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)
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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
Following 8 record- breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play WAR HORSE will return to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 10 - 27 April 2019 as part of its 10th Anniversary Tour.
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.
Michael Morpurgo said: ‘After a few months rest, out at pasture, Joey, the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre, are touring the UK & Ireland again, taking their show all over the country, to towns and cities, many of them places War Horse has not been seen before. I am so pleased this is happening; that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event. Steady boy, steady Joey. Trot on!'
War Horse received its world premiere on 9 October 2007 at the National Theatre, where it played for two seasons before opening at the New London Theatre in March 2009. Since then, War Horse has been seen in 97 cities in 10 countries, including productions on Broadway, in Toronto and Berlin, with touring productions in the UK and Ireland, North America, the Netherlands, Belgium and China.
War Horse is directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, designed by Rae Smith, with puppet direction, design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer for 59 Productions, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.
Katie Henry is the revival director and Craig Leo is the associate puppetry director. They are joined by resident puppetry director, Matthew Forbes and resident director, Charlotte Peters.
The tour of War Horse coincides with the Centenary commemorations of the end of the First World War and follows the production’s sold-out tour of the UK and Ireland in 2013-2014 which included the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
War Horse runs from 10 APR 2019 - 17 APR 2019, tickets from €21.
Group offers Monday- Thursday only - €5 off.
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