Events - TheatreBreaking Dad O’Carroll-Kelly, the southside’s favourite son, is back with more of the hilarious sell–out hit of the year, Breaking Dad. After standing ovations and rave reviews on its first outing, the show makes a highly anticipated return to The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for two weeks only from Monday 16th until Saturday 28th February 2015. The year is 2022. Ireland is in the midst of an unexpected economic boom. The country’s debts have been repaid in full, people are once again selling houses for five times what they’re worth and Bertie Ahern is set to become Taoiseach again at the age of 71. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is entering his middle years without a care in the world. He’s got a son who’s a professional footballer, a career-minded wife who’s about to land the job of her dreams – and, like good Cognac, his looks just keep improving with age. For Ireland’s most eligible married man, life is good. Until his teenage daughter arrives home from Wesley one night with the captain of the Blackrock College rugby team – and Ross is forced to face up to the lesson that you must reap what you have sown. Paul Howard’s one-of-a-kind character Ross has become the star of a critically acclaimed series of books that satirized Ireland during the years of the boom and have sold close to one million copies in Ireland alone. Starring Rory Nolan as the inimitable Ross and directed by Irish Times Theatre Award winner Jimmy Fay (The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger, Between Foxrock and a Hard Place), Breaking Dad, the third Ross O’Carroll-Kelly stage play, is an absolute must-see. The Christmas Concert Special Guest Meav and live shadow puppet animation by Matthew Robbins. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall. For 2014, alongside the Walking in the Air and the festive classics, we are pleased to add magical live puppet animation by Matthew Robins and traditional Christmas songs with special guest, the beautiful singer, Meav for a magical and musical Christmas Celebration. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share in the music and the magic of Christmas. Experience the magic of the remarkable friendship between James and his snowman and delight in this holiday tradition. A special guest narrator will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on a big screen. A phenomenally popular festive concert, early booking is recommended. Click here for bookings   Elf the Musical months Irish theatre enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating what big show will be unveiled as this year’s Christmas show, at the theatre. We have been tight lipped until now as we have been working on something really special! We are so excited and delighted to reveal that The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre will host ‘ELF THE MUSICAL’ this December. The show will open on December 16th 2014 for a strictly limited season. Join the festive fun as this magical Christmas extravagance comes to Dublin – but don't be on the naughty list by missing out, make sure you book your tickets! Little Gem Murphy’s Little Gem swept the boards during its sell-out run as part of the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival. It was also the surprise hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that year and the first ever Irish production to receive the prestigious Carol Tambor Award. Now this heart-warming tale of courage, comedy and romance is back and ready to woo audiences once again. Starring the exceptional Anita Reeves and Hilda Fay, with Kate Gilmore, three generations of Irish women recount the happenings of one extraordinary year. The play unfolds in alternating monologues, as each woman greets life’s travails with strength, humour and the occasional vodka and Diet Coke or night of abandon on the salsa dance floor. Party girl Amber has brutal indigestion that the sambucas won’t shift. Lorraine loses it at work and is shipped off to see the “head doctor”. While grandmother Kay “toys with the idea of Kermit” scratching an itch that her ill husband Gem no longer can. Elaine Murphy has said that much of the inspiration for Little Gem came from her own personal experiences and from the women she encountered when she worked in a woman’s health organisation. This enthralling play is a tribute to the unbreakable spirit of all women from the marginalised, less privileged parts of our society. Audiences won’t fail to be entertained by this revealing, poignant and hilarious production. "Gurgles and giggles with life….Elaine Murphy’s delightful first play more than lives up to the title" The Guardian. Early bird tickets for Wednesday 3rd December are available, €18. This play is suitable for persons ages 16+. Singlehood the fine art of being single at the hilarious and uplifting comedy Singlehood. The fantastic ensemble cast bring real life singleton stories to the stage to funny and devastating effect at the Pavilion Theatre. Boasting seven incredible performers, including comedian Eric Lalor, Singlehood is an exclusive look at the personal triumphs and losses we all experience but seldom articulate. Framed by a stomping single’s soundtrack and original songs by Aidan Strangeman, Singlehood is a celebration of what it means to be single today. Renowned for her documentary theatre practice, writer Una McKevitt in collaboration with writer David Coffey (Dan & Becs, Fade St) interviewed real life singletons to bring their raw and revealing stories as well as those of the cast, uproariously to the stage. "Singlehood really shines in it’s sheer honesty...ridiculous, heartbreaking, hilarious..." The Irish Times. Early bird tickets are available for Wednesday 26th November, €17. The show is suitable for persons aged 15+. Kill the Monster your funny on at the Centre for Creative Practices, 15b Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 with Kill The Monster. This dynamic longform improvisation group emerged from Dublin-based amateur theatre group No Drama Theatre. But just what is “improv” all about? Improv allows for the bizarre, ridiculous, sublime and hilarious as it’s completely unscripted and involves the creation of a scene on the spot from nothing more than the audience’s suggestions. In longform improv, Kill The Monster create not just scene after scene but also seamlessly weave, braid and reveal an unscripted theatrical play from a mere word or anecdote offered by the audience. These theatrical plays unravel before the audience's very eyes over a 30-minute or longer period of time and intertwine plots of romance, revenge, joy, deviousness, excitement, tragedy, comedy and comic tragedy in an incredibly entertaining and spontaneous dramatic spectacle. An innovative experience and one not to be missed. 15b Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 One Man Two Guvnors Bean’s award-winning play is a glorious celebration of British comedy – a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother – who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a job with one Stanley Stubbers – but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple. The acclaimed production is based on Richard Bean’s version of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters and has songs by Grant Olding, performed by The Craze.  The physical comedy director is Cal McCrystal, with designs by Mark Thompson, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound design by Paul Arditti, fight direction by Kate Waters and choreography and associate direction by Adam Penford.   ‘Comic perfection. What are you waiting for? Book Now!’  Price: €18.00 - €48.00 Booking:   National Theatre Live: Of Mice and Men incredible opportunity to see James Franco and Chris O’Dowd’s critically-acclaimed turns in the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men, The Lighthouse Cinema is screening the National Theatre Live recording of the play on 6th November. In a lauded revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's depression-era play, witness this powerful portrait of the American spirit and its heart-breaking testament to the unbreakable bonds of friendship, directed by the award-winning Anna D. Shapiro. Nominated for two Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd, this excellent production also features Leighton Meester (Country Strong, Gossip Girl) and Tony Award-winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer). Heralded as a “moving masterpiece” by Time Magazine, audiences won’t fail to be compelled by this enduring tale. Tickets Full price €12 Concession €9 The Gruffalo the book a longstanding favourite of kids and parents alike, Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of The Gruffalo comes to The Pavilion this November, much to the delight of just about everyone. Meet a wheeler-dealer fox, an eccentric old owl and a maraca-shaking, party-mad snake - all of whom a little mouse scares away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo... But what happens when that mouse meets the very creature he imagined? Voted the UK’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, The Gruffalo stage show comes direct from the West End and is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and suspense for children aged 3+, and their fun-loving grown-ups too. “A fine piece of children’s theatre” - Sunday Times. Tickets Adults €13 Children €11 Family (4 people) €40   National Theatre Live: Frankenstein live in London’s National Theatre, audiences will be thrilled by Academy-Award-winner Danny Boyle’s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, screened at The Lighthouse Cinema this autumn. With two screenings, cinema-goers have their pick of who they see perform the main roles, with the renowned Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch alternating the parts of Victor Frankenstein and his gruesome creation. Having enjoyed a sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas worldwide. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horrified maker. Encountering cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. With captivating themes of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale is not to be missed. Screenings 30th October: Benedict Cumberbatch plays the Creature, Jonny Lee Miller plays Frankenstein. 6th November: Jonny Lee Miller plays the Creature, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Frankenstein. Tickets Full price €9 Concession €7.50 Shrek the Musical on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family.  Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!  Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: After Sarah Miles compelling one-man play starring Don Wycherley, After Sarah Miles follows fisherman Bobeen’s journey from 1969 to the present day; from his time on the set of the multi-million dollar epic Ryan’s Daughter, and his blossoming crush on actress Sarah Miles. Following a sell-out run at Viking Theatre, this exquisite show comes to the Pavilion Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. "..a lilting wonder of exquisite exploration, draws the listener into a world where language itself is redemption. It is pure art, perfection in itself." - Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent. After a life spent on the waves fisherman Bobeen finds it hard to face the sea now, but what he discovered in the mouth of the harbour almost 30 years ago keeps calling him back. This time it will connect him to what he thought was lost and gone forever. A story that transports the audience into the world of this epic yet ordinary tale, experience the character’s raw telling as he stands at the centre and reveals truth, beauty and heartache. ".. a subtle and poignant piece of storytelling bolstered by a towering performance from Don Wycherley ... who holds his listeners spellbound .." - Andrew Lynch, Sunday Business Post. Tickets Full price €18 Concession €14 The Matchmaker Scott’s iconic production of John B. Keane’s hit comedy play The Matchmaker returns starring one of Ireland’s greatest comedic talents, Jon Kenny, alongside legendary Irish actor Mary McEvoy. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy. Follow the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor who makes matches for the lonely and lovelorn from all over the country in this rural spectacle. Revel in Keane’s mischievous trademark wit and his unique way with words in this celebrated production. Keane takes us back to a simpler time, when even phones were few and far between and the only web anyone knew of was the type left behind by spiders. Don't be fooled by its traditional setting, the wisdom and charm of Keane’s work will still leave quite the impression on a modern audience.   Blood Brothers legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the Standing Ovation Musical, as inevitably it; “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” Jack Tinker, Daily Mail. Price: €18.00 - €60.00 Booking: Dublin Theatre Festival Family Season a season of specially curated family-friendly productions as The Ark and Dublin Theatre Festival join forces once again. With acclaimed Irish and international productions ideal for a family day out, audiences will revel in the festival programme curated by The Ark’s Maria Fleming. Performances 27th - 28th September: A Mano An inventive Spanish story about a little character who longs to escape life in the shop window, immerse yourself in this moving performance told with clay. 30th September - 4th October: The Way Back Home A delightful theatre production of Oliver Jeffers’ acclaimed book, it combines puppetry and music to tell the tale of a boy who flies to space in a single-propeller airplane he finds in his wardrobe. 5th - 7th October: The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy Inside a captivating theatre tent learn all about Cheeseboy. His home planet has been reduced to a bubbling fondue. Where are his parents? How did he become marooned on earth? 9th - 12th October: The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean Page by page, a scrapbook becomes the window into a secret world and a curious life unfolds before us. But just who was Josephine Bean?   Panel Discussions: Dublin Theatre Festival by broadcaster Sean Rocks and presented in association with RTÉ Radio One, enjoy three panel discussions addressing and examining some of the themes at play in the Dublin Theatre Festival’s 2014 programme. Whose Hamlet is it anyway? Bewley’s Café Theatre, 27th September, 4pm He may be one of the most famous characters in world literature, but he has also proved to be one of the most malleable. What is it that allows him to be our eternal contemporary? Imagining Australia Bewley’s Café Theatre, 2nd October, 4pm The showcase of Australian productions at this year’s festival reveals a theatre culture that remains largely unknown to Irish audiences. Does Australian theatre have lessons for Ireland in how it deals with cultural diversity and a colonial past? Playwriting – Making it Work, Getting it On Irish Writers’ Centre, 8th October, 4pm How do we identify talented writers with something to say and ensure that their work is staged? How can we ensure that playwrights have sustainable careers in theatre? This panel focuses on the role and opportunities for playwrights in Ireland today, with contributions from playwrights, dramaturgs and Irish theatre companies who develop and present new writing for the stage. These panels are open to the public and will be recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s Arena. Admission is free but ticketed, early booking is advised as seats are limited.   Our Few and Evil Days and her parents have always been close. But recently, that closeness has been tainted by an increasing sense of mistrust. Tonight, a visit from a stranger will force them to confront the terrifying reality of their relationship. A stark and chilling play written by one of the country’s foremost contemporary playwrights, Our Few and Evil Days comes to The Abbey Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. “If I tell you, then everything’s going to change” Written and directed by the acclaimed Mark O’Rowe (Howie the Rookie, Boy A, Intermission, Terminus), this affecting yet deeply human story demonstrates the extremes and limits of devotion. Boasting an incredible cast, don’t miss the chance to see Ian Lloyd Anderson, Sinéad Cusack, Ciarán Hinds, Charlie Murphy and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor perform in the first piece penned by O’Rowe since 2007. Tickets €13 - €45 Hamlet world’s favourite playwright combined with one of the world’s greatest theatre houses, Berlin's Schaubühne bring a highly-anticipated Hamlet to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this September. Hamlet stands on the brink of emotional decay. The last person with scruples in a system with none, he struggles to maintain his grip on the paranoia and indecision that threatens to tip him over the edge. Mud-soaked and dangerous, spurred on by night-time visions and desperate for revenge, he forces the world to its knees. Performed on and around a spectacular stage covered in earth, blood and water, Thomas Ostermeier’s thrilling production practically boils over with energy, immediacy and raw physicality. Six remarkable actors play 20 characters in Denmark’s corrupt court, breathing new life and incredible dynamism into Shakespeare’s classic story of politics, passion, murder and betrayal. The play is performed in German with English subtitles. Tickets €15 - €40 The Mariner world premiere of Hugo Hamilton’s The Mariner comes to the Gate Theatre for a limited run as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival this September. Following on from Hamilton’s huge success in 2011, with The Speckled People, the renowned Irish writer’s new play focuses on the themes of loyalty, defeat and freedom. In 1916 a sailor with the Royal Navy returns home injured from the First World War Battle of Jutland in the North Sea, unable to speak or tell his own story. His wife welcomes him back with open arms, but discovers that the war has changed him, and his own mother begins to question whether this really is her son. As the facts begin to emerge, the conflict between the sailor's wife and his mother reaches palpable intensity. As the mariner slowly relearns how to speak, will his true identity be revealed? The Mariner previews from Thursday 25th September with its opening night taking place on Tuesday 30th September. The play runs until 1st November. Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival benchmark in the city’s festival calendar, the Dublin Theatre Festival has been a fixture in the capital’s social and cultural life since 1957. Celebrate its illustrious history with a special collection of the festival programmes, posters, photographs and more at Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival, at The Little Museum of Dublin. Launched as part of An Tóstal, a tourism promotion initiative back in the 50s, the Dublin Theatre Festival has seen 55 editions over seven decades, and has always managed to mirror the changing shape of the city and the developing careers of artists and theatre companies. With a longstanding reputation for mixing celebration with provocation, the festival has continually showcased the very best of Ireland without shying away from revealing its uncomfortable truths. With artefacts from private and public collections, theatre-goers and the culturally curious will revel in this excellent exhibition. Admission is free with any Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 ticket stub. Dublin Theatre Festival in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. The festival currently takes place over 18 days from the final Thursday in September to the second Saturday in October .  At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. The spirit of the festival lies in the people who engage with us as dedicated friends or curious spectators, and we welcome and value the participation of all our artists, audiences and guests. We aim to present a festival that captures the imagination of Dublin’s citizens and nurtures a sense of connection and community in the city.                 Throughout the festival performances take place in venues and locations across the city. Our programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes.  We present classic drama by celebrated companies and artists alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre-makers from home and abroad.                                                                                                                                                                                     Revenant by Purple Heart Theatre Company, written by Stewart Roche, and starring Simon Toal; Revenant boasts the unusual combination of zombies and the Irish famine in a unique and eerie production. Carter has found the perfect location to shoot his zombie movie set during the famine - a country house on an island off the coast of Mayo. The only catch is he has it for just three days. So when his lead actor drops out the day before shooting starts, Carter is faced with a dilemma - pull the plug on his dream project or cast the mysterious Vardell, an actor with a dark unknown past. Nominated for the 2014 Stewart Parker Award, audiences will revel in this darkly comic and thrilling production with a frightening edge. “Roche's script is a spikenard of playful savagery along with a wealth of sardonic wit....blending the spine-tingling shiver with the knowing smile...genuinely chilling... Simon Toal is a one-man continuum of entertainment.” - Irish Independent.   A Keane Sense renowned Irish playwright, novelist and essayist John B. Keane this Culture Night at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght. Join Jon Kenny, Mary McEvoy, Billy Traynor, David Gilna and Vincent Kennedy as they read extracts from the unrivalled writings of the late Listowel legend responsible for the likes of The Field, Sive, The Matchmaker and Big Maggie, among many others. With plenty of craic and ceol to celebrate this unique evening in the cultural calendar, fans of Keane’s knowing wit and insightful Irish perspective will not be disappointed. The Misanthrope Theatre proudly presents a contemporary reimagining of Molière’s The Misanthrope, at The Ha’penny Bridge Inn, Temple Bar, this September. This new take on Molière’s classic satire, penned by Dante Black, moves the action to a Dublin local, following the titular misanthrope Alceste as he grows increasingly frustrated with the vapid posturing of those he surrounds himself with. Directed by Barry O’Donovan, this version takes Molière’s controversial satire of French aristocratic society and gives it a modern, Irish twist. Scrutinising the socialites, bloggers and desperate young musicians of modern Ireland, rather that the French aristocracy, it still retains the ambiguous morality of Molière’s original. Part of this fresh approach includes the novelty of the audience discovering that the action is taking place all around them in the venue, not just in front of them, in this unique, immersive presentation. Admission includes a glass of wine. ÚR“Severaldozenhowlingheadsdeconstructingthebullshitinacacophonyof Colour. Sound. Words. Movement. Drone.” This is Pettycash’s epic description of their vibrant new show, ÚR, part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Calling for an expulsion and an exercise in freedom, we're in a head on collision with the fragmenting effects of the human experience and all that isolates the individual from the whole. Pettycash is putting an end to it all and inviting you to whip out your freak flag and join them in an immersive celebration through spoken word and drones. This is the sound of the human spirit humming eternally: ''I am here, here are we. Our body is my own and we are free". Critically acclaimed Pettycash (Niamh Beirne and Oisin McKenna) are a company based in the capital who strive to create accessible, socially engaged spoken word and spoken word theatre. A playful, innovative production, audiences will be enthralled by the group’s vivid performances at The Mart, Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6. Tickets Full price €13 Preview €11 Concession €11 Borstal Boy to the Gaiety Theatre for the first time in 25 years, Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy enjoys a limited run from 11th September to 11th October. This critically acclaimed and commemorative production marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Irish author's death and tells his captivating story. A renowned Irish playwright and novelist, Brendan Behan was also a youthful revolutionary of sorts. His Borstal stint came about when at the tender age of 16, he was arrested in Liverpool with a suitcase full of explosives. Borstal Boy is the truly compelling autobiographical record of Behan's experiences from that very day, right through to his imprisonment, trial, remand to reform school and final release. Delinquent schools in England at the time were called Borstal Institutions, and Behan's account of his years as a Borstal Boy is told in vigorous and dramatic prose. His daughter, Blanaid Walker said recently: “In a way he was lucky to end up in a borstal…. The governor was like a principal and encouraged the boys to rise up out of poverty that many had been born into”. Starring Peter Coonan (Love/Hate, What Richard Did, Quirke) as the younger Behan, and Gary Lydon (Calvary, The Guard, War Horse) as the elder, audiences will be wowed by this vivid account. This incredible production of Borstal Boy was adapted for the stage by Frank McMahon, directed by Conall Morrison, and produced by Donal Shiels. The Centre of the Universe his first one man show, actor John Doran brings his memorable piece The Centre of the Universe to Bewley’s Cafe Theatre as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. With a lot of comedy, plenty of the truisms of life and all the things you don’t consider when you’re not part of a cult, this show is unique to say the least. John is your best friend and he’d like you to join a cult. What’s this? Join a cult? The things with crazy people in them? What’s the cult? Who’s the leader? What do they believe? Shouldn’t I be staying away from cults in general? Short answer, yes. They’re awful things. Demanding, isolating, costly and generally kind of dumb. Except this one, of course. This is a good cult. A cult you want to be in. John presents to you, the cult of personality. Performances 9th, 11th, 17th September - 1pm 12th, 19th, 20th September - 6.15pm 14th September - 8.30pm Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Dublin Fringe Festival is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. Dublin Fringe Festival supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. An active curator, Dublin Fringe Festival provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. Dublin Fringe Festival provides context for new work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life. For 18 days the festival transforms Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. It is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work. Dublin Fringe, unlike many Fringes internationally, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience. See for more information on this years programme. Dublin Festival Season knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival Pride and Prejudice its sell-out run last Christmas, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice returns to the Gate Theatre due to enormous popular demand this August to September. Celebrating the novel’s 200th anniversary, director Alan Stanford’s acclaimed production of Austen’s classic will make you fall in love with the witty, romantic tale, and the vibrant Bennet sisters, all over again. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” When the feisty Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and handsome Mr. Darcy, the sparks simply fly. Although at first she finds him boastful, arrogant and conceited, her detest only grows on discovering his part in derailing the blossoming relationship between her beloved sister Jane and his friend Bingley. In the comic events that follow, the family’s lives are turned upside down, and inside out. Will the spirited Elizabeth and the proud yet charismatic Mr. Darcy overcome their first impressions, especially when pride and prejudice takes over? Starring Sam O’Mahony, Aoibhín Garrihy and Lorna Quinn, audiences will revel in this delightful 18th century romance. Tickets €25 - €35