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A murdered King. A remarried Queen. A state on the precipice. When society starts to collapse, do we fight or flee? Hamlet is one of the most revived Shakespeare plays in the Gate’s 90 year history (1928-2018). In celebration of the theatre’s pioneering founders, Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir, Shakespeare’s iconic story of politics, vengeance, madness and murder is reimagined in a ground-breaking, visionary Gate Theatre production for today’s audience. Oscar-nominated Irish actress, Ruth Negga, makes her Gate stage debut in the title role of Hamlet, joined by a cast of Ireland’s finest actors. Award-winning director Yaël Farber heads an exciting creative team including Tony award-winning set and costume designer Susan Hilferty, lighting designer Paul Keogan and composer Tom Lane. Hamlet will be part of the 2018 Dublin Theatre Festival.

It is believed that this crypt was built to contain the most evil creatures of them all, the Vampirates! Bloodthirsty, evil scourge of the sea made immortal by the bite of vampires they had chanced upon adrift at sea. These barely human monsters and their comrades lie in wait below the theatre to test your courage. Run through mazes, crawl through tunnels, try to escape the horror. Fast, frenzied and starved of blood, the Vampirates will get you. There is but one question you must ask yourself: Are you brave enough? Or foolish enough? Presented by the creative team behind Dublin’s original horror attraction ‘Damnation’ in the RDS and Galway’s widely renowned ‘CarnEvil!’, Bloodlust is by far their most terrifying and largest work to date! Using high end special effects, hydraulics, pneumatics, audio-visuals along with real living monsters and the occasional human, the Bloodlust team will have you screaming all the way through. Bloodlust is a walk-through experience aimed at adults who enjoy the fear factor! Chicken doors an escape for the faint of heart.

Crippled from birth and intensely ambitious, he sets about bending the world to his own desires. No bond is too sacred, no blood too thick – nothing will stand between Richard and the crown. Shakespeare gives us one of the great villains in Richard III, in a chilling and darkly comic story of power and ambition. Druid continues its exploration of Shakespeare’s kings with the acclaimed creative team and members of the Druid Ensemble who worked on DruidShakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV (Pts. 1 & 2) and Henry V.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane has the foremost collection of modern and contemporary art in Ireland and is believed to be among the first galleries of modern art in the world. The Gallery is also significant for its association with the Nobel laureate W.B. Yeats. The Gallery’s prodigious collection which includes works by Renoir, Monet, John Lavery, Walter Osborne, Roderic O’Conor, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness, Seán Scully and Francis Bacon, spans an enormously fruitful period in modern and contemporary art and these lectures will offer opportunities for exploring insightful perspectives on landscape, figuration, portraiture and abstraction. The lectures will discuss the Gallery’s magnificent stained glass artworks by Harry Clarke; the Francis Bacon studio; sculpture by artists including Edgar Degas, John Kindness and others; socially engaged and political art; Irish artists abroad; women artists in the Hugh Lane’s collection as well as an opportunity for viewing Impressionist masterpieces in the Gallery spaces. The course will be delivered by Jessica O’Donnell, Head of Education and Community Outreach at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and experienced and knowledgeable art historians from the Hugh Lane’s lecturers: Jessica Fahy, Anne Cormican and Sarah Dunne-O’Connell.

Cirque du Soleil returns with a brand new show, Ovo. Discover a world of insects teaming with amazement, joy and unstoppable energy. Follow them on their adventure and uncover the secret world at our feet – a colourful ecosystem where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and love. Ovo is a non-stop riot of energy and movement and features many of Cirque du Soleil’s show-stopping performers including a stunning 14m high flying trapeze act – the biggest of its kind! An unforgettable experience, don’t miss your chance to experience the world-famous Cirque du Soleil performing at a venue near you in 2018.

Fregoli Theatre Company ‘In the city you choose your friends, here you take the hand you’re dealt’ ‘The Streets are Ours’ chronicles the night time activities of a group of aimless 20-somethings still living in a small town in the midlands and their reunion with an old friend. Meeting in an empty parking lot, the gang reconnect, reminisce and attempt to heal old wounds, but as the night goes on, things left unsaid for too long begin to resurface. Galway-based company Fregoli Theatre are champions of new Irish writing, giving a voice to an Ireland that is often silent and unheard. Delivered with Fregoli’s trademark energy, passion, and humour, ‘The Streets Are Ours’ will send you buzzing into the streets. 17 & 18 Oct | 8pm | Boys’ School Age Suitability 14+ Strong Language Running time: 50 mins

Cirque du Soleil returns with a brand new show, Ovo. Discover a world of insects teaming with amazement, joy and unstoppable energy. Follow them on their adventure and uncover the secret world at our feet – a colourful ecosystem where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and love. Ovo is a non-stop riot of energy and movement and features many of Cirque du Soleil’s show-stopping performers including a stunning 14m high flying trapeze act – the biggest of its kind! An unforgettable experience, don’t miss your chance to experience the world-famous Cirque du Soleil performing at a venue near you in 2018.

Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you! Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome. You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit. Funny, frank and unapologetically filthy.

Notorious for being ‘Ridiculous’ Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy’s masters. His brilliantly observed, ever evolving and hilarious stand-up has also made him the undisputed award-winning star of TV shows including Live at the Apollo and Sunday Night at the Palladium. Don’t miss Jimeoin’s next knockout performance – grab yourself a ring-side seat for an unforgettably hilarious evening of worldclass stand-up…live!

An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix’s The Staircase. Join David Rudolf, the defense attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series The Staircase, for an evening of discussion into the intimate details of case and the series. David will discuss the conflicts he wrestled with in determining whether to let the filmmakers follow him, his client and his trial preparation, and his insights into the most curious and contentious issues in the case, including the blood spatter evidence, the bisexuality and Germany evidence, the discovery of the blow poke, and the genesis of the Owl Theory.

The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with all your friends. With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide tours, it’s no wonder The Dreamboys are the only show of its kind in history to have celebrity status. If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible hunks. An action packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more. Book your Tickets now before it’s too late.

The woman from Clontarf asks what have Après Match ever given us? 20 years of great comedy that’s what! Yes, Après Match are 20 this year. And that’s one birthday bash you cannot afford to miss! Coming to a venue near you, Après Match bring their hilarious and cutting-edge comedy. They were the first and they are still the best. As Someone once said accept no substitute! Join the boys from the land of Après, for their all new World Cup special show featuring a vast arsenal of characters, biting satire and general mayhem as seen on TV and stage over a career spanning 20 glorious years. From the world of Sport, politics, media and everything in between, watch the anarchic Après Match rip the piss and deflate the egos of the great and the good and of the high and very mighty. From Dunphy to Bono, from Ivan Yates to Graham Norton from Joe Duffy to TV3 – no-one escapes their wicked ways and evil eye. So make a date with destiny baby…. Having the craic with Après Match …for 20 years… Not a good laugh but a great laugh……

Dan Sperry is the most popular modern illusionist of his generation. His fascination with the art of magic began when he was four years old and he performed his first paid show at age 11. By the time he was 17 Anti-Conjuror Dan Sperry was already an internationally recognized champion with honors including being one of the youngest illusionists to headline the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood and shortly thereafter his resume would grow to include multiple appearances on the hit TV series “Masters of Illusion”, the youngest illusionist featured in several shows on the Las Vegas strip, tours taking him around the world including France, Italy, Canada, and Greece, he is also the only illusionist to ever be awarded the title of most original magician on FOX’s “World Magic Awards.”

Join us for an evening with prize-winning author Colm Tóibín as he discusses ‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know : The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce’. In his new book, Colm Tóibín turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland’s greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences – their fathers. From Wilde’s doctor father who was taken to court by an obsessed lover in a strange premonition of what would happen to his son; to Yeats’ father, an impoverished artist and brilliant letter-writer who could never finish apainting; to John Stanislus Joyce, a singer, drinker and story-teller, a man unwilling to provide for his large family, whom his son James memorialised in his work. Presented as part of The Gutter Bookshop’s ‘Writers at Smock Alley’ series, this is sure to be a unique and unmissable evening with one of the Ireland ’s finest writers. Image by Steve Pyke

Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, Bram Stoker Festival 2018 has something for everyone in its gothically inspired programme of events. Our full programme will be revealed in late September, but browse the events we currently have on sale from our homepage, or check out our videos for a sample of what to expect at one of Dublin’s most anticipated events. Bram Stoker Festival is brought to life by Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland and presented by Schweppe Curtis Nunn Ltd. Friday 26th 9:30am – 5:00pm Marsh’s and the Gothic 7:00pm – 9:30pm NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century 7:00pm – 8:00pm The Horrors in the Black Church 7:00pm – 10:00pm PaINTCLUB x Bram Stoker ‘Legendary’ 8:00pm – 9:50pm Creature Features: Arachnophobia 8:30pm – 9:30pm The Night of the Shifting Bog Saturday 27th 10:00 am – 5:00pm The Haunted Library 10:30 am – 4:00pm PaINTCLUB Family x Bram Stoker 11:00 am – 4:30pm Stokerland 2018 1:00pm – 2:00pm SLICE: The Gothic Graphic Novel Live 1:00pm – 3:00pm NYsferatu – Xenophobia and the Vampire Myth 4:30pm – 5:30pm Life After Stoker: Dracula’s Continued Relevance 7:00pm – 8:00pm The Horrors in the Black Church 8:00pm – 9:45pm Creature […]

Versatile is Eskimo Supreme and Casper Walsh, two Dublin natives rhyming and visualising the humorous and grittier aspects of life as young run arounds. Tales are vividly told in their songs like stealing dogs as a means of income, to the bleak scenes of an after party, all the while maintaining their jovial manner. Since 2014 with the group’s first uploads to their highly subscribed YouTube channel, OUTBURST, they have organically found mass appeal throughout Ireland and beyond, creating a close to cultish following amongst their fans.

One of the most influential footballers of all time takes to the stage for a handful of selected UK & Irish dates, including a stop off at The Olympia Theatre on Tuesday 30th October. Due to phenomenal demand, a second show has been added on Thurdsday 1st November!

Direct from its success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a SOLD OUT Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

One of the most influential footballers of all time takes to the stage for a handful of selected UK & Irish dates, including a stop off at The Olympia Theatre on Tuesday 30th October. Due to phenomenal demand, a second show has been added on Thurdsday 1st November!

Double Cross creatively pitches two real-life Irishmen against each other in World War 2’s propaganda battle. Brendan Bracken the British Minister for Information, and Nazi broadcaster William Joyce, better known as Lord Haw-Haw. Both parts are played by Ian Toner, who is joined by Charlotte McCurry and Ian Kearns. Originally performed in 1986 by the Field Day Theatre Company, Double Cross now takes on a new relevance in an era of heightened nationalism and ‘fake news’.

Red Hurley Love Is All Thu 1 Nov 2018 8PM Main Auditorium // €29.50 Red will perform his greatest hits from down through the years, including ‘Love Is All’, ‘When’, ‘Kiss Me Goodbye’, ‘Broken Promises’, ‘Isadora’, ‘A Poor Man’s Roses’, ‘Let The Heartaches Begin’ and many more. Red is considered to be one of the finest performers Ireland has ever produced. His signature rich powerful voice, relaxed charm and energetic stage shows have captured the hearts of audiences everywhere. Performances throughout Europe and the United States have firmly established him as a truly exceptional entertainer. The 4 Of Us – Acoustic Gig With Brendan & Declan Murphy Fri 2 Nov 2018 8.15PM Draíocht Studio // €25 The 4 Of Us shot to fame with their debut album ‘Songs for the Tempted’, which featured the massive hits ‘Mary’ and ‘Drag My Bad Name Down’. The follow up ‘Man Alive’ made Q Magazine’s Top 50 albums and included the UK Top 30 single ‘She Hits Me’. Notching up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs and six Top 20 Irish charting albums, their music has also been featured extensively on American, British and Irish TV soundtracks. Last year the band celebrated their 25th […]

Courage leads the way for Disney’s most adventurous dreamers at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Join fearless Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to restore the stolen heart of Te Fiti. Let your hair down with Rapunzel, travel on an epic journey of sisterly love with Anna and Elsa, and follow your heart along with Cinderella, Aurora, Jasmine and Belle. Plus, arrive early to join a special 90th birthday celebration in honour of Walt Disney’s true original, Mickey Mouse. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget.

Now a massively-popular sub-genre of crime writing, Domestic Noir takes as its premise the belief that the domestic sphere can be a dark and dangerous environment for women.  Two fresh and highly-successful new voices discuss how their work fits into the genre with Declan Burke. Ali Land’s debut novel Good Me Bad Me became a Sunday Times and international bestseller. It was short-listed for Dead Good Reader Awards and for the Crime Writers Association New Blood Dagger.  It also became a Richard and Judy book club pick. Ali is currently working on her second novel. In a mere four years, Liz Nugent has become one of Ireland’s most popular and successful novelists.  With her three intriguing and deeply sinister novels, Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait, and most recently Skin Deep, she has built an enormous following both at home and abroad.

From the number one bestselling author, Peter James, comes an explosive standalone thriller that will grip you and won’t let go until the very last page. Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn’t answer the phone call that would change his life – and possibly the world – for ever.  Britain’s greatest crime writer shares  some of his secrets with Breda Brown. Peter James’s novels have been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over eighteen million copies. In 2015 WH Smith customers publicly voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in 2016 he became the recipient of the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence.