Artistic Director Willie White announced details of the programme for Dublin Theatre Festival 2019. Three weeks of performances, with world premieres of new work and reimagined classic texts, inspiring international projects and an expanded season of Theatre for Children. Performances will take place all over the city from 26 September - 13 October.
The works in this year’s programme deal with many contemporary topics but they also reach beyond those, to a poetic enquiry about the times we live in. The Festival is delighted that 10 world premieres are included in this year’s programme.
Priority booking for friends of the Festival is open now HERE
General booking opens 14 August.
The programme includes:
“Our festival celebrates the collective experience of live performance and contributes to the social and cultural life of Dublin. However, it is getting more and more difficult to make art in the city. The landscape is changing all around us. There are fewer theatres in Dublin now than there were twenty years ago, studio spaces are closing and club nights are disappearing. It’s time to speak up for Dublin to ensure that it can continue to be a place that is diverse, creative and inspiring. We will get the city we ask for and I would like one that is made for people and for the future.” Artistic Director, Willie White.
The programme in detail:
J.M. Synge’s is one of Ireland’s greatest writers. His The Playboy of the Western World was met with controversy when first staged at the Abbey in 1907. DTF and the Lyric Theatre are proud to present a new production of this brutally hilarious masterpiece, directed by exciting young director Oonagh Murphy on the Gaiety stage (from 24 Sept- 5 Oct). Cast includes Eloïse Stevenson as Pegeen Mike and Michael Shea as Christy Mahon.
Following on the success of his acclaimed re-imagining of the famous ballet, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, DTF are delighted to welcome back, and partner Michael Keegan Dolan and Teaċ Daṁsa in a world premiere co-production of a new mythic yet timely production - Mám a meeting place between soloist and ensemble, classical and traditional, the local and universal. Bringing together concertina player Cormac Begley, the European Classical contemporary collective stargaze and 12 international dancers at O’Reilly Theatre (from 25 Sept).
Directed by Graham McLaren, the Abbey Theatre presents a new work by Dermot Bolger Last Orders At the Dockside, in which over the course of an evening hidden tensions expose fault lines in their complex relationships (from 26 Sept).
Hecuba, by Marina Carr is a passionate re-imaging of the aftermath of the Trojan War and the events surrounding its ionic characters. A drama of a complex and powerful woman from Rough Magic (from 25 Sept).
The Alternative by Michael Patrick and Oisín Kearney was chosen as A Play for Ireland by Fishamble: The New Play Company, following an extensive 2 year process. Asking questions such as, What if Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom? Based in 2019, it is the eve of the Referendum and British Prime Minister Ursula Lysaght is returning to her hometown of Dublin to convince voters to remain (from 24 Sept).
The Beacon, a new play commissioned by Druid marks Nancy Harris’ Druid debut and her return to the Gate after her adaptation of The Red Shoes. Directed by Garry Hynes, cast includes Jane Brennan, Rae Gray, Cillian Ó’Gairbhí and Marty Rea (from 2 Oct).
From Belgium, Your Words in my Mouth, a conversation about love reconstructed in a series of venues usually reserved for insiders : a football stadium, a hairdresser’s, a council chamber and a Freemason’s Hall. Members of the audiences are invited to lend their voices to other people’s words in this very unique experience from Anna Rispoli, Lotte Lindner and Till Steinbrenner (from 1 Oct).
Described as a love story, an investigation, an exodus, Faultline from ANU Productions and Gate Theatre propels audiences through a living history based on source materials from the Irish Queer archive (from 26 Sept).
After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers. Carving out a place for themselves as one of the UK’s most prominent trans voices, Alabanza presents a performance in Burgerz, that is timely, unsettling and powerful. From 9 Oct.
From Aine Flanagan productions & Seiriol Davies (UK), the multi-award-winning How to Win Against History at the Civic, is a frothy glossy costume drama about the 5thMarquis of Anglesey who burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely at the end of the 19th Century before he died at 29 and his family burned every record of him (from 25 Sept).
At the Gate, a production of Beckett’s Room by Dead Centre with Mark Halloran. This is the biography of a room. A play without performers, it tells the story of the apartment in Paris where Samuel Beckett live with his partner Suzanne during the Second World War (from 24 Sept).
Nicola Gunn (Australia) returns to Dublin Theatre Festival, with a simple premise - exploring in depth the moral dilemma of what to do if you see a man throwing stones at a duck. Shifting from anecdotes to comedy to the unexpectedly profound she dissects the excruciating realms of human behaviour and navigates the moral and ethical complexities of intervention in Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster (from 26 Sept).
A live redubbing of the Pier Paolo Pasolini’s controversial 1975 film Saló or the 120 days of Sodom. Dylan Tighe and the Abbey Theatre’s production Pasolini’s Saló Redubbed, daringly transposes Pasolini’s notorious final film to Ireland (from 26 Sept).
Ray Scannell makes his festival writing debut with a new apocalyptic black comedy with live music and original songs The Bluffer’s Guide to Suburbia, which lovingly exposes a generation of adult children living back in the home. Directed by Tom Creed at Project (from 26 Sept).
Forced Entertainment (UK) return to Dublin with Real Magic which takes the audience on a hallucinatory journey, creating a compelling virtuoso performance about big systems, small traps and yearning for change (from 8 Oct).
Following sell out runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London’s National Theatre, Us/Them is a thrilling piece of theatre which retells, from the perspective of a child, three days when 1,200 people were held hostage by terrorists in Beslan. BRONKS & Richard Jordan Productions with Theatre Royal Plymouth in assoc with Big in Belgium & Summerhall (from 8 Oct).
A bittersweet new play by Billy Roche, from Decadent Theatre, A Love Like That, is set in a provincial library on the cusp of its transfer to new premises. Senior librarian Ellen faces betrayal on all sides but her warrior self finds hope and light in the process of change. Directed by Andrew Flynn (from 1 Oct).
An amalgam of interviews gathered by Fionnuala Kennedy, Removed is a funny and affecting story told by ‘Adam’ that offers insight into the NI care system. From Prime Cut Productions NI (from 9 Oct).
From Moonfish, the Abbey and Galway International Arts Festival in assoc with Town Hall Theatre, comes Redemption Falls freely adapted from the novel by Joseph O’Connor. A bleak and beautiful story, told through the folk music of Ireland and America (from 9 Oct).
From Portugal, Raquel André has collected more than 200 ‘lovers’ to date - people of all nationalities, ages and genders who have agreed to meet her and to build a fictional intimacy within the span of an hour. The encounter is real, the flirtation is fiction in Collection of Lovers (from 10 Oct).
From Sweden/Estonia, Physics and Phantasma is a study of the artist’s relationship with an audience, and the space in between. Iggy Lond Malmborg fills the theatre space with fantastical theatre magic (from 11 Oct).
Tiago Rodrigues AD of Teatro Nacional Portugal, tells the story of a prompter at the theatre who after 40 years reluctantly steps out of the shadows and shares stories from her decades of working in the theatre - Sopro from 11 Oct.
In 2017, 100 people set out to walk from London to Jerusalem calling for equal rights for all in the Holy Land - 9 walked the whole way. Walking to Jerusalem is a feat in virtuoso storytelling accompanied by video montage and live footage along the route. From Passion Pit Theatre, in association with Amos Trust, Hodder & Stoughton & The New Theatre (from 1 Oct).
Dublin City Arts Office brings OBIE award-winning Nilaja Sun back to Dublin following the success of No Child … (DTF 2010). The critically acclaimed Pike St casts new light on the phrase ‘it takes a village’, as a community comes together to help a desperate mother (from 2 Oct).
The Sleepwalkers, a new work from Pan Theatre and Dublin Youth Theatre collaboratively created from ideas generated by DYT members and found texts, asked the question: What does it mean to be awake? (from 2 Oct)
A new play by Tim Crouch, renowned for his profoundly moving plays that strip the theatrical event down to its purest form. Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation, is presented through combined stage action and illustrated text (from 2 Oct).
This year’s programme sees an expanded Theatre for Children presented by DTF in partnership with The Ark. It includes a new work commissioned by The Ark - The Haircut.
Festival+, continues the drama off stage with a series of talks, critical events, exhibitions, tours and work-in-progress showcases. This programme of events includes networking opportunities for theatre practitioners, young critics panel, a theatrical walking tour and an audio journey through 14 Henrietta Street. Work-in-progress showcases this year features:
Priority booking for Friends of the Festival is now open. To become a friend contact +353 1677 8439.
Public Booking opens 14 August at 10am.
Phone: +353 1 677 8899
In person: DTF box office, Festival House, 12 East Essex Street East, Temple Bar, D.2.
Making theatre accessible to ever more audiences:
The Festival continues to try to reach as wide an audience as possible with a range of discounts including ‘Final Call’, where a limited number of €10 tickets for selected shows are available on the day of the performance and ‘Open House’ where you can register your community organisation (e.g. welfare groups, special needs groups and registered charities) to avail of €10 tickets to selected performances.
Support Irish Theatre Artists:
DTF Futures is a new fundraising initiative created to support the next generation of Irish theatre artists through commissioning, developing and co-producing new work, creating a more sustainable infrastructure for the practitioners of today and future generations. To support contact email@example.com
Principle funder The Arts Council
Grant aided by Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Fundraising Fellowship, Tourism Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Proudly supported by sponsors including The Irish Times, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, Blackwater Distillery and Olytico.
In September 2019, the Abbey Theatre will premiere This Beautiful Village by Abbey Theatre Associate Playwright Lisa Tierney-Keogh on the Abbey Stage. After 10 years writing in New York and heading up the American wing of Waking the Feminists, this marks the critically-acclaimed Irish playwright’s debut at Ireland’s National Theatre.
This Beautiful Village is a razor-sharp new play that exposes every side of what it means to co-exist in Ireland today.
‘Paul, darlin’, this isn’t a democracy. It’s a residents association.’
On a quiet street in leafy, suburban Dublin, local residents meet about a piece of graffiti. Who did it? What does it mean? And what’s to be done about it? They have wine and a quorum. Nothing can go wrong. Set over one night, six people will confront their pride, prejudice and privilege.
Lisa Tierney-Keogh remarked: ‘It's been a dream of mine to have my work staged at my National Theatre so I'm thrilled to be making my Abbey Theatre debut. From the moment I first spoke to Graham McLaren and Neil Murray about writing a play for the Abbey, I knew I needed to respond to the moment we are in. I wanted to reflect the shifting power structures that are happening in the world, and in Ireland. I wrote this play to build a connection for anyone who feels lost right now. I want audiences to feel seen, to feel a little less alone. Power alienates people and I want to tear that power down.’
Graham McLaren and Neil Murray, Directors of the Abbey Theatre: ‘Lisa Tierney-Keogh is a fearless playwright. She calls injustice out and stands up for a new Ireland. As Directors of Ireland’s National Theatre, we have a responsibility to reflect Ireland as it is now. We want the Abbey Stage to emulate the experiences and conversations that happen in diverse neighbourhoods across the country. This Beautiful Village wittily asks some of the hard questions our communities interrogate together.’
Fresh from a London run of Edinburgh Fringe First Award-winning play CLASS in the Bush Theatre, David Horan directs on the Abbey Stage for the first time. The cast includes Pom Boyd (Shame, Rosie), Ruth Bradley (The Fall, Rebellion), Michael Ford-FitzGerald (Resistance, Rebellion), Damian Kearney (Love/Hate, The Wind that Shakes the Barley), Bethan Mary-James (Belle) and Aidan McArdle (The Fall).
This Beautiful Village will be the 30th show in the Abbey’s Free First Preview series, where members of the public are invited to queue for a free ticket to the first preview on 2 September. This Beautiful Village will premiere on 4 September.
Dates: 2 – 14 September
On the Abbey Stage
Free First Preview: 2 September
Opening Night: 4 September
Times: Mon – Sat 7.30pm, Sat Matinees 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €30
Group booking: To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 212
Touch Tour of Stage and Set: Saturday 7 September, 12:45pm
Audio-described performance: Saturday 7 September, 2:00pm
Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 12 September, 7:30pm
Captioned performance: Saturday 14 September, 2:00pm
Tickets are available HERE.
Are you ready to revisit Ireland in the 1960’s in the company of the legendary Miami Showband and all their fantastic hits? Who remembers Simple Simon Says, From The Candy Store or Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet?
Even if you’re too young to remember the 60’s and 70’s, this is still the show for you. Told through the eyes of two best friends and Miami songwriters, Fran O‘Toole and Des Lee, The Miami weaves us through the amazing roller coaster story of the iconic showband. The Miami will take you through the joyous dancehall days of the 1960’s and “Spit On Me Dickie” to the tragedy in 1975.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to dance but above all, you’ll have an amazing night out!
The Miami Showband Story runs at Gaiety Theatre from 17-21 September with tickets from €20.
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The road to happiness is a bumpy ride.
Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy from Tony Award-winners James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
This EUROPEAN PREMIERE stars Mark Moraghan (Coronation Street, Holby City, 9 to 5), Lucy O’Byrne (Evita, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music), two-time Olivier-award nominee Paul Keating(Little Shop of Horrors, The Full Monty), Gabriel Vick (Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Eastenders), and Ian Carlyle (The Lion King, We Will Rock You).
The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile in to their rickety yellow camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they?
This uplifting, modern classic celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.
Lapine and Finn’s inventive musical version, a brand-new production directed by Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen comes to Dublin's Olympia Theatre from Tuesday 13-Saturday 17 August.
Tickets from €25 with the fees for this event including a €1.00 restoration levy.
The restoration levy will allow The Olympia Theatre to invest in maintaining and enhancing the theatre to ensure that it continues to consistently deliver the highest quality experience for theatre goers, actors, performers & producers.
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Amélie is 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, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Amélie 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, Amélie is someone to believe in.
On at Gaiety Theatre from 28 May-1 June
Approx Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (including interval)
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Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit 'The Comedy About A Bank Robbery' is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and 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?
Book now for this dynamite comedy. It would be criminal to miss it!
On now at Gaiety Theatre from 7-11 May.
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Gaiety Theatre Box Office South King Street, Dublin 2.
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'The Girl On The Train' comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in June.
Rachel Watson longs for a different life.
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 Girl On The Train" runs from 3-8 June at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
Tickets From €18.50
Group offers €5 off Groups 10+, Access bookings & general concession (Children, Students & Seniors) Mon - Thurs
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Fishamble’s Haughey|Gregory by Colin Murphy, directed by Conall Morrison, follows the deal made between Tony Gregory and Charles Haughey in 1982, when Gregory took a surprise Dáil seat - and suddenly found himself holding the balance of power.
Can Gregory use his vote to achieve something for his constituents? To do so, he will have to face off against the dominant personality of Irish politics - Charles J Haughey.
Cast: Ruairí Heading, Morgan C Jones, Janet Moran, Michael Glenn Murphy & Jonathan White.
All playing multiple roles, some historical, some fictional, including Ruairi Heading as Gregory and Morgan C Jones as Haughey.
Following a short, sold-out tour of Haughey|Gregory in 2018 to the Abbey Theatre, Mountjoy Prison, Dáil Éireann and Croke Park, Fishamble tours the production nationally in 2019.
Fishamble is an Olivier Award-winning internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work.
Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 Apr, 8pm
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Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats bring their hit show "The Story of Swing" back to The Olympia Theatre on Sat April 20th, 2019.
The Story of Swing... Performed by Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats!!
A musical timeline of swing classics from the 1920's to the modern day. Featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Bobby Darrin, Andy Williams, Luis Prima, Michael Buble, Paolo Nutini and more... Also including original hit songs from their No.1 Album "Dance With Me".
Never before has a show captured the full evolution of swing music like this. From its birth in the 1920's to the big band era of the 30's and 40's. From the golden age of the 50's and 60's with household name's like Sinatra, Bobby Darrin, Andy Williams to the +modern era of Buble and Nutini. Hear such classics as "King of the Swingers" "Puttin on the Ritz" "When The Saints Go Marching In" "Mack the Knife" "I Can't Take My Eyes Off You" "Mr Bojangles" "New York, New York" and many more along with original hit songs from their No.1 selling Irish Album "Dance With Me" performed live by Luke Thomas & The Swing Cats! Do not miss one of the most exciting and in demand acts in the country right now!
The Swing Cats lead by award winning vocalist Luke Thomas have amassed a huge following throughout Ireland and Europe thanks to their distinctive sound and style which is steeped in the golden age of swing music. They have sold out almost every major venue in the country including The Olympia Theatre, Vicar Street and National Concert Hall. They can count Irish President, Michael D. Higgins as one of their biggest fans and have been requested to perform at his residence 4 times...
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Tennessee Williams' 'The Glass Menagerie' is on stage at Gate Theatre from 25 April to 1 June 2019.
A tragic semi-autobiographical tale of family, love, truth, and illusion retold through the haze of memory and the distortion of emotional recollection. 'The Glass Menagerie' by Tennessee Williams catapulted its playwright to stardom and became the basis for numerous stage revivals, radio, television, and film productions since it was first performed in Chicago in 1944.
Set during the Great Depression of 1930s America, Williams’ “memory play” tells the story of Tom, a young man longing to escape the gloomy St. Louis apartment he shares with his overbearing and histrionic mother Amanda and shy sister Laura. The story of this fractured American family is told through Tom’s narrative voice and skewed memories.
Cast includes -
Frank Blake, Samantha Bond, Zara Devlin, and Marty Rea.
Lorna Marie Mugan
Assistant Set Designer