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This 5 star tripadvisor-rated comedy sketch show returns to the International Bar and the Sugar club.  A rollercoaster guide to Irish people, culture and customs using physical comedy and a box of strange props. Sketches include: The Complete History of Ireland in 7 minutes, An Interactive Game of Hurling, A Guide to Irish Music, and many more. This inventive, energetic show is ideal entertainment for the whole family with physical comedy for younger audiences and plenty of satirical comment for the adults. Join Dublin’s finest performers at the home of Irish Comedy- The International Bar at lunchtimes with a superb value lunch or at Dublin’s coolest music venue- TheSugar Club for afternoon performances. Full times and venues on our website. www.irealndasurvivorsguide.com  

All of Edna O’Brien’s novels published during the 1960s were ruled “indecent and obscene” under the Censorship of Publications Act. This started when the publication of The Country Girls caused outrage. It was banned in Ireland by the authorities and publicly burned by the clergy. Notoriety quickly turned to fame and this coming of age story of two young women in 1950s Ireland became a best-seller.

Join Alex (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash hit musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. This brand new musical from Dreamworks (Shrek The Musical) will leave audiences with no choice but to “Move It, Move It!”!

The RIAM, in collaboration with The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art, returns to the Abbey Theatre for Opera Briefs, a creative partnership between these two dynamic educational institutions. Set on Alcina’s magical island, Francesca Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola di Alcina is the first-known opera by a female composer and her only surviving opera. First performed in Florence in 1625, this pioneering composer set the libretto, derived from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, as a “Balletto in Musica” mixing music, drama and dance. The story was later the inspiration for operas by Vivaldi, Handel and Haydn. The music is a glorious mixture of choruses, arias, recitatives and madrigals

The last two people at a house-warming party. Two hearts on the shelf. Are they brave enough to fall? Previews: from Thurs 28th March 2019 Opening Night: Wed 3rd April 2019 Matinees: Sat – 2.30pm Evenings: Tue to Sat – 7.30pm

In her internationally-acclaimed comedy hit, Nuala McKeever delivers a poignant, hilarious, cocktail that has wowed audiences from the USA to India. 29 Mar 2019 | 7:30pm | Main Space Life hasn’t turned out the way Margaret dreamed. She’s lonely as hell, in a house that won’t sell, with no kids, no husband and a job that’s deathly boring. So tonight, she’s got a date with a bottle of pink fizz and a bowl of pink pills and she’s going to go out in style. But her romance with death is rudely interrupted by an intruder, a nosy neighbour and a policeman – a tall, handsome policeman. “Totally captivating (★★★★★)”  Broadway Baby “Exceptional”  Irish News “Razor sharp one-liners enliven the darkest of comedies”  Belfast Telegraph Recommended Age : 15+ Running time : 85 mins WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY: Nuala McKeever DIRECTED BY: Andrea Montgomery LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Paul Hinchcliffe SET BY: Nuala McKeever

A unique exhibition of paintings and songs by Barry Kerr, performed by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Pauline Scanlon, Niall Hanna, Síle Denvir, Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham. Barry Kerr is a visual artist, song-writer and musician whose deep love and understanding of Irish life and traditions informs his paintings and songs. This new work ‘Continuum’ tells visual and vernacular tales of the land and sea and of human connection and history. It is a fusion of Kerr’s creative energies into one entity to create a unique visual and sound experience for audience and performers. These dynamic paintings vividly depict scenes from a new series of songs and they will be exhibited and performed on the night by some of Ireland’s leading singers and musicians. A feast for the senses, ‘Continuum’ combines the best of modern Irish folk song with evocative oil paintings to create an extraordinary journey into the artist’s creative well. Running time : Approx. 65 mins SONGS AND PAINTINGS BY: Barry Kerr MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Síle Denvir PERFORMED BY: Barry Kerr, Síle Denvir, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Pauline Scanlon, Niamh Dunne, Seán Óg Graham, Niall Hanna

Claire lost her hair in front of the nation & miraculously grew it back again. The show is a story of struggle, perseverance and the art of learning how to be yourself. Basically a live Instagram Live with Claire Balding! An evening of fun, lols and uplifting & meaningful chats! Learn how to tell your story. Check out Claire on Instagram, facebook or on Snapchat: Claire.Balding. “She is an agent for change and progress, a powerful (and hilarious) antidote to the Irish media’s obsession with waxy women” “Most of the time I am barely conscious that our relationship is not two-way” Rhona McAuliffe, Sunday Independent “The future is bright for Ms. Fullam and I’ve no doubt that she will do great things in the future” Esther O’Moore Donohoe, 80% PodCast

Following multiple sell out Irish Tours the ultimate girls night out, “Menopause the Musical” is embarking on another Irish nationwide tour spring 2019 with an all- star cast. Fully armed this fabulous comedy hosts a cast of hormonal women, memory loss one-liners and innuendo-laden versions of pop classics. Starring Katherine Lynch (RTÉ’s “Wagons Den”), Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders favourite Heather Trott), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans) and Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley the hysterical Menopause The Musical has entertained and inspired women across the world since 2001. Menopausal or just in need of a laugh out loud kind of night, this show is a must see for all women. This hilarious celebration of women and ‘The Change’, is an all-singing, all-dancing comedy bringing together four women at a department store sale, who on first appearance have nothing in common. However, the sale of a black lace bra soon stimulates comical female heart-to-hearts on hot flushes, night sweats, memory loss, chocolate binges, not enough sex, too much sex and plastic surgery.

Wednesday 3 April 2019 | 5pm – 7pm Location: TBG+S Gallery Refreshments Free admission, click here to book your ticket. Late View is the perfect wind down after a busy day at work or the perfect activity on your day off. Please drop-in to chat with our curators, visit our latest exhibition Efference Copy Mechanism by Ronan McCrea, and have a glass of wine or a soft drink. Making Connections Do you live or work in the Temple Bar area? Are you interested in talking about art, visiting exhibitions, meeting artists, or learning about art making? Would you like to meet other people who work or live in the area? Then join us at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios for our FREE Making Connections Programme. These early morning, evening and weekend family events are for everyone – no previous experience required. About Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Founded in 1983, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios supports 30 artists in studios and stages an innovative programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Dublin Will Show You How is a provocative play that offers a gut-wrenching glimpse into the intimidation and isolation of women living in the culture of coercion and crime. It speaks of oppression and ultimately women’s ostracisation, where you cannot leave your home for fear of hearing or seeing something you shouldn’t, or being implicated in somebody else’s business. It is based in the north inner city of Dublin but it is about women everywhere and their survival.

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Experience Japan Hanami Festival, a special concert will be held on Friday 5th April. Four champion Japanese performers including Hiro Hayashida (former Kodo member and global award-winning Taiko Master) joined by Miyu Kobayashi (Shinobue & Taiko), Luke Hayashida (Taiko) and for this special event, Hibiki Sawada on Shamisen. In addition we will also have leading Irish musicians involved, including Robbie Walsh (Bodhrán), for a fusion of Irish and Japanese music. Experience Japan is a series of events designed to celebrate Japanese culture and the Japanese community in Ireland. Our events promote integration and cultural understanding between all communities. The centrepiece of Experience Japan is a ‘Hanami’ festival day where families and friends come together to enjoy free music and dance performances, along with demonstrations of Japanese culture. ‘Hanami’ is the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers, especially cherry blossom, to mark the arrival of spring. The annual Experience Japan festival in Farmleigh House and associated events are supported by the Office of Public Works, Dublin City Council and the Embassy of Japan. Experience Japan is an entirely non-commercial, community organisation operated by volunteers. Visit the Experience Japan website. Like Experience Japan on Facebook. […]

This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent. An exciting two-hour trip through hundreds of years of Irish dance and music featuring 22 award-winning world & Irish dance champions complete with 25 dazzling costume changes. Experience flailing fiddles, flutes, and inspiring dances along with our live vocalists, all complimented by a top live Irish tradional band of multi-instrumentalist musicians and a sensational sound and light show as seen on TV from China to California and from Siberia to Sydney. Worldwide toes are tapping – hands are clapping to the feet of RHYTHM OF THE DANCE. Enjoy the 20th Anniversary Tour – 5 million fans across 50 countries have!

A show for all ages; come and hear about the adventures of Óisín and Níamh, and their journey away from Ireland to the Land of Eternal Youth. Conducted by Sam Kavanagh, The Lalala Choir is a group of singers who will present their own arrangements of Irish folk songs, performed alongside a unique ensemble of trad and jazz musicians, and featuring the surrealist storytelling style of Ríona Sally Hartman. The Lalala Choir The Lalala Choir has been making its mark in Dublin since 2015 with their focus on improvisation and an inclusive philosophy that says ‘music is for everyone’. Their interactive performances have graced stages, courtyards and fields alike at Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Ballymaloe Litfest, the Night of Choirs Festival (Hungary). They also produce their own concerts and popup performances around the city, and regularly collaborate with other artists. While the group are used to putting their own spin on things, from Mozart operas to surf rock, this year they have stepped over the blurry line from improvisation to fullyfledged compositions and are set to make 2019 a year for new music. #musicisforeveryone Suitable for all ages Running Time: 60 mins Like the Lalala Choir on Facebook. Check out Ríona Sally […]

A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. The story is told through the eyes of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, employed as extras along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticized dream of Ireland is a long, long way from reality. Just two talented actors brilliantly bring to life a multitude of extraordinary characters, ranging from the spoilt American starlet to the English director and the village old timer. Often hysterically funny, thought-provoking and witty, this wonderful comedy has won numerous awards including both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway. Stones in his Pockets ran for four years in the West End and has delighted audiences around the world. One of the UK’s greatest directors of comedy, Lindsay Posner’s many acclaimed productions include Noises Off at The Old Vic, and Abigail’s Party, Relatively Speaking and Hay Fever in the West End. He was Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1987 – 1992, where his production of Death and the Maiden won two Olivier […]

The lives of four friends are changed forever when they enter the Stardust Nightclub on Dublin’s Northside on 13th February 1981. The new, lionhearted and savagely funny play by Dublin playwright Gemma Kane, captures the pulsating youth of 1980s Dublin on the brink of irreparable social change through sharp-tongued narrative and visceral movement, set to the backdrop of a haunting, 80s inspired soundscape by composer Dylan Tonge Jones. Mon 8 – Sat 13 Apr at 8pm Written by: Gemma Kane Directed by: Clare Maguire Asst. Director: Aoife Martyn Produced by: Ali Fox Cast: Laurence Falconer, Emily Fox, Gemma Kane + Niall O’Brien Movement coach: Bryan Burroughs Composer: Dylan Tonge Jones Set Design by: Sinead Purcell Age suitability 15+ Follow No Desserts on Facebook + Twitter

One of the most talked-about shows of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 arrives fresh from a sold-out festival run. Jay is the American Oscar-winning actor leading a new play that connects with his Irish roots. Leigh is the English director who will do anything to get noticed. And Ruth is the Northern Irish playwright whose voice must be heard. The stage is set for success but when they meet to discuss the play’s challenges and provocations a line is crossed, and their heated discussion quickly escalates into violence. Exploring abuses of power, the confusion of cultural identity and the silencing of the female voice, Ulster American is confrontational and brutally funny – not for the faint of heart, and not to be missed.

Life long Dublin docker Patrick has passed away surrounded by his beloved wife Esther, his son and his grandchildren. As they remember his life, Esther recounts a tale they are yet to hear. A new play by Lee Coffey, In Our Veins follows their family through 100 years of Dublin, from the notorious madams of the Monto to love in the dark tenements. This is the story of a Dublin City that no longer exists, where it came from and the people that helped build it.

SWEENEY LIVES! Frank Corcoran (IE) Programme: Frank Corcoran, Quasi una Missa (19’40”) 1999 Frank Corcoran, Tradurre Tradire (24’13”) 2004 Frank Corcoran, Sweeney’s Vision (20’39”) 1997 Three of Frank Corcoran’s ‘tape’ music masterworks are presented here for the first time in surround sound and as a complete body of work in a single concert. Each of these works reveal Corcoran’s far-reaching vision of a distant, multi-layered, mythic past which is rendered so deftly here in late 20th century technology. Written in the years spanning the peak of Corcoran’s creative output, these pieces are in a consciously radiophonic style and, when heard together in a seamless concert performance, they accumulate a coherence and forcefulness of argument and bring to life Corcoran’s mythological landscape, littered with visual metaphors, in a true ‘cinema for the ear’. SHERIFFS LOVE SONGS Stock11 (DE) Programme: Hannes Seidl: Grüße aus dem 11. Stock (Greetings from the 11th floor) [Laptop solo, 4Ch, 8′] Christoph Ogiermann: NOTIZ for Tim (Dublin version) [Violin Solo, 3′] Sebastian Berweck / Dick Raaijmakers: Intona [Video, 8′] Christoph Ogiermann / Hannes Seidl: From G. Feb’s Collection/Fundus JPFR [Violin & Voice, Laptop, 2 Ch, 15′] Michael Maierhof: splitting 41 [for Cello with sonic motors and tape, 10′] Uwe Rasch: aus vierundzwanzig: sieben [Video, 5′] Ogiermann/Maierhof/Seidl: Raajimakers’Intona Trio [Improv […]

For over twenty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought- provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. Best known for his hit podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Marc has interviewed iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lorne Michaels and former US President Barack Obama. It has become a worldwide phenomenon; averaging 6 million downloads each month, with nearly 450 million lifetime downloads. Maron currently stars in the hit Netflix original series, GLOW, alongside Betty Gilpin, and his critically acclaimed half-hour scripted television series, Maron, aired on IFC in the US and can be found on Netflix to stream. Marc has also performed guest starring roles in the series Girls, Louie, and Joe Swanberg’s Easy, and can be seen in the feature films Get A Job and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. He released his stand-up special, Thinky Pain, on Netflix in 2013 and as an album in 2014. His next special, More Later, premiered on Epix in the US in December 2015 and is also available on wtfpod.com. Maron’s most recent stand-up special, Marc Maron: Too Real, was released in 2017 and is currently […]

Programme: STEVEN KAZUO TAKASUGI, SIDESHOW, for amplified octet and electronic playback in five movements (2009-2015) performed by ENSEMBLE TZARA The Irish premier of Steven Takasugi’s concert-length music theatre masterwork for chamber ensemble. Based on the dark sideshows of Coney Island’s amusement parks in the early part of the 20th century, SIDESHOW is a meditation on virtuosity, freak shows, entertainment, spectacle, business, and the sacrifices one makes to survive in this world. A cycle of six aphorisms by the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus is embedded as a subtext running through the work. (kairos-music) “There is an unrepentant nakedness in Takasugi’s performances that suggests an intensely honest viewing of the world. The work’s language is one of immediacy. Such immediacy is increasingly the vehicle for storytelling, as manifest in the recent and cripplingly engrossing SIDESHOW (2009-15). It is like a Wizard of Oz bereft of tornadoes and technicolor: rather than journeying with spectacle, we find ourselves already in the foreign land. This new place emerges from the one we have always known, or thought we knew.” (Ray Evanoff, fociarts.com)

Programme: Karen Power, (Retro Disco commission) Jannik Giger, Maestro Eoin Callery, You might need a word for that Robert Ashley, Mixed Blessings, Indiana Katharina Rosenberger, If they bite with all their might David Sontòn Caflisch, La metta da fein In their first visit to Dublin, Swiss trio RETRO DISCO (horn, cello, synthesizer and electronics) showcase new music from Switzerland written specially for the group. The programme also includes the premier of a new commission by Karen Power. RETRO DISCO is a convertible hybrid between electronic and acoustic sounds. From absurd performances to introverted sound installations. The cello and horn provide friction for microtonal sine waves, synthetic sounds of the ’80s, or deliver samples that are dismembered at the touch of a button. “It’s Dynamite, it’s Retro Disco!” (Robert Ashley)

Programme: Patricia Martinez, Music Current commission (for horn, cello and synthesiser), 2018 plus RETRO DISCO perform selected works from Music Current 2019 ‘call for participation’ RETRO DISCO Trio perform new works for horn, cello, synthesizer and electronics by participant composers, selected following the annual Music Current ‘call for participation’. A regular and unique feature of Music Current festival, this concert rare chance to hear the brightest and most original voices in contemporary composition from around the world showcasing their work in Dublin.  One of the participation composers in this programme will be offered a commission to prepare a new works for Music Current 2020. And this concert will also feature the premiere of a new work by Argentinian Patricia Martinez – recipient of Music Current 2018 commission – written especially for RETRO DISCO.

We all know what she should do, but what would you do…? After the success of Glass Mask Theatre’s debut production ‘Idlewild’ by Jimmy Murphy, Smock Alley’s company-in-residence invites you back to the Boys’ School for Jimmy’s latest play, The Seamster’s Daughter. Megan always dreamt of meeting her birth father, but after discovering she was conceived through rape she sets out in search of a monster only to be conflicted when she doesn’t find one. Through Megan’s story Glass Mask presents a challenging and conflicting drama that looks at consent, choice and the right to life.

Following the phenomenal success of its world premiere tour, presented by Middle Ground Theatre, who brought you Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced this is the second tour of the gripping and critically acclaimed courtroom sensation The Verdict. Frank Galvin is a washed up veteran lawyer and an alcoholic. He is presented with one last chance to redeem himself when he is given an open-and-shut medical malpractice case that no one thinks he can win. Up against the unforgiving medical establishment he courageously refuses an out of court settlement, believing it is negligence that has condemned a young mother. Smelling a cover up, he instead takes the case and the entire legal system to court. Set in the Irish enclave of Boston in 1980, this is a stunning courtroom thriller made famous by the five times OSCAR nominated Sidney Lumet film with Paul Newman and James Mason.

An improvised soap opera… with puppets! Fur City is an improvised soap opera… with puppets! Completely made up on the spot based on suggestions from the audience, this hilarious soap parody features some of Ireland’s most talented comedy performers and improvisers, and a cast of puppet pals. Directed by: Dave Coffey & Kelly Shatter Cast: Luke Benson (Twitter/Instagram ) Tony Cantwell (Twitter/Instagram) Dave Coffey (Twitter/Instagram) Ali Fox (Twitter/Instagram) Peter McGann (Twitter/Instagram) Pearl O’Rourke (Instagram) Kelly Shatter (Twitter/Instagram) Age suitability 18+ When Kelly Shatter and Dave Coffey merge their comedy powers (like Captain Planet’s Planeteers) they form the hybrid super-creative known as ‘Shaffey’. After a year of sell-out shows with ‘Improv TV’, where they parodied reality shows like ‘First Dates’ and ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’, Shaffey are back to turn their particular brand of improv parody on the beloved soap opera – with a little help from some friends, both human and puppet.

People don’t always get what they deserve. Spotless is a darkly humorous and gripping suburban thriller from award-winning writer Gary Duggan. Forty-something Genevieve has downsized from an affluent suburb and struggles with life in her new home backing onto a grim block of flats. Jenny, a leaving cert student who lives in the flats, wants a way out. While Genevieve clings to her last chance of having children, Jenny avoids unwanted attention from the opposite sex. When these two very different women become entangled with a mysterious young man, neither woman’s life will ever be the same again. CAST : Ciara O’Callaghan and Emma Willis WRITTEN BY: Gary Duggan DIRECTED BY: Aoife Spillane-Hinks SOUND DESIGN BY: Denis Clohessy Age Suitability 15+ Running time : 90 mins Rise Productions is Company in Residence in Smock Alley’s Main Space. A multi-award winning company, Rise has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with shows such as Fight Night, The Games People Play, At The Ford, The Good Father, Celebrating Christie and Kicking All The Boxes. Visit the Rise Productions website. Follow Rise on Twitter. Like them on Facebook.

Currently lighting up the dance floor on Dancing with the Stars, Clelia Murphy will take on the role of the mother, Eileen. A familiar face from film and TV (including her role as Niamh in Fair City) Clelia has also performed in a number of theatre productions including Elvis is My Daddy and Boom. Taking on the roles of Aisling and Elizabeth will be Kate Gilmore and India Mullen. Kate’s recent theatre credits include The Great Gatsby and The Snapper (both at The Gate), as well as Town is Dead (Abbey Theatre) and Little Gem (Breda Cashe Productions). India can be most recently seen in the BBC production of Little Women, and Warner Brothers / DC production Krypton. Her theatre credits include The Critic (Rough Magic) The Wise Wound (Smock Alley) and The Eurydice Project (Lee Wilson) Maeve Binchy is one of those rare writers – like Dickens, Wilde, Shaw, Behan – whose work springs from their larger-than-life personalities. Their unique voices are captured in their work. This novel was ahead of its time. Maeve highlighted some of the major social issues we are still dealing with today, all through the prism of Maeve Binchy’s trademark wisdom, warmth, and humour.

A family struggles to survive. When do bonds bind too tight? And dreams become delusions? Previews: from Thurs 25th April 2019 Opening Night: Wed 1st May 2019 Matinees: Sat – 2.30pm Evenings: Tue to Sat – 7.30pm

We are haunted by the feeling that something is not right. This is the best time in the history of the world to be alive. A company of millennial artists has moved off the grid to live by a new philosophy. This explosive docudrama is their story. Žižek said, “It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” Their story will prove, it was actually quite easy in the end.

There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus. Tue 30 Apr 2019 18:45

We believe in the power of dance to move, connect and inspire change. With so much of Ireland’s culture tied up in the past, dance has a unique power to explore and express what it is to be human, right now. Each year in May, DDF presents the best Irish and international dance performances in venues throughout the city to a growing and evolving audience. DDF is a vital platform for artists and the creation of new work. We generate opportunities for artists, both nationally and internationally, through residencies, commissions and partnerships and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking and innovation in dance. DDF actively seeks-out, establishes and evolves collaborations with like-minded organisations, venues and strategic partners to create opportunities year-round for audiences and artists, exploring new models for producing and touring dance.

American College Dublin 2 – 4 May 2019 | 8pm | Main Space Ireland’s premiere musical theatre degree students present the quintessential backstage musical. Conceived by Michael Bennett Books by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante Music by Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics by Edward Kleban Licensed by Music Scope DIRECTED BY: Mary MacDonagh MUSICAL DIRECTION BY: David Wray CHOREOGRAPHED BY: Mary MacDonagh PRODUCED BY: Deirdre Masterson CAST: Students of American College Dublin LIGHTING DESIGN BY: Derek O’ Neill SET DESIGN BY: Marie Cusack SOUND DESIGN BY: Terry Heron

One’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom hails from the award-winning animation studio Astley Baker Davies, creators of the global pre-school phenomenon Peppa Pig. The multi award-winning series is broadcast in over 130 territories and top rated show for pre-schoolers on Nick Jr and on Channel 5’s Milkshake. Fiery Light brings all the magic of the television show to the stage in this exciting live musical adventure which returns to Ireland in 2019. The story follows Ben and Holly on their fun-filled journey to help Gaston the Ladybird clean up his messy cave, visit The Big World with Nanny Plum and even plan a surprise for King Elf’s birthday party, complete with an unplanned jelly flood! This charming, magical visit to the Little Kingdom is filled with fun, music, colour and songs that will delight young families. Saturday 4th May 2019  – doors 12:00pm / show 1:00pm Saturday 4th May 2019 – doors 3:00pm / show 4:00pm Sunday 5th May 2019 – doors 9:00am / show 10:00am Sunday 5th May 2019– doors 12:00pm / show 1:00pm

Drop dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby Wax brings her new one-woman show to the stage. Based on her number one best seller, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. She’s been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy, now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it. Wax, if you don’t know, is a much loved, US-born comedy-actor-writer of incredibly successful books and TV shows including script editor of Absolutely Fabulous and a mental health campaigner. She graduated from Oxford with a Masters in Mindfulness–based Cognitive Therapy (at a late stage) three years ago so she should know her stuff.

There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod’s opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle – the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera’s most recognizable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus. Sun 05 May 2019 14:00

Now booking into its third year at the Criterion Theatre in London, Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, is a fast and fabulous comedy caper hailed the funniest show in the West End. Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ will return for a UK and Ireland tour in 2019! This utterly enchanting and timeless production from London’s award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre captures the warmth, poignancy and magic of this best-loved classic. In the Deep South, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees racial injustice divide a small-town community. With integrity and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth. His courageous daughter, Scout, brings hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil. This production of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ opened Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2013 season and toured in 2015 to critical acclaim and sell-out performances, including a month-long residency at The Barbican. Proving its success across every art form, the 1960 novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, followed by the film adaptation in 1962 which won three Oscars out of the eight it was nominated for. The best-selling novel by Harper Lee has been adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and is directed by Timothy Sheader. The UK and Ireland tour of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is produced by Jonathan Church Productions, Curve and Regent’s Park Theatre.

It’s time for you to find out what all of the fuzz is about with the UK’s naughtiest puppets in comedy musical Avenue Q Following five years in the West End, sell-out runs worldwide and smash hit tours in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (packed with mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness!) the irresistibly Tony Award-winning Musical Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, Co-creator of Book of Mormon and writer of the songs for Disney’s Frozen, is an irresistibly charming tale of the lovable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues. So don’t let your life suck – book your tickets today! Please note this performance is only suitable for audiences 14+

The star of Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Crackerjack, Stewart Francis is embarking on a brand new show, in this, his last tour ever! See him in autumn 2018 before he heads off… Into the Punset. An internationally acclaimed stand-up comedian, accomplished actor and writer, Francis is one multi-talented performer. As a stand-up, he’s performed worldwide including North America, Great Britain, Europe, Asia, South Africa, and the Middle East. His comedy festivals include Montreal’s Just for Laughs, Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe and many more. Also an accomplished actor, Stewart starred in Canada’s Gemini Award-winning An American in Canada, UPN’S Kevin Hill in the US and BBC’s hit sitcom Not Going Out as well as The Omid Djalili Show. In addition to acting and stand-up, Stewart has also written for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats (UK).

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Irish National Opera with the Irish Chamber Orchestra under Peter Whelan Mozart’s enchanting final opera. His most popular stage work. A timeless moral tale in a world of clashing cultures. “In The Magic Flute he [Mozart] miraculously combines a new simplicity with great seriousness and comedy” — Viking Opera Guide

‘No Parlez’ was Paul’s debut album. It reached number 1 in the UK charts in 1983 for 5 weeks and fast became triple Platinum. The album produced Paul’s first UK number 1 single – The Marvin Gaye cover of ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ and hits ‘Come Back & Stay’ & ‘Love of The Common People’. The album also features a cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. Originally in early 80’s band Q-Tips, Paul Young went solo in the 80’s and his career took off with ‘No Parlez’ and further top 10 hits such as ‘Everytime You Go Away’ & ‘Everything Must Change’. He is also a Brit Award winner for Best Male vocalist, sings the opening lines on the original Band Aid Single ‘Feed The World’ and performed at Live Aid in 1984. Paul is a keen chef, biker and fan of all things Mexicana! A family man, always happy to be touring his classic hits as a solo artist or with

Citysong is a play. It’s a poem. It’s a chorus of voices showing us three generations of a Dublin family on one day, and it turns out one day holds the entire past. There are teen discos, late night taxis, home nurses, Jewish launderettes, vigilantes, babies, immigrants, seagulls. It’s intimate and sweeping, it’s cerebral and compassionate, it’s joyous and ridiculous. It’s modern day Dublin’s Under Milk Wood via Metamorphoses. (Not the book about the cockroach.) It’s different things at different times, which makes sense seeing as it’s about change.

Amelieis the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amelie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart.Amelie is a new musical based on the much loved five-time Oscar®-nominated film, and an ‘enchanting act of theatrical reinvention’ (The Los Angeles Times). Come and be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibilities around every corner. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amelieis someone to believe in.

Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated. Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment. Samantha Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1’s EastEnders. Other television credits include leading roles in Mount Pleasant and the hugely popular Game On, and recent film credits include the box office hits Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Kingsman: The Secret Service alongside Colin Firth.

The second season explores the aftermath of both Avery’s and Dassey’s convictions, focusing on Avery’s and Dassey’s families, the investigation and findings of Avery’s new attorney Kathleen Zellner, which corroborates the thesis of Avery’s innocence and him being framed for the murder of Halbach, and Dassey’s legal team’s efforts in arguing in court that his confession was coerced by prosecutors and his constitutional rights were violated.

1840. A young governess agrees to look after two orphaned children in Bly, a seemingly idyllic country house. But shortly after her arrival, she realises that they are not alone. There are others – the ghosts of Bly’s troubled past. The Governess will risk everything to keep the children safe, even if it means giving herself up to The Others. Years later, confronted by the past she is compelled to account for what actually happened to her and the innocents under her protection. This new adaptation of Henry James’ iconic tale, which was the original inspiration for Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black, is a masterclass in stage-craft, with captivating performances, deliciously atmospheric set and lighting design and an evocative soundtrack, starring Janet Dibley (Doctors, EastEnders, The Two of Us) and Maggie McCarthy (Dancing on the Edge, Call the Midwife). Produced by Dermot McLaughlin Productions in association with The Mercury Theatre Colchester, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre.

The second season explores the aftermath of both Avery’s and Dassey’s convictions, focusing on Avery’s and Dassey’s families, the investigation and findings of Avery’s new attorney Kathleen Zellner, which corroborates the thesis of Avery’s innocence and him being framed for the murder of Halbach, and Dassey’s legal team’s efforts in arguing in court that his confession was coerced by prosecutors and his constitutional rights were violated.

An unexpected pregnancy. An unknown father. The relationships that matter, and the secrets that don’t. Previews: From Thurs 6th June Opening Night: Wed 12th June Matinees: Selected Wed & Sat – 2.30pm Evenings: Mon to Sat – 7.30pm

Having revolutionised modern magic and mesmerized audiences across the world – magician, illusionist, and stunt artist,David Blaine comes to 3Arena Dublin

Bob Woodward’s Fear: Trump in the White House, debuted as a #1 international bestseller in September 2018. It is the most detailed and penetrating portrait of a sitting United States president in the first year of an administration. Fear: Trump in the White House sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week – breaking the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster – and over 2 million copies in hardback, ebook and audio to date. On 10th June 2019, Bob Woodward will provide an inside look into the Trump presidency at the The Olympia Theatre. His appearance is not to be missed. Bob Woodward is a legend in journalism. Nick Bryant of the BBC said, “I wonder how many journalists have arrived in Washington over the years dreaming of becoming the next Bob Woodward…Though his books are often sensational, he is the opposite of sensationalist. He’s diligent, rigorous, fastidious about the facts, and studiously ethical. There’s something almost monastic about his method…He’s Washington’s chronicler-in-chief.” Jill Abramson, the former editor of The New York Times, said in her review of Fear written for The Washington Post, “In an age of ‘alternative facts’ and corrosive tweets about […]

This new production of Doctor Dolittle, with book, music and lyrics by double Academy Award-winner Leslie Bricusse, will be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison and will feature the same songs, including the Academy Award-winning Talk To The Animals. Featuring stunning visual puppetry, this new production, with the book reworked by Leslie Bricusse, will be directed by Christopher Renshaw. Eccentric Doctor Dolittle embarks on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail that holds the secret of life and makes the world a happier place. Helped by his human companions and an exotic menagerie of animal friends, including the Pushmi-Pullyu and trusty sidekick Polynesia the parrot, the larger-than-life Doctor Dolittle teaches us not only to talk to the animals but to listen to them as well! Leslie Bricusse has written the book, music and/or lyrics for more than 40 musical films and plays. Stage musicals include Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, Pickwick, Harvey, Goodbye, Mr Chips, Scrooge and Victor/Victoria, while films (songs and/or screenplays) include Scrooge, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Goodbye, Mr Chips, Superman, Victor/Victoria, Home Alone 1 & 2, Hook, Goldfinger, You Only Live […]

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.

Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of 20 years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as “the brainiest comic of his generation”.

Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of 20 years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as “the brainiest comic of his generation”.

Green Shield stamps, a million of them, and Ger Lawless has won them all. It’s Ballymun in 1974 and happiness is at her fingertips. But when 15 friends and family gather to help her claim her winnings, all bets are off! During one fateful night, these determined women bring you into their lives in the ferociously funny The Unmanageable Sisters – Deirdre Kinahan’s new version of Michel Tremblay’s fêted Quebecois comedy, Les Belles-Soeurs.

After two sold-out tours of pubs across Ireland and the UK, Roddy Doyle’s ‘achingly, breathtakingly funny’ Two Pints takes to the stage this summer. The hilarious and provocative Two Pints started as a conversation on Facebook. Now it’s a play. Two men meet for a pint. They talk about their Da’s, death, Nigella, North Korea, the afterlife… Settle down and listen in as they chew the fat and set the world to rights.

The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Richard O’Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, a sort of Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror, complete “with blond hair and a tan”.

The award-winning Tom Gates series of books are coming to the stage of The Olympia Theatre in Dublin for the very first time as part of a year-long UK tour. The producers behind the Olivier award nominated Gangsta Granny and the celebrated Horrible Histories stage shows have teamed up with acclaimed author and illustrator Liz Pichon to create a brand-new story exclusively for the stage. Tom’s Dublin fans can catch up with him from Wednesday 3rd July to Saturday 6th July 2019!