring their improv and comedy experiences to stages across the UK, blended with footage and associated stories from the hit TV show.

We are delighted to present the world debut of a new, original Irish musical with book by Grace O’Malley and music and lyrics by Ross O’Connor. A small fish in a big pond finds her way to Smock Alley’s Main Space October 15th-19th. When Dublin girl Anna graduates from drama school in London and finds herself waiting tables instead of waiting in the wings, she struggles to find her place in the world. A story about young adults and their transition into the real world, the challenges they face and how those challenges affect their mental health. Book by Grace O’Malley Music by Ross O’Connor Produced by Grace O’Malley & Karen Lee

Des Bishop is coming home after spending over a year in China. He has some fun stories to tell about that: from working in a restaurant in the North East for a month to trying to find a wife in a Marriage park; plus some great journeys with Leo his co-worker from the Abrakebabra days. But he also can’t wait to tell you about all the things he missed about home: democracy, milk, sarcasm and so much more. Most importantly though, Des just can’t wait to speak English without being censored. Absence makes the heart grow funnier, so come and check out this unique show.

Widdicombe is best known for the twice BAFTA nominated and multiple Broadcast and RTS award winning show The Last Leg, as well as his critically acclaimed sitcom JOSH, Insert Name Here, QI, Have I Got New For You, A League of Their Own and his hit podcast Quickly Kevin Will He Score.

Joseph “Joe” Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Salvatore “Sal” Vulcano are collectively known as the The Tenderloins, the quartet rose to fame on the reality TV programme, Impractical Jokers. Premiering on TruTV in December 2011, the hidden camera series sees the friends coerce one another into doing public pranks. It quickly set itself apart from its contemporaries by filling the show with clever humour rather than slapstick or crude comedy. Recent pranks have seen members of The Tenderloins fall instantly head-over-heels for a stranger, make some unusual suggestions in a city planning meeting, and attempt to gift-wrap shoppers’ groceries in a supermarket. In early 2018, TruTV announced the renewal of Impractical Jokers, taking it into its eighth season. The 26 brand new episodes are set to be aired from February 2019, with a feature-length film also in the works. The Tenderloins have announced that they’ll be returning to the UK in October 2019 with a brand new show. Their live shows see the four-piece bring their improv and comedy experiences to stages across the UK, blended with footage and associated stories from the hit TV show.

Following two sold-out seasons at the London Coliseum, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre brings the grace and beauty of Swan Lake to Dublin. With magnificent sets and beautiful costumes, the company of 55, led by prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, presents Russian Ballet tradition in all its glory. St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is renowned globally from London to Sydney, from Hong Kong and Singapore to Johannesburg and Paris for its superbly trained Vaganova soloists and corps de ballet. Tchaikovsky’s immortal Swan Lake, the world’s most loved classical ballet, will be accompanied by a full theatre orchestra. See it once – remember it forever.

ballet project[d] presents two new and original new works choreographed by Lauren Speirs at Smock Alley Theater October 24th – 26th. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen, Persuasion. An abstract look at how our world shapes us. An exploration of the grey area between negative and positive persuasion. Rational Creatures and Ensnared (Choreography collaboration with Fiona Kania) feature six professional female ballet dancers and music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Zoe Keating, and Max Richter. Rational Creatures explores the topic from a more classical, storytelling point of view while Ensnared examines persuasion from a more abstract, contemporary vantage.” Suitable for ages 3+ About the company… ballet project[d] is Ireland’s youngest and most innovative professional ballet company. Born here in Dublin, we began as an ambitious project which set out to lead a renaissance movement in ballet, making Dublin the most educated and entertained audience worldwide. We hope to bring ballet closer to the mainstream and re-invent some of the outdated conventions that are holding the art form back from thriving in the 21st century.

ballet project[d] presents two new and original works choreographed by Lauren Speirs at Smock Alley Theater October 24th – 26th. “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen, Persuasion. An abstract look at how our world shapes us. An exploration of the grey area between negative and positive persuasion. Rational Creatures and Ensnared (Choreography collaboration with Fiona Kania) feature six professional female ballet dancers and music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Zoe Keating, and Max Richter. Rational Creatures explores the topic from a more classical, storytelling point of view while Ensnared examines persuasion from a more abstract, contemporary vantage.” Suitable for ages 3+ About the company… “The classic “Studies in Red,” (choreography: Lauren Speirs), 3 girls 2 boys, twists, turns, high kicks and poses in excellent form was a highlight of the Dance Forms show at Edinburgh (Fringe Festival)” – The Komisar Scoop “All I can say is let’s hope Lauren is not a stranger on the Irish ballet scene in future and that this lady can bring such magic back to our theatres soon.” – Ireland Today News Follow ballet projected[d] on Facebook and Instagram and […]

Beware this Halloween for the door between the living and the dead is opening for a night of unspeakable glamour. The beautiful and the damned will rise again for Danse Macabre Monster’s Ball, Ireland’s most decadent Halloween party. For one night only, the grand Concert Hall becomes a haunted house with a touch of the cirque du freak. Your hosts — the divine temptress and dancefloor slayer, Bonnie Boux, and prince of all things unholy, Beelzebub, will lead you through a party that mixes live music, DJs, dance, variety, immersive performances, cabaret and the occasional sacrifice. Beware of the strange and unusual. Our fiendish fan dancers, frightful Follies and avant-garde performers will haunt the stage. There will be terrible beauties and blood-soaked burlesque. Rocky Horror Picture Show Ireland will show you the moves for Ireland’s biggest time warp. The Sanderson Sisters will stop by for some spell casting and The House of Jeuje Dancers will raise the roof and the dead with their unearthly moves. Flaunt yourself at our procession as our twisted collective of performers prance and dance. Play old carnival and Halloween games. Find out your future at Madam Mim’s fortune booth. Scream your blood-curdling lungs out at […]

Pale Sister, written by Colm Tóibín for Irish actress Lisa Dwan, is a dramatisation of the voice of Ismene, the sister of Antigone, who recounts her sister’s defiance of the king as pressures mount on Ismene herself to act to vindicate her sister, or even follow her example.

The Actor/Comedian/Writer is best known for his three Netflix specials, Disgraceful (2018), Mostly Stories (2016), and Completely Normal (2014). Paste Magazine described him as, “…having a natural and capable storytelling ability, one that lifts his narratives out of average anecdote fare and plants them firmly in hilarious ground.” Additionally, his hit podcast Your Mom’s House which he co-hosts with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky, was a finalist for Best Comedy Podcast at the Stitcher Awards and profiled by VICE.

THE MATCHMAKER based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by JOHN B. KEANE one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, will be at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for one week only from 5th to 10th November, and will star Mary  McEvoy best known for her role  as Biddie in the long running RTE series GLENROE and  Irish Actor and comedian Jon Kenny  who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt. Kenny is also best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.  Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy. The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn.  Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister. Using his […]

Nickelodeon, AEG presents and Aiken Promotions today announce that YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa will be bringing her D.R.E.A.M. tour to Ireland and will play the 3Arena on 6 November 2019. Due to phenomenal demand an extra date has been added on 7 November! JoJo Siwa: “I’m so excited to bring my tour to the UK & Ireland – I can’t wait to see everyone! We’re going to have the best time ever!” Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, New York Times bestselling author and star on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Tickets go on sale Friday 19 July at 10am from all usual outlets. Three Ireland Presale tickets on sale Wednesday 17 July at 10am with #3Plus. 6 November SOLD OUT Tickets for 7 November on sale Tuesday 23 July at 10am. Three Ireland Presale tickets for new date 7 November on sale Monday 22 July at 10am with #3Plus

Following a hugely successful first tour, Marvel Universe LIVE! is back with a brand new show featuring more than 20 of your favourite marvel super heroes and villains for 2019. In this all-new production, produced by Feld Entertainment, Spider-Man, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will join forces with Doctor Strange – the master of the mystic arts – as they do battle against Loki. Fans will witness cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, and impressive 3D video projection mapping in this completely new thrilling adventure. With aerial stunts, martial arts and daring motorcycle skills, fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel universe in a show unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

“It’s not fair!” The notion of justice is of paramount importance to children, and key to the appeal of the Cinderella story. But whatever your favourite version, you will find something uniquely dark, yet sparkling and touchingly redemptive in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. This production unfolds from the very pages of books and celebrates the idea of literature, of fantasy, of escapism, and most importantly of Goodness Triumphant. The age-old fairytale resonates as much today as it did in times gone by. The story of Cinderella has been whisked up into an opera many times. But only once with the sparkle and affection of Rossini’s version of 1817. The title role is taken by Tara Erraught, Ireland’s most sought-after singer, who is celebrated for her rich vocal fireworks and dynamic stage presence, and is especially acclaimed in the operas of Rossini.

Five years after his last comedy tour FORCE MAJEURE made comedy history having played 45 countries including all 50 US States AND in four languages, making it the most extensive comedy show ever, EDDIE is back to his roots with an all-new rather personal show which expands on his own very unique, totally surreal view of life, love, history and his ‘theory of the universe’. “It is getting close to the time when I have to go off for a while to have a political life. But before I do that, I want to keep giving audiences around the world the best stand-up comedy shows that I can – especially at a time of Brexit-hate and Trump-hate. My new show is about everything from humans over the last 100,000 years to talking dogs and animal superheroes. I am looking forward to coming to see everyone again.” WUNDERBAR is a delicious insight into the surreal and fantastical world of EDDIE IZZARD. This is intelligent Bunkum of the highest order. Presented by Mick Perrin Worldwide Ltd. This show may contain strong and imaginative language.

Following a hugely successful first tour, Marvel Universe LIVE! is back with a brand new show featuring more than 20 of your favourite marvel super heroes and villains for 2019. In this all-new production, produced by Feld Entertainment, Spider-Man, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will join forces with Doctor Strange – the master of the mystic arts – as they do battle against Loki. Fans will witness cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, and impressive 3D video projection mapping in this completely new thrilling adventure. With aerial stunts, martial arts and daring motorcycle skills, fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel universe in a show unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

In Jack Thorne’s superb retelling of this timeless Christmas fable, Dickens’s dream-like story is transformed into a theatrical experience in which inclusivity and community are centre stage, and the barriers between stage and audience are re-imagined for the 21st Century in a re-configured Gate auditorium. Previews from: Friday 15 November 2019 Opening Night: Thursday 21 November 2019 Matinees: Selected Saturdays and Wednesdays – 2.30pm Evenings: Mondays to Saturdays – 7.30pm Age Guidance: A Christmas Carol is recommended for audiences aged 8+.

Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby is brings her new show Douglas to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre stage. Tasmania’s own Hannah Gadsby has come to the world’s attention through her multi-award winning stand up show Nanette which played to sold out houses across Australia, London, Edinburgh, New York and Los Angeles before launching on Netflix in June 2018 as the first Australian Netflix Original Comedy Special and stopping the comedy world in its tracks. The overnight success of Hannah Gadsby was more than ten years in the making, with her award-winning stand up shows a sell-out fixture in festivals across Australia and the UK. She played a character called Hannah on the TV series Please Like Me and has hosted three art documentaries, inspired by comedy art lectures she created to accompany collections at major galleries.

He’s back. The keenly-awaited brand new tour show is here. Packing more energy than a Duracell factory, Russell’ s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life – once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us, see more stuff, and get more done. Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is best known for BBC Three’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone and the host of three series of BBC Three‘s Live At The Electric. Other TV appearances include BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, BBC Three’s Unzipped, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here Now. Winner of Best Show in 2010 at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Russell went on to make history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Barry Award in one year.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto! The Gaiety Theatre has hosted the annual Christmas Panto each year since 1873. Today, families come from far and wide to experience the Gaiety Christmas Panto and for many it has become as much a family Christmas tradition as Santa himself! The 2019 – 2020 fabulous Gaiety Theatre pantomime is Aladdin

Circus 1903 features talented acts from around that world that are sure to take your breath away while transporting you to the mesmerising Golden Age of circus. Enjoy daredevil performances by acrobats, jugglers, trapeze and high wire performers, contortionists and more. Plus, Circus 1903 includes incredible puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse, who put remarkably created elephants back in the ring as you’ve never imagined. Perfect for all ages, don’t miss this captivating turn-of-the-century circus this Christmas.

Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand new stand up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you to fill you in and make you laugh. Host of BBC One’s All Together Now and team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats. He is also the star of BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC Two’sMock The Week, ITV’s Play To The Whistle, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and Sky’sA League of Their Own. And he is a host of Dave’s podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Jimmy Bullard and Ian Smith.

Second date added on December 8th. Fresh from The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, A League Of Their Own and Judge Romesh, he’s putting showbiz aside to deliver a carefully-curated selection of all the things he has found unacceptable since his last tour, including why trying to save the environment is a scam, why none of us are truly free, and his suspicion that his wife is using gluten intolerance to avoid sleeping with him. Romesh’s cynicism has become his trademark, but since being nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Awards this deadpan humour has become one of Britain’s most respected and popular comics.  Now, though, it’s time for the Asian Provocateur to return to his stand-up roots for a while – there’s things he needs to point out, discuss and have a good moan about. Care to join him? Romesh Ranganathan is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and presenter. After ditching his burgeoning Maths teacher career in his early 30s for a life on the comedy road, his shows Rom Com and Rom Wasn’t Built in a Day earned nominations for Edinburgh Best Newcomer 2013 and Best Show Award 2014, respectively. Having established himself as a major force on the stand-up scene, TV work has followed in the […]

Jim Jefferies has announced he will return to Dublin this December as he brings The Night Talker Tour to 3Arena for one night only! One of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, entertaining audiences across the globe with his provocative, belief-challenging, and thought-provoking comedy. He was recently named one of the top 5 touring comedians in the world. After receiving rave reviews for his 2018 international stand up tour, The Unusual Punishment Tour, Jim is back on the road with an entirely new routine for his The Night Talker Tour, which he’ll be performing internationally and nationally through November 2019.

Never before seen in Ireland, multiple award-winning composer, songwriter and reigning Pumpkin King, Danny Elfman will be bringing Disney’s timeless classic, Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to life on 8th December 2019 at 3Arena Dublin as part of the movie’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Performing his role of Jack Skellington, Danny Elfman will be joined by other original cast members Catherine O’Hara as Sally, and Ken Page as the voice of Oogie Boogie with full orchestral accompaniment by the Orchestra of Ireland. Conductor John Mauceri, Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be leading the full orchestra and choir performing the film’s classic score and songs live to picture. The concert will also include featured violin soloist, Sandy Cameron.  

The sensational feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! will return to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin for a 4 week run from 10th December 2019 – 5th January 2020 as part of a UK and International Tour celebrating 20 years since MAMMA MIA! premiered in London in April 1999. From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll. To date, it has been seen by over 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China. MAMMA MIA! became the 8th longest running show in Broadway history where it played a record-breaking run for 14 years. MAMMA MIA! continues to thrill audiences in London’s West End at the Novello Theatre where it will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on 6 April 2019. The hugely successful first International Tour premiered in Dublin in September 2004 and visited 85 cities across 38 countries, selling over 5 million tickets over 9 years. Produced […]

One of the most popular stand-up comics in the UK, Jack Whitehall is heading out on his largest ever tour this winter. Called Jack Whitehall: Stood Up, the huge arena tour is his third, following 2014’s Jack Whitehall: Gets Around and 2017’s Jack Whitehall: At Large. Alongside his stand-up career, Jack is also an in-demand actor. The Londoner was most recently seen in Lasse Hallstrom’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, starring opposite Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, and in 2020 he’s set to appear in Disney’s Jungle Cruise opposite Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Jack actually landed a role in another of Disney’s biggest films, the animated musical fantasy Frozen. He provided the voice for Gothi, one of the Trolls – but unfortunately after editing only about two lines of his dialogue ended up in it. Many people recently enjoyed Jack’s Netflix show Travels with My Father. Now in its second season, the show features Jack and his father Michael touring the globe, clashing over what they want to see and do on their travels. More of Jack’s television credits include Decline & Fall, Fresh Meat, Bad Education, Backchat, A League of Their Own, Stand Up for […]

One of the most popular stand-up comics in the UK, Jack Whitehall is heading out on his largest ever tour this winter. Called Jack Whitehall: Stood Up, the huge arena tour is his third, following 2014’s Jack Whitehall: Gets Around and 2017’s Jack Whitehall: At Large. Alongside his stand-up career, Jack is also an in-demand actor. The Londoner was most recently seen in Lasse Hallstrom’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, starring opposite Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, and in 2020 he’s set to appear in Disney’s Jungle Cruise opposite Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Jack actually landed a role in another of Disney’s biggest films, the animated musical fantasy Frozen. He provided the voice for Gothi, one of the Trolls – but unfortunately after editing only about two lines of his dialogue ended up in it. Many people recently enjoyed Jack’s Netflix show Travels with My Father. Now in its second season, the show features Jack and his father Michael touring the globe, clashing over what they want to see and do on their travels. More of Jack’s television credits include Decline & Fall, Fresh Meat, Bad Education, Backchat, A League of Their Own, Stand Up for […]

As everyone has discovered, The Olympia Theatre Pantomime is now THE MUST SEE Panto in Dublin! With a glittering Celebrity line-up, traditional Panto values and the funniest script in the country, this year will be as star studded and surprising as ever. Cinderella –The Story of Cinders & Her Fella – is the most entertaining, magical and funniest family Panto you are ever likely to see! Running from Friday 20th December until Sunday 5th January, matinee & evening shows most days (full list of performances & times below) Please note, there is no show on 24th & 25th December.

The Sound of Music returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish staging of The Sound Of Music tells the true story of the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom as their beloved Austria becomes part of the Third Reich at the start of WWII. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including ‘Edelweiss’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, and of course, the title song – ‘The Sound of Music’. Friday 10th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Saturday 11th January 2020 Show 2:30pm Saturday 11th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Tuesday 14th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Wednesday 15th January 2020 Show 2:30pm Wednesday 15th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Thursday 16th January 2020 Show 2:30pm Thursday 16th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Friday 17th January 2020 Show 7:30pm Saturday 18th January 2020 Show 2:30pm

Keith Barry, the world’s leading TV hypnotist, mentalist and brain hacker, has just announced details of his brand new show ‘INSANITY’. The internationally acclaimed Mind Magician is bringing ‘INSANITY’, his most daring and audacious show to date, on tour across Ireland this December 2019 to March 2020. Featuring crazy and insane mind-reading, escapology and magic experiments designed to shock, amuse and amaze blurring the lines between sanity and insanity. “INSANITY” will push boundaries, and astonish even the most skeptical audience members. Keith Barry has been blazing a trail across the globe for many years. His mind-blowing skills have been showcased in over forty international television shows, with Keith’s series ‘Hypnotize Me’ currently airing on the CW network in the US. Based on the smash ITV hit ‘You’re Back in The Room’, ‘Hypnotize Me’ is going down a storm with the American audience. He has also just finished production of his new RTÉ series ‘The Keith Barry Experience’ which will air on RTÉ One this September. As well as his own hugely successful US TV series, including ‘Deception with Keith Barry’, Keith has appeared many times on some of the most prestigious US shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The […]

Following a sold-out Dublin date last March, multi-award-winning comedian Rhod Gilbert has announced his return to The Olympia Theatre on 12th March 2020 due to public demand, with his show The Book Of John. As one of the leading stand-up comedy talents, he has enjoyed many successful years as a star of television and radio. He has amassed eight series of his hugely popular ‘Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience’. He is the current host of BBC2’s ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’ and is the former host of ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’. He’s regularly hosted ‘Have I Got News for You?’ and has appeared countless times on ‘Qi’, ‘Would I Lie to You?’ and ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’. He has hosted ‘Live at The Apollo’ on multiple occasions and has twice performed on ‘The Royal Variety Performance’. He is set to appear in the forthcoming series of the Bafta award-winning ‘Taskmaster’.

The West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera, at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, is now celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist. The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9 October 1986 with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles, and there have been dozens of productions worldwide since then. Now in its 30th record-breaking year, The Phantom of the Opera continues to captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, after more than 12,000 performances. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night. The Phantom of the Opera has won over 50 major theatre awards, including three Olivier Awards in the West End and seven Tonys on Broadway. It was the winner of the Olivier Audience Award, voted by the public, in the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards.

Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo.